How To Make Ratatouille

Perhaps most known for it being the name of one of Disney’s most beloved animated movies, Ratatouille is one of France’s signature dishes. Hailing from the Provencal region in the South of France, this vegetable dish is a summer classic throughout the entire Mediterranean coast of Europe. A vegetable stew of sorts, famous chefs like Julia Child insisted on a layering techniques that cooks the eggplant and zucchini separately while the tomato, onion, garlic and spices are cooked in another pan into a sauce. In the last step, all the ingredients are combined and baked in an oven until the flavors have married together. Used for breakfast, lunch and dinner, ratatouille is easily one of the most versatile French dishes there is.

Learn how to master this classic French dish in a video tutorial with our online culinary school chef. For a vegetarian dish, ratatouille is overflowing with amazing flavor that will blow you away.


1 yellow onion
5 cloves garlic, chopped
4 oz olive oil
2 medium zucchini, medium diced
1 medium eggplant, medium diced
1 red bell pepper, medium diced
1 yellow bell pepper, medium diced
1 green bell pepper, medium diced
5 tomatoes, medium diced
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp herbs de Provence (rosemary, sage, thyme, marjoram, lavender buds and tarragon)
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Heat a large sautée pan over medium heat; add olive oil and sautée the onions, garlic, herbs de Provence and bay leaf for two minutes or until translucent.
2. Add the peppers, eggplant and zucchini and sautée until tender, approximately 10 minutes.
3. Add the tomatoes, fresh basil, parsley and seasonings and sauté for 5 more minutes. Season to taste before serving.

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