2007 was a great year for Disney. It was the year that Ratatouille became one of the most beloved movies of our time. The film features Remy, a rat living in the sewers of Paris who dreams of a life in the kitchen.
Ratatouille is traditionally a peasant dish, made from the winter harvest.
This recipe is easy, can be used in a variety of ways, and may be easily altered to fit your palette!
– 2 zucchinis
-2 yellow Italian squashes
-1 yellow onion
-5 garlic cloves
-1 can of stewed tomatoes (I prefer the brand S&W)
-salt and pepper
-Rustic Italian bread
prep time: 15 minutes
cook time: 30 minutes
Turn on oven to 375 degrees.
Cut zucchini and squash into 1 cm rondelle slices. Cut onion into slices, then into quarters. Peel and mince garlic. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. Add garlic and onions, and let sweat for several minutes until tender. *Make sure not to burn the garlic*. Add zucchini and squash. Increase to higher heat and cook the vegetables until almost tender, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Crush in hand and add stewed tomatoes, fresh ripped basil, oregano, and salt and pepper (to taste). Reduce back to medium and cover, let cook for 20 minutes.
After about 13 minutes of simmering, cut a large piece of rustic Italian bread. On a baking sheet, lay the bread, crust down. Brush with olive oil. Add shredded parmesan and oregano. Place in oven for 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bread is golden.
On a plate place the bread along with a helping of the ratatouille stew. Add shredded parmesan on top and Voila! you have a peasant meal fit for a king!
Note: You may also make extra ratatouille to use for a variety of dishes. Skip the bread and add it to scrambled eggs, rice, polenta, pasta, or enjoy it cold with pita and hummus. Ratatouille is great as a side dish or as the main event of your next delicious, healthy, homemade meal.