Ratatouille Rezept - Französischer Gemüseeintopf

Ah, ratatouille! This quintessential French dish from the sun-drenched fields of Provence has charmed food lovers with its vibrant colours and earthy flavours. Traditionally a humble stew with eggplant, zucchini, and bell peppers taking center stage, my modern twist adds rich sun-dried tomatoes and a splash of white wine for that extra wow factor. I love recipes that not only look stunning but also highlight the best in their ingredients. My take on this classic French dish does just that, with a few tweaks to make it perfect for the contemporary, health-conscious kitchen.

Key Ingredients for the Perfect Ratatouille

For this ratatouille recipe I start with the essentials—eggplant, zucchini, and bell peppers, all cut into hearty cubes. Each vegetable is sautéed in sequence to maintain its texture and enhance its natural flavours. Sun-dried tomatoes add a rich, concentrated tomato flavour that’s a game-changer, while a dash of dry white wine introduces an unexpected depth to the dish.

Creating a dish as timeless and beloved as ratatouille starts with understanding the essential ingredients that make it so special. Each component of this classic French Provençal vegetable stew recipe contributes its own unique flavour, texture, and aroma, resulting in a harmonious and delightful culinary experience. Let’s dive into the key ingredients that elevate this Ratatouille recipe to a new level of deliciousness with a modern twist.

Ratatouille Vegetable Tips

  • Eggplant: This versatile vegetable forms the heart of our culinary masterpiece. With its tender, spongy texture, eggplant absorbs the rich flavours of the other ingredients, making each mouthful a burst of savoury goodness. For the best results, select firm, glossy eggplants without any soft spots. To minimise seeds, opt for a female eggplant, discernible by the shallow, round indentation at the blossom end.
  • Zucchini: Adding a mild sweetness and a bit of crunch, zucchini complements the eggplant beautifully. It retains its texture well during cooking, ensuring that each slice provides a satisfying bite. Choose medium-sized zucchinis for the ideal balance of flavour and texture.
  • Bell Peppers: The vibrant combination of yellow, orange, and red bell peppers brings a splash of color and a delightful sweetness to the dish. Their crisp texture softens as they cook, melding perfectly with the other vegetables. Fresh, firm peppers with shiny skins are the best choice.
  • Tomatoes: Juicy, ripe tomatoes are essential for creating the rich, flavourful sauce that binds the dish together. Their natural acidity balances the sweetness of the peppers and zucchini, while their juiciness adds a delightful moistness to the concoction. Opt for heirloom tomatoes for the most robust flavour.
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes: This modern twist on the classic recipe adds an extra layer of depth and umami. Sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil and chopped, infuse the stew with an intense, concentrated tomato flavour that enhances the overall richness.
  • Garlic: No Mediterranean-inspired dish would be complete without garlic. Its pungent, aromatic qualities infuse the concoction with an irresistible savoury flavour. Use fresh garlic cloves for the most potent taste.
  • Yellow Onions: Sweet and aromatic, yellow onions form the flavourful base of our creation. As they caramelise, they release a depth of flavour that enhances the entire dish. Chopped medium-sized onions are ideal for their balance of sweetness and pungency.
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Other Ingredients used for Crafting the Best Ratatouille

  • White Wine: A splash of dry white wine adds a sophisticated note to the dish, enhancing the flavours of the vegetables and adding a slight acidity that balances the flavours. Choose a wine that you enjoy drinking for the best results.
  • Herbs: This ratatouille recipe isn’t just about the vegetables; it’s about the layers of flavour. I use thyme and oregano to infuse the dish with a fragrant, earthy background. You can use either dried or fresh versions, adjusting the amounts to suit the intensity you prefer. 
  • Spices: Smoked paprika and a pinch of crushed coriander seeds bring a subtle smokiness and a slight spice that makes each bite more intriguing than the last.
  • Vegetable Broth: A good-quality vegetable broth helps to create a rich, flavourful base for the stew. It adds moisture and depth, ensuring that the vegetables are perfectly cooked and infused with flavour.
  • Cannellini Beans: Adding a can of cannellini or other white beans makes this dish heartier and more satisfying. The beans absorb the flavours of the stew and add a creamy texture that complements the vegetables.
  • Olive Oil: A high-quality extra-virgin olive oil is essential for sautéing the vegetables and enriching the overall flavour of the dish. Its fruity, slightly peppery notes complement the vegetables perfectly.
  • Fresh Basil: A large handful of fresh basil, cut into slivers, and additional leaves for garnish add a burst of fresh, aromatic flavour that brightens the dish and ties all the elements together with a hint of sweetness.

Crafting the perfect Mediterranean vegetable stew is all about celebrating the vibrant, fresh ingredients that go into it. From the tender eggplant and sweet bell peppers to the juicy heirloom tomatoes and aromatic herbs, each component plays a vital role in creating this beloved culinary creation. By choosing the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, and incorporating modern twists like sun-dried tomatoes and a splash of white wine, you ensure that every bite of our recipe is a true delight, capturing the essence of a sun-drenched Mediterranean garden. Happy cooking!

Ratatouille Rezept - Französischer Gemüseeintopf

Secrets to a Great Ratatouille Recipe

Creating your own amazing version of this traditional French dish hinges on a few key elements:

  • Perfect Eggplant: To ensure the eggplant is perfectly textured, I salt it first, allowing it to release excess moisture. This technique not only improves the texture but also enhances the eggplant’s ability to absorb flavours.
  • Tomato Tips: When time allows, I peel the tomatoes for a silkier, more refined stew. This extra step is worthwhile for a smoother texture but can be skipped if you’re short on time. I recommend using heirloom tomatoes for their superior flavour and texture. These small techniques make a big difference, ensuring this traditional Provençal vegetable stew is both delicious and beautifully textured, helping you create the best ratatouille recipe.
  • Fresh Veggies: Use the freshest vegetables you can find and cut them into uniform chunks for even cooking and a harmonious texture.
  • The Olive Oil: Use high-quality extra-virgin olive oil generously for rich flavour.
  • The Tomatoes: Opt for ripe heirloom tomatoes and seed them to avoid excess moisture.
  • A Splash of White Wine: Adds just the right acidity to balance out the flavours.
  • Fry the Veggies in Sequence: This ensures each vegetable achieves the perfect texture, resulting in a cohesive and delicious dish.

Why I Love This Ratatouille Recipe

  • Flavour Explosion: With sun-dried tomatoes, aromatic herbs, and fresh vegetables, every bite is a burst of flavour.
  • Versatile Delight: Whether as a main dish, a side, or over your favourite grains, this dish adapts seamlessly to any meal.
  • Nutritionally Rich: Packed with vegetables, it’s a heart-healthy option that’s both filling and nutritious.
  • Meal Prep Dream: Tastes even better the next day, making your meal prep effortless and satisfying.
  • Simple and Accessible: With straightforward ingredients and easy techniques, anyone can master this dish.

Ratatouille is Perfect for Meal Prep

Classic ratatouille is a meal prep superstar, as its flavours deepen and improve over time, making it perfect for preparing ahead. It’s incredibly versatile—serve it as a main, side, or topping—and enjoy it cool or warm, since it reheats beautifully, maintaining its texture and taste. This makes it a practical and delicious choice for busy schedules. Plus, it’s packed with nutritious vegetables, aligns well with healthy eating goals, and stores easily in the fridge or freezer, ensuring you always have a hearty and healthful option on hand.

Creative Ways to Serve Ratatouille

This Provençal vegetable stew is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, making it perfect for any meal. Here are some fresh ideas to inspire your next serving:

  • With Crusty Bread: Serve it hot as a stew, perfect for dipping slices of crusty artisan bread.
  • As a Pasta Toss: Combine it with freshly cooked pasta, like spaghetti or rotini, and garnish with grated Parmesan for a hearty meal.
  • Over Grain Beds: Spoon it over a bed of couscous, bulgur, rice, or quinoa to absorb all the savoury flavours.
  • Alongside Protein: Pair it with grilled meats or simple roasted fish for a balanced and colourful plate.
  • As a Brunch Base: Top with a poached egg for a rustic, satisfying brunch dish. Or spoon it over toasted baguette slices or sourdough. Top with a slice of mozzarella or a few leaves of fresh basil for an elegant touch.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for this Ratatouille Recipe

What does the word ratatouille mean?

The word “ratatouille” comes from French and refers to a traditional Provençal vegetable dish made primarily of tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, eggplants, onions, and herbs. The term is a combination of “rata” (an old term for a stew or ragout) and “touiller” (to stir or mix). So, it essentially means “stirred stew.”

What’s the secret of a good ratatouille?

The secret lies in using fresh, high-quality vegetables, sautéing each in the right sequence (or separately for optimal results), seasoning well with aromatic herbs, and allowing the dish to simmer gently to meld the flavours together. Peeling the tomatoes also adds a smoother texture.

Can you prep ratatouille in advance?

It’s perfect for preparing in advance. In fact, the flavours often deepen and improve when it sits, making it perfect for meal prep. It can be stored in the fridge for several days or frozen for longer storage.

What’s the best way to store leftovers from this ratatouille recipe?

Store leftover ratatouille in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.

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Ratatouille Recipe – Provençal Vegetable Stew

Ratatouille recipe for a classic vegetable stew from the French Provence, featuring eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini. This modern twist adds sun-dried tomatoes and a splash of white wine for an extra flavour boost.
Course Side Dish
Category French, Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 285 kcal
Autor Elle


  • 1 large eggplant (about 400 g), cut into 2.5 cm cubes
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow or orange bell pepper (about 250 g), cut into 2.5 cm cubes
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (about 250 g), cut into 2.5 cm cubes
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 medium zucchini (about 400 g), cut into 2.5 cm slices
  • 4 sun-dried tomato halves packed in oil, drained and chopped (35 g)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (60 ml)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth (180 ml)
  • 4 medium tomatoes (about 800 g), preferably heirloom, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves (or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh)
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon whole coriander seeds, crushed with a pestle and mortar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 x 400 g can cannellini or butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • Large handful fresh basil, cut into slivers
  • fresh basil leaves, for garnish


  1. Prepare the Eggplant (Optional): Sprinkle the eggplant with salt and place it in a colander to drain for 20-30 minutes. This helps to remove excess moisture and bitterness. After draining, rinse the eggplant under cold running water, then pat dry with paper towels and set aside.

  2. Sauté the Vegetables: In a large, deep-sided skillet (a nonstick pan is not recommended) with a lid, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the bell peppers and garlic; cook, stirring often, for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggplant and cook, stirring often, for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes.

  3. Add Tomatoes, Wine, and Seasonings: Stir in the tomatoes and tomato paste, then pour in the wine and simmer for 1 minute. Add the vegetable broth and bring to a simmer over high heat, stirring often. Reduce the heat to medium-high and stir in the thyme, oregano, smoked paprika, and crushed coriander seeds. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Simmer the Ratatouille: Bring to a brisk simmer. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add Beans and Cook Further: Add the beans to the skillet, stirring well to combine. Cook, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender yet somewhat firm (or desired consistency) and the liquids have thickened, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes.

  6. Finish and Serve: Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the slivered basil. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with basil sprigs if desired.

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  • Herbs: If using fresh herbs, stir them in near the end of the cooking time.
  • Peeling Tomatoes: Many cooks prefer to peel tomatoes for a smoother texture and more refined ratatouille. To do this easily, score an “X” on the bottom of each tomato, blanch them in boiling water for 30 seconds, and then transfer them to an ice bath. The skins will slip off effortlessly.
  • Serving Suggestions: Serve the ratatouille warm, either as a side dish or a main course with crusty bread, over a bed of rice or quinoa, or with pasta.
  • Storage: The cooled dish can be covered and refrigerated for up to three days —the flavours continue to meld and deepen, making the leftovers something to look forward to. Enjoy cold, return to room temperature or reheat in a low oven before serving.

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