Vegetables are sautéed for extra flavor before adding to the slow cooker. Tomato Paste and Crushed Tomatoes are added to them, along with fresh herbs. A French classic that is great as an entrée or a perfect side dish.
Heat a 10 inch skillet on medium heat. Add a drizzle of oil and when hot, quickly toss in the onions and garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in Red Gold Tomato Paste and stir to combine. Place in slow cooker.
Place skillet back on the heat. Heat oil and then add eggplant, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, zucchini and summer squash. Cook until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Add to slow cooker.
Stir in Red Gold Crushed Tomatoes, basil and thyme. Set the slow cooker to low and cook about 5 hours.
Serve as a side dish or entrée, sprinkle with parsley. Ratatouille is excellent cold or reheated the next day.