In honor of the upcoming Academy Awards, this month’s recipe redux theme is “Oscars in the Kitchen.” We were asked to re-create a recipe from our favorite food scene or featured dish in a movie. The timing couldn’t have worked out any better because about a week prior I found myself watching the animated film, Ratatouille where a rat doubles as a culinary whiz with aspirations of becoming a Chef. In the movie, he teaches his friend, a kitchen worker at a famous restaurant, how to make the traditional French dish, ratatouille.
Truth be told, I’d never made this classic dish before. Traditionally seen in the summer when veggies are in season, it tasted like a nice hearty vegetarian meal for a cold winter’s night. Ratatouille is often enjoyed as a side dish but can be a main vegetarian dish when paired with rice, pasta, or crusty bread.
- 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large eggplant, cubed
- 2 bell peppers, cubed
- 2 zucchini squash, cubed
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- Splash of red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a casserole dish or rimmed baking sheet, roast tomatoes with 2 tbsp olive oil for 30 minutes.
- Salt the eggplant and let sit in a colander for 15-30 minutes to remove juices. Pat dry with a paper towel.
- Add olive oil to a dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and garlic to the pot. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until they are wilted and lightly caramelized, about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add the peppers and salt and pepper and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the eggplant, zucchini, roasted tomatoes, bay leaf and thyme.
- Bring to a simmer and let gently simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add a splash of red wine vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
We served ours with whole-wheat penne and sprinkled Parmesan cheese. Super simple and delicious. We'll definitely be making this again come Summer after we hit up a Farmer's Market.