One of my all time favourite summer dishes is ratatouille. Simple, delicious and bursting with the flavours of summer. When I lived in France (many moons ago it seems) I would head down to the Saturday market and grab all of the ingredients, amongst other things, to make a big batch of this for the week ahead. There I would use fresh tomatoes as they were so juicy and perfectly ripe. I use passata in the recipe as good quality ripe tomatoes aren’t always so easy to come by. If you can find some ripe and juicy tomatoes substitute them in for the passata.
Served hot or cold it makes for a delicious side dish or served alone with some cous cous (my personal favourite) to soak up all the juice.
1 large Red Onion, peeled and sliced
2 cloves of Garlic, crushed
1 medium Aubergine, diced into 1cm cubes
1 large Courgette, sliced into 1 cm thick rounds
1 Red Pepper, cut into thick slices
1 Green Pepper, cut into thick slices
250 ml Passata
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Bay Leaf
2-3 sprigs of Fresh Thyme
½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Black Pepper
Handful of Fresh Basil
- Place a large heavy based saucepan over a medium heat. Add in the olive oil.
- Once the oil is heated add in the onion and cook until the onion has softened and starts to take some colour.
- Now add in the garlic, stir about until it turns golden brown.
- Add in the aubergine, red pepper, green pepper and courgette. Fry these off for a few minute to give them some colour.
- Add in the passata, salt, pepper, thyme and bay leaf, stir everything together.
- Lower the heat to a low flame and leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes, until all the vegetables are cooked.
- Place in a serving dish and sprinkle over some fresh basil.
Enjoy! X x