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How to Make Ratatouille (Authentic Recipe)

Ratatouille is a southern French dish that hails from the Provence region of France. It is a hearty vegetable stew best made with fresh end-of-summer produce. Ratatouille is a healthy French dish as it is packed with vegetables and can be easily made vegan.

sliced Ratatouille freshly baked in a red round Staub cast iron pot

The name Ratatouille comes from the French verb “touiller” which means to stir up. The dish was first mentioned in a traditional cookbook in 1783.

The title of the 2007 Pixar film Ratatouille is a reference to the dish. The classic French dish was featured in the film, with the main character being a rat named Remy who aspires to be a chef.

Here are the steps to whip up this delicious French recipe.

Ratatouille Recipe

This traditional French Ratatouille recipe serves up to 6 people.


  • 5 tomatoes
  • 2 eggplants
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Ratatouille

  1. Slice all your vegetables into medium sized pieces (all approximately the same size, about ½ inch), keeping them separate.
  2. In a pan, heat oil on medium heat and sautée onions with a pinch of salt. Once translucent, add eggplant and bell peppers, then season with a pinch of salt then let cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the zucchini, add a pinch of salt then let cook for 5 more minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and herbs, then season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cover and let cook on low heat for 30 minutes.


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