What is the first thing that you think about when you hear the word “ratatouille”? Well, if you like to watch cartoons, probably you’ve seen the world-famous cartoon with the same title. A cartoon where this beautiful dish is prepared. Or, if you have never heard of the cartoon, maybe you simply know that this dish comes from France. No matter how informed you are about Ratatouille, it’s useful to know one thing! – Even though this easy vegan Ratatouille requires simple ingredients, its visual appearance and flavor give impression of an exquisite meal.
Different ways how to make Ratatouille
On the Internet you can find many different ways how people make Ratatouille. Originally, it is made as a vegetable stew. It means, without cutting the vegetables in thin slices to create the beautiful spiral pattern as it started to be done recently. Sometimes people tend to change also some ingredients of the Ratatouille. For example, some make Ratatouille with red bell peppers instead of tomatoes. Some others use potatoes instead of yellow squash etc. This time also I made this change. Instead of yellow squash I used potatoes, simply because it’s almost impossible to find the yellow squash in Italy in a regular supermarket. But if you have the chance, feel free to use yellow squash instead of potatoes to make your Ratatouille.
How to enjoy the easy vegan Ratatouille
In this Ratatouille recipe as the main vegetables I used eggplant (aubergine), zucchini, potatoes and tomatoes. But if you wish to use other vegetables, feel free to experiment with this recipe. Just remember that the precondition to create the beautiful pattern of this dish is to use vegetables in different colors. Ratatouille is a perfect side dish for rice or buckwheat. Or even for burgers, like my Eggplant and sundried tomato vegan burgers, since the eggplant you’ll need in any case to. Ratatouille can be used also as a main dish with a slice of fresh bread. Dip the bread in the delicious cooking liquid, which consists of tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, garlic, basil and the juices from all the cooked vegetables.
Cooking time and casserole
Even though the ingredients are not naturally very hard, it takes some time to cook Ratatouille. Originally it was cooked for several hours. That’s because the vegetables needed to be slowly steamed. But don’t worry – the cooking time for this easy vegan Ratatouille balances between 1 hour and 1 hour and a half. All the waiting until this delicious vegetable dish gets ready is definitely worth it. You will be surprised by the rich flavor that this dish has. Use it also to demonstrate your cooking skills to your friends and family. Because an accurately made Ratatouille really looks like a piece of art. Don’t worry if you don’t have a round casserole to create the spiral pattern. You can also use a rectangular casserole dish and arrange the vegetable slices in lines.
To speed up the preparation process of this dish, feel free to use a vegetable slicer. Or, if you don’t have one, simply cut the vegetables in equally thin slices with a knife. It will just take a bit longer. But for sure the amount of love that you’ll put in this dish during the preparation process will be bigger. Though probably not as big as Specky’s sleepiness, because in that he’s a champion! He’s such a sleepyhead that he can fall asleep even while eating! Which he actually did when I was preparing the Ratatouille. He decided to take a nap while eating his celery!
It’s up to you to follow the recipe of my easy vegan Ratatouille step by step or choose to replace some of the vegetables. In any case I’m more than sure that your Ratatouille will be:
- easy to make
- deliciously aromatic
- easy to digest
- and simply yummy!
Let me know, if you try this recipe! Leave a comment or even more – make Specky happy! Snap a picture of your masterpiece and post it on Instagram or Facebook by tagging @bunnymommycooks. And feel free to let your animal family members join in the picture!