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How To Cook A Vegetarian Ratatouille

Thelma Alberts is passionate about baking and cooking, and she likes to get creative. She worked for many years in cafeterias in Germany.

Ready to eat Ratatouille.

Ready to eat Ratatouille.

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Since I came back from my holiday in the Philippines, I was not able to make my favorite French recipe, Ratatouille. Ratatouille is a vegetable stew which originated in the south of France. It is made from aubergines or eggplants, courgettes or zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlics and some other herbs from the provence like oregano and parsley. I used to cook these vegetables with pork chops but today I made it in vegetarian way as I don´t like to eat much meat. No pork at all.



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Serves 4 persons as a menu or 6 side dishes

Courgette/Zucchini, Aubergine/Eggplant and Pepper Bell

Courgette/Zucchini, Aubergine/Eggplant and Pepper Bell


  • 2 or more tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 or more cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 big size onion, chopped
  • 1 medium size tomatoe, peeled and sliced into small pieces
  • 1 medium size aubergine (eggplant), cut into cubes or desired size
  • juice of half lemon, juice to mix with the aubergine
  • 1 medium size courgette/zucchini, cut into desirable size
  • 1 medium size red bell pepper, cut into desirable size
  • 1 big can tomatoe sauce, with tomatoe chunks
  • 1 or more teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper or chili to taste

Olive Oil

Vegetables for Ratatouille: tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, onions, garlic and parsley.

Vegetables for Ratatouille: tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, onions, garlic and parsley.

How To Cook The Ratatouille

  1. Heat a frying pan or a pot for making a stew on a medium heat of an electric or gas range. You can make this stew in an open fire if you have to or want to. Spread and heat the oil in the pot. Sauté the cloves of garlic and onions. Stir. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Add the tomatoe slices and stir again.
  2. Mix the aubergine/eggplant with lemon juice so that it will not become dark in color. Add to the pot and stir very well. Then add the courgette/zucchini and the red bell peppers. Stir the vegetables and cover with the lid of the pot. Let it cook until the vegetables are half done.
  3. When it´s half done, add the can of tomatoe sauce with tomatoe chunks and let it cook for a few minutes or until it is done for your taste.
  4. Spread salt, pepper or chili and oregano on top of the stew and stir them well. Taste if it is salty or spicy enough for you.
  5. Put off the fire under the pot and spread the chopped parsley on top of the ratatouille. Voila! It is ready to be served.
  6. Serve ratatouille with rice or baguette and a glass of red wine if you wish. Bon Apetit!


Cut Aubergine/Eggplant in saltwater.

Cut Aubergine/Eggplant in saltwater.

How To Serve Ratatouille

Ratatouille can be serve in many ways:

  • In Asia (ex. Philippines), you can serve Ratatouille by putting it in the middle of the table with other food and eat it with rice.
  • In Europe like in Germany, France and Italy, we eat the Ratatouille with bread like bread rolls, (white, whole or rye bread rolls) but mostly with baguette.
Ratatouille without parsley spread on top.

Ratatouille without parsley spread on top.

Health Benefits Of:

  • Aubergine has a lot of minerals and vitamins such as vitamin A,B,C, magnesium, calcium, potassium, etc. It contains no fat. It is known to have a chlorogenic acid which is high in antioxidant. It helps prevent cancer and lower the cholesterol.
  • Bell Pepper has a lot of vitamin C, vitamin B6, folic acid, beta carotene and thiamin. Red bell pepper like tomatoe, contains lycopene which helps against heart diseases and cancer.
  • Tomatoe contains a lot of lycopene which also helps protect against heart diseases and cancer. It has a lot of vitamins, minerals and lots of antioxidant to fight against different kinds of cancer. It is very healthy for the heart, the eyes, the skin and it helps fight against urinary infection.
  • Garlic is known to be very healthy although it stinks a lot. It helps strengthen the immune system, helps against cold and flu, hypertension and against cancer.
  • Courgette/Zucchini has a very low calorie and no cholesterol. It is a good source of Vitamin A & C, riboflavin, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron and thiamin.
  • Onion contains a lot of Vitamin C, B1, B6, calcium and biotin. It helps fight against colds, flu and asthma. It is anti viral, lowers the blood pressure and makes the blood thin.
  • Parsley helps strenghthen the immune system, is inflammatory, good for the heart, has a lot of vitamins and it prevents against prostate and colon cancer.

Thank you for reading this hub and I hope you enjoyed reading it. Please don´t forget to leave a comment.

Source: Wikipedia and Webster Dictionary

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Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 25, 2017:

Yes, it is Carol. It is one of my comfort foods here in Germany especially in winter. Thanks for dropping by.

Carol Taylor from Thailand on May 24, 2017:

Lovely comfort food :) Tomatoes are my favourite, I am not too keen on aubergines I eat them but not my favorite :)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on October 04, 2013:

Thank you DDE for your visit. This is indeed a very healthy meal. Have a lovely weekend!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 04, 2013:

How To Cook A Vegetarian Ratatouille I often cook this meal but had no idea what it was called until we had friends over a while ago and they decided to make this meal, An excellent idea for a good treat A very healthy meal indeed thanks for sharing your version of Ratatouille

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 15, 2013:

I´m glad to hear that. Have a great day!

Vishakha Bajaj on June 15, 2013:

This is one of my favorite dish.Thanks for sharing this post.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 13, 2013:

Thank you for your visit and for your vote, Peggy. I´m planning to cook ratatouille again this week as I have not made it when I was in my home country for many months. I would love to eat this with baguette slices and a glas of red wine. Yummy! I ´m hungry now by just writing about this food;-)LOL.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 13, 2013:

Hi Idigwebsites! Yes, eggplants should always be there in this recipe. Without it, it just another kind of a vegetable stew. Thanks for your visit. Have a nice day;-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 13, 2013:

Hi Ishwaryaa22! The ratatouille film was nice, too. I have eaten my first ratatouille in the 80´s when I was new here in Germany. It was delicious that I have eaten a lot with baguette and was imagining how perfect it could be if rice was there too. I have not eaten rice for weeks at that time and there was no Asian shop nearby. Thanks for your dropping by and for pinning and sharing this. I hope you´ll enjoy your ratatouille;-)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 13, 2013:

I love eating and making Ratatouille. Your recipe sounds delicious and your photos added much to this hub. Up and useful votes as well as another 5 stars for you.

idigwebsites from United States on June 13, 2013:

As long as there's my favorite eggplant, then it's really really good! Will try your version of the ratatouille (which I've also heard was originally a peasant dish). Up and useful. Thanks for sharing. :)

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on June 13, 2013:

A tasty & healthy recipe! I have heard about this French delicacy thanks to the famous animated film with the same name. With easy-to-find ingredients and direct instructions, I would like to give it a try. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 08, 2013:

Hi daisyjae! Thanks for stopping by and for voting 5 stars;-)

daisyjae from Canada on April 07, 2013:

What a delicious & healthy recipe - rated 5 stars!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 07, 2012:

Hi Hollie! Thanks for dropping by and for giving a comment. Enjoy your ratatouille and please tell me how´d you like it. Have a lovely weekend!

Hollie Thomas from United Kingdom on September 07, 2012:

Hi Thelma,

I love ratatouille but haven't thought about making it in the longest time. I must say, yours looks divine. Bookmarked and will be making soon. :)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 16, 2012:

Thanks carol7777 for your stopping by and for your comment. Yes, this recipe has a lot of vitamins and minerals. Have a great day!

carol stanley from Arizona on July 16, 2012:

Besides being a great recipe I appreciate all the vitamin and mineral benefits. Photos are lovely. Great hub. Thumbs UP

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 26, 2012:

So it´s time for you now to have a proper ratatouille, Simone. Have a try. Thanks for your visit.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 26, 2012:

Thank you for your comment and for sharing this hub to Twitter. This is indeed easy to cook recipe. Have a lovely day, How to-Answers!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 25, 2012:

I've never had a proper ratatouille before. This looks absolutely amazing. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe and beautiful photos!

L M Reid from Ireland on June 25, 2012:

This Rattouille does looks so appetizing in your photos. The cooking process looks easy enough from your step by step instructions so think I may give this recipe a try.

Shared on Twitter and voted 5 stars

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 25, 2012:

Well then, enjoy cooking this ratatouille. It is fabolous with rice pilaf. I usually eat this with baguette but because there is always leftover here every time I cook, so I eat this with rice for the next meal, for a change. Thanks for stopping by rmcrayne.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 25, 2012:

Good morning anglnwu! This is a French stew with vegetables served with baguette or any kind of bread. I sometimes eat this with rice. Thanks for your comment and for sharing this hub. Have a great week!

rmcrayne from San Antonio Texas on June 24, 2012:

This vegetarian rattouille looks really good, and I happen to have all these ingredients. I think it would be fabulous with some rice pilaf.

anglnwu on June 24, 2012:

I love all the vegetables used--so colorful and good for health. I love vegetarian soup and this dish fits the bill. Rated up and shared.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 24, 2012:

Oh, wow! That´s a great tip. Grilling the vegetables over a wood fire feels like going home for me to the Philippines. But of course with olive oil. I love to eat these aubergine, zuchinne, bell peppers grilled in the oven with olive oil and herbs like oregano and thyme. Thanks for visiting.

Darrylmdavis from Brussels, Belgium on June 24, 2012:

Actually - traditionally in France - this dish would usually qualify as vegetarian or even vegan in most cases (as long as you use olive oil and not butter).For a nice twist, try grilling the veggies over a wood fire and then assembling them in a pot afterwords to stew a bit. :-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 24, 2012:

Good morning lovedoctor926! Yes, it is delicious. Have a try and cook this recipe. Thanks for your comment. Have a lovely sunday!

lovedoctor926 on June 23, 2012:

This stew looks delicious and very tasty. voted up awesome!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 23, 2012:

Thank you Crystal. I hope you will like it. Have a great weekend!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 23, 2012:

Hi Stefan Imbiss! Thanks for visiting my hub. Enjoy cooking!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on June 23, 2012:

Thanks very much for this recipe. I am always looking for new vegetarian recipes to try, and this one looks delicious. Voted up.

Stefan Imbiss from Strullendorf on June 23, 2012:

Sounds yummy! Makes me hungry so I´ll start to cook right away.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 23, 2012:

Thank you for leaving a comment livingpah2004. Have a great weekend!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 23, 2012:

Thank you jolinabetts. Have a try to tell me how´d you like it.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 23, 2012:

Good morning JayeWisdom! Thanks for your comment. Happy cooking! I hope you like the ratatouille. Bon Apetit!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 23, 2012:

I know I missed something in this hub. The thyme! Thanks for reminding me. My husband and I used pepper or chili to make it a bit spicy. Thanks for stopping by Leroyworld.

Milli from USA on June 22, 2012:

This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

Ladysee from Kalamazoo on June 22, 2012:

Wow Great Hub! I'm going to try this myself. Thank you for sharing!

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on June 22, 2012:

The photos are wonderful and make my mouth water. Vegetarian ratatouille blends many of my favorite ingredients in a delightful way. I was just wondering what to have for dinner....So glad I bought an eggplant yesterday, since I already have everything else needed. Thanks!

Leroyworld from Texas, No place else on June 22, 2012:

Ratatouille is one of my favorite dishes. I like to use thyme instead of peppers or chili's.

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