Ratatouille. Not The Rat.

Before it was a Pixar (and therefore heart-breaking) movie, ratatouille was a rustic French dish made of vegetables most people hate but it turns out it’s pretty great. Here’s what you need:

  • Tomato paste
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Thyme
  • Zucchini
  • Summer Squash
  • Eggplant
  • Tomato
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

There are no hard and fast measurements here.

To start, cover the bottom of a small baking pan or skillet in foil. Cover the bottom in olive oil, then add enough tomato paste to cover it again (I used this kind, it’s much easier to just squeeze out what you need). Chop the garlic and onions and spread them evenly on the paste, then sprinkle salt and pepper on it.

Peel the zucchini and summer squash, then slice them, the eggplant, peppers and tomato thin. Put them in a mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil, then add thyme, salt and pepper and toss by hand so they are evenly covered.

Alternate slices of all the vegetables in the pan, starting from the outside in in a spiral, or a circle if your pan is small. Keep going until you run out of room. If you have left over veggies, use them to make another layer starting from the middle. It’s decorative and fun!

Once you’re out of vegetables, drizzle with a little more olive oil, and add a bit more pepper and salt. If you want to use cheese, sprinkle some on now. Put in an oven preheated to 375° F (190° C) and bake for 45 minutes. When it’s done, sprinkle with more cheese if you want.

This is based on the recipe from the movie, but not nearly as neat looking because it’s artisanal and rustic. (I’m sloppy)

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