Ratatouille

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My version of this rich tasty rustic French stew ! I love this , it was a staple back in my veggie days. I made it for the first time in months last week and thought its time to share!

It’s perfect as a side dish with some meat or topped with fried or poached eggs or even with some crusty bread! Its healthy and nutrient packed with lots of veggies! It took me 3 days and 5 meals to get through this pot of stew! Perfect meal prep side .

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Ingredients:

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  • 2 x onions
  • 2 aubergines
  • 2 courgettes
  • Olive oil
  • 25 grams fresh basil
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 4-5 large mushrooms ( flat cap /Portobello ..I used the big tesco wonky mushrooms)
  • 6 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 pepper ( red or yellow)
  • Dried thyme
  • 2 x Bay leaves
  • 1 x tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic
  • Salt and Pepper

Method :

  • With this dish its best to chop all your veg in advance ! Makes the process easier . Chop them all chunky inch pieces approx is fine including the tomatoes ( de seed peppers and take the core from the tomatoes)
  • Pick the basil leaves from their stalks and finely chop the stalks
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large pot add your aubergine , courgette and peppers and fry them for 5 minutes or until lightly softened and browned . Remove them from the pan and pop into a bowl and keep to the side
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  • To the same pan add your onion , finely chopped basil stalks and chopped garlic fry lightly then add a tablespoon of dried thyme. Fry for 10 minutes
  • Now add a tablespoon more oil and then put all your pre cooked veggies back in then stir in your fresh and tinned tomatoes.
  • Add next your balsamic and a good pinch of salt and pepper
  • Give the mix a good stir and mash the tomatoes around a bit .
  • Turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 30 minutes at this point tear in all our fresh basil leaves and cook for 5 more minutes. Rest it for 10 minutes then serve!!!

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xx

 

Jayne

 

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