Simple Ratatouille

BATCH-COOKING
GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE

Ratatouille is a great Sunday (or any other day!) ‘cook-up’ dish to prepare in advance for the week, as it always tastes better a day or two after it is made.

To make this into a complete meal, I might crumble over some organic feta and a sprinkle of dried oregano, or enjoy it alongside some simply grilled fish or chicken. It’s also delicious mixed with herby salad leaves and some butter beans (for a quick lunch or vegan alternative). My ingredients list here is just a guide, so if you have more of one thing and less of another, do play around, adding a little chilli if you love heat or more fresh green herbs, for example.

serves 2 


INGREDIENTS

2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, rough diced
8 garlic cloves, sliced
2 large peppers, deseeded and cut into strips
1 aubergine, cut into batons
2 courgettes, sliced
4-5 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped (or 1 tin chopped tomatoes)
1-2 tablespoons tomato puree
salt flakes
1 tablespoon small capers
1 large bunch basil (40g), torn or chopped
2 tbsp apple cider or good sherry vinegar
very generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

optional to serve: feta cheese 


STEP-BY-STEP

Preheat your oven to 170/150 fan/Gas 3. You will also need a large, lidded casserole pot. It is best to peel, chop and slice all your ingredients before you start cooking.

In a large frying pan, gently heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and sauté the onions and garlic together for a few minutes, until they have softened but not overly browned. Next, add the aubergine and peppers, and sauté together for a further 2-3 minutes, stirring well.

Finally, add the courgettes, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and capers, along with half the basil, and a generous few pinches of salt and stir once or twice gently to combine.

Remove from the hob, transfer to a large casserole pot and cover with the lid. Cook for 35-40 minutes in the oven.

Once cooked, pour over the vinegar and allow it to cool completely, before stirring through the rest of the basil leaves and a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

This keeps well in the fridge for 4 – 5 days, but is best served at room temperature, so bring it out at least 30 minutes before you need it.