Ratatouille

Photo: Maura McEvoy

This meatless main dish is loaded with hearty vegetables and a lightly spiced flavor, thanks to fresh basil and a bay leaf. Pair this one-dish meal with crusty bread and you have a complete meal ready to eat in about 30 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings
Recipe from Real Simple

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Recipe Time

Prep Time:
Other: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 41mg
  • Calories: 151
  • Calories from fat: 1%
  • Carbohydrate: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Protein: 3mg
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 586mg

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into thin slices
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into slivers
  • 4 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. Over medium-low heat, add the oil to a large skillet with the onion, garlic, and bay leaf, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened. Add the eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until the eggplant has softened. Stir in the zucchini, red bell pepper, tomatoes, and salt, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the basil and a few grinds of pepper to taste.
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