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Community Recipe
from [robinarroyave]

Ratatouille

  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 4 clove(s) garlic
  • 3/4 cup(s) onion, finely chopped
  • 2 (28-oz) can(s) peeled Italian tomatoes
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 (1-lb) eggplant
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 6 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, cut into 1-in. pieces
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-in. pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-in. pieces
  • 2 zucchini, quartered lengthwise then cut into 1/2-in pieces
  • 4 clove(s) garlic, thickly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoon(s) dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon(s) dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper
  • 1/2 cup(s) chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup(s) tomato sauce

Preparation

Pour 4 tablespoons olive oil into a 3-quart saucepan set on medium-high heat and cook the 4 whole cloves of garlic and onion for 3-5 minutes. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the onions are soft and begin to brown, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the onions are cooking, put the tomatoes and their juices in a blender and process until smooth. Add the tomato puree to the onion mixture, raise the heat to high and bring to a boil for 5-8 minutes. Reduce the heat, add the basil and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Sprinkle the eggplant cubes with ΒΌ teaspoon of the salt and place in a colander set inside a bowl to catch the juices. Cover with a small plate, place a weight on top and drain for 15-20 minutes. Pat the eggplant dry with a towel and set aside.

Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large nonstick saute set on high heat until sizzling, about 2 minutes. Add the drained eggplant, cook for 5 minutes, tossing several times, then remove to a bowl.

Add the remaining olive oil to the same pan and heat on high until sizzling , about 2 minutes. Cook the onion, peppers, and zucchini for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, thyme, oregano, parsley, pepper and the remaining salt and cook for 3 minutes, until the vegetables have browned. Pour in the chicken stock and the browned eggplant and cook until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce and cook until the sauce is thick, about 2 minutes. The vegetables may be cooled to room temperature and served, but the flavors will be more fully developed if refrigerated overnight, then returned to room temperature before serving.

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