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Ratatouille Nicoise

Ratatouille is French rustic comfort food for fall. You must eat Ratatouille at least once in your lifetime!
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Keyword how to make ratatouille, ratatouille nicoise, ratatouille nicoise recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 90 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 4 red and yellow pepper seeded, deribbed and chopped
  • 5 garden fresh tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1-2 heads of garlic peeled left whole
  • 2 large eggplants or 4-6 Japanese eggplant cut into cubes
  • 1 rib celery 2 2-3 inch slices
  • 2 bay leaves
  • fresh thyme
  • fresh parsley
  • strip of orange peel
  • 2-4 small zucchini cut into cubes
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • fresh basil


  1. Warm 1/4 cup oil in a large pot over low heat.  Add the onions and let them soften for 10 minutes or so.  As you prepare the other vegetables, add them in turn, with the exception of the zucchini; start with the peppers first.  After the additional of the eggplant, raise the heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon of kosher salt.  Stir well.  As it begins to boil turn the heat to low.  Make the bouquet garni by placing the bay, thyme, parlsey, orange peel then another in between the two pieces of celery and tie together. Press the bouquet garni into the center, cover and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile prepare zucchini and after 30 minutes add to simmer vegetables.  Gently pressing down on zucchini.  Cover and let simmer for 1-2 hours.  Remove from heat and drain the vegetables in a strainer, catching the juices in a heavy saucepan.  Discard the bouquet garni.  Bring the juices to a boil oh medium high until they have reduced to a thick syrup.  Continue to add any accumulated juices from the draining vegetables.  Pour the vegetables in a large bowl; our the syrup on top and gently stir.  Drizzle with olive oil and a few grinds of pepper.  Garnish with fresh basil leaves and basil blossoms.
Nutrition Facts
Ratatouille Nicoise
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 542mg15%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 750IU15%
Vitamin C 53.1mg64%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.