We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Ratatouille?

By Aniza Pourtauborde
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
DelightedCooking is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At DelightedCooking, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Ratatouille is a classic stewed vegetable dish that comes from the French region of Provence. The first half of its name, rata is believed to be a slang word for "chunky stew" while the second half is derived from the French verb touillir which means "to stir."

A popular and versatile dish, ratatouille can be consumed hot, cold or at room temperature. In a meal, it can be served as an appetizer, main course or a side dish to pasta, rice, couscous and noodles.

Ratatouille is relatively easy to prepare and comprises of a variety of fresh vegetables, which includes tomatoes, zucchinis, eggplants, bell peppers, onions and garlic. Other ingredients such as bay leaves and herbes de Provence are also added to further enhance the taste and aroma of this delicious French stew. When cooking ratatouille, it is important that one does not compromise the savory flavor of this dish for a quickly prepared meal. It is highly recommended to cook each vegetable slowly and separately before combining them all in one pot towards the end of the cooking time.

How to Make Ratatouille

Ingredients:
1.1 pounds (500 g) of tomatoes
1.1 pounds (500 g) of eggplants
1.1 pounds (500 g) of zucchinis
1.1 pounds (500 g) of bell peppers
4 onions
4 cloves of garlic
Olive oil
Herbes de Provence
Bay leaves
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Rinse and dice the tomatoes, eggplants, zucchinis and bell peppers. Slice the onions finely and chop the garlic. Heat the olive oil in a large cooking pot. Begin making the ratatouille by sautéing the eggplants. Once they are cooked through, dish them onto a plate and reserve them on the side. Do the same with the zucchinis and bell peppers. Next, sauté the finely sliced onions until they become slightly colored. Add on the diced tomatoes and cook for about five minutes.

To make the ratatouille, combine all the cooked eggplants, zucchinis, bell peppers, onions and tomatoes into the same pot. Shake a healthy helping of herbes de Provence over the vegetables. Add one or two bay leaves as well. Stir in salt and pepper to taste. Cover the cooking pot and allow the vegetables to stew for thirty minutes. At the end of the thirty minutes, stir the chopped garlic into the ratatouille. Cook for another five minutes. Finally, take out the bay leaves from the ratatouille and adjust the seasonings if necessary.

Serve the ratatouille immediately as a hot accompaniment to your couscous, rice, pasta or noodles. You may also let it cool before placing it in the refrigerator overnight. Then, serve it as a cold appetizer for your next meal.

DelightedCooking is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.