Summer's End Ratatouille


Ratatouille, a traditional dish from the south of France, is a combination of bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and tomato—aka produce that peaks at the end of summer. Oh, and there’s a lot of delicious garlic, herbs, and olive oil in there, too. It might seem like a lot of work to individually sauté each vegetable, but this ensures that they each have a proper texture. The result is a massive batch of vegetables that keeps well for days. Serve as a side for proteins like steak or chicken, spread onto sandwiches, tossed with pasta, or as a base for a vegetable quiche. The possibilities are endless!

Summer’s End Ratatouille
Photo: Jen Causey
Hands On Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
16 cups


  • 10 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 4 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 2 yellow onions, chopped

  • 2 heads garlic, cloves peeled

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 2 eggplants, chopped

  • 4 zucchini, chopped

  • ¼ cup loosely packed fresh oregano leaves

  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

  • 4 pints cherry tomatoes, halved (quartered if large)

  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large pot over medium-high. Add bell peppers, onions, garlic, and ½ teaspoon salt; cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Add 4 tablespoons oil to pot. When oil is shimmering, add eggplants and cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes; transfer to bowl with bell peppers.

  3. Add remaining 3 tablespoons oil to pot. Add zucchini and ½ teaspoon salt; cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.

  4. Add bell pepper mixture, oregano, and thyme to pot; stir to combine. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring halfway through, until tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

  5. Stir in tomatoes and ½ teaspoon salt; cook, covered, until tomatoes burst, 8 to 10 minutes. Uncover and stir in vinegar, black pepper, and remaining ¾ teaspoon salt.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

10 Calories
14g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 10
% Daily Value *
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 282mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 3g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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