I was cooking this easy ratatouille recipe long before I moved to France and realized it had an official name - I called it vegetarian spaghetti sauce. I would put a large skillet on the burner, pour in olive oil, and start chopping whatever vegetables I had found at their peak in the grocery store. I would add each vegetable as I finished cutting it up and I soon learned the best order to do my chopping in.
This is actually how I think most home cooks in France make this popular vegetable dish. Another method for making ratatouille is to cook each vegetable separately and then add them together. The advantage of this method is that the individual flavors of the vegetables are retained, resulting in a more complex and refined tasting dish.
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Makes 4 to 6 servings
If you don't have any fresh herbs for your dish, you can substitute a tablespoon or so of herbes de Provence.
If you are enjoying a bountiful summer harvest, you might also like to try some of these other vegetable recipes:
Did you know that although they do take time to enjoy their meals, most French people prepare their food with great simplicity?
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