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Here’s how to make ratatouille – the easy way! Ratatouille is a delicious vegetarian dish that is so simple and flavorful, it will surely become your favorite! 

Ratatouille is a popular French recipe you probably know from the Pixar movie with the same name. Ratatouille is one of my favorite animated movies and if you haven’t watched it, you should! 🙂 In the movie, it looked like a fancy, complicated dish but in fact, it’s quite easy to make!

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The traditional ratatouille recipe is actually a just a simple recipe with stewed vegetables arranged beautifully in a dish.  It is sometimes referred to as ratatouille niçoise and its name is derived from the French word touiller which means “to stir up”.

healthy ratatouille recipe

There are many ways to make ratatouille and I chose the easiest one for you today with the basic ratatouille ingredients. This recipe is made with onions, zucchini, eggplant and bell pepper spiced with herbs and slow-cooked in a creamy tomato sauce with a subtle garlic flavor.

The prep part takes about 15 minutes, or less if you have a mandoline and slice the veggies with it. The cooking takes about 50 minutes but the result is well worth the time spent in the kitchen. This French vegetable stew is so fragrant and rich in flavors. The texture is pretty incredible too and it looks quite spectacular!

authentic french ratatouille recipe

Serve this easy ratatouille recipe with fresh basil on top and you’re in for a treat! I will show you exactly how to make ratatouille, step by step, from the sauce preparation to slicing the vegetables and arranging them in the oven dish.

Hope you’ll give it a try!

How to make Ratatouille healthy ratatouille recipe

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How to Make Ratatouille

ratatouille recipe

Here's how to make ratatouille! This delicious, vegetarian dish is so simple and flavorful, it will surely become your favorite!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 2 medium zucchinis, sliced
  • 2 medium eggplant, sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 2 medium red bell pepper, sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh basil
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 small tomatoes, peeled and crushed
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Heat a large, oven-friendly skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the olive oil, minced garlic, thyme and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes and continue to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Place the sliced veggies, in the skillet over the sauce, in a spiral pattern around the skillet until the entire pan is covered.
  6. Brush the veggies with the olive oil and sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and oregano.
  7. Bake in the oven about 50 minutes or until the veggies are soft and tender.
  8. Serve with fresh basil leaves on top.

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 385Total Fat 14.7gCarbohydrates 50gProtein 13g

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Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Looking at the recipe it indeed looks delicious, except this is a tian, not a ratatouille.

Ruxandra Micu

Tuesday 23rd of July 2019

They look so similar! What's the difference between tian and ratatouille?

Karen Felix De Jesus

Monday 26th of November 2018

i dont have oven nor microwave can i use steamer?

Ruxandra Micu

Thursday 6th of December 2018

I don't think so. This recipe needs an oven, otherwise, it will turn into a mushy mess.


Friday 9th of November 2018

Very good, I made a ratatouille for the first time and my family loved it!

Ruxandra Micu

Thursday 6th of December 2018

Thank you, Marianne! So happy to hear this!


Tuesday 1st of May 2018

This turned out exactly like in your photos! Too bad me and my bf ate it before taking some good photos. Thank you! It was delicious!


Tuesday 1st of May 2018

Hehe! It happens to me way too often! I have to cook for the blog only when I'm not hungry! :D


Saturday 14th of April 2018

This was the first time I made ratatouille and loved it! Thank you for the recipe!

Michelle Wall

Tuesday 23rd of July 2019

Made this and it was so yummy! Even my picky 4 year old ate it. I look forward to making it again!


Tuesday 1st of May 2018

You're welcome!

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