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classic french ratatouille recipe


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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hours

Total: 1 hours, 20 minutes

Servings: 4


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Step 1

Toss the eggplant with 1 teaspoon of the salt and allow to drain in a colander for 30 minutes. Pat dry with a paper towel and set aside.

Step 2

In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the eggplant and cook, stirring often, until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. If the eggplant absorbs all the oil and begins to stick to the bottom, add more oil as needed. Remove the eggplant and set aside in a medium bowl. Add 2 more tablespoons of the olive oil to the pot and cook the zucchini until golden but not completely tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove and transfer to the bowl with the eggplant. Do not wash out the pot.

Step 3

Using your hands, crush half of the tomatoes and season them with ½ teaspoon of the salt and set aside.

Step 4

Using kitchen twine, tie the thyme, savory and bay leaf sprigs together. In the same pot, heat the remaining ¼ cup of the oil. Add the onions and herb bundle, and cook until soft and translucent, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and red pepper are very soft, 14 to 16 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, then reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the tomatoes are very soft and the flavors have melded together, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the reserved eggplant and zucchini and the remaining tomatoes, and stir 2 to 3 times to combine. Season with salt, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook until all the vegetables have softened, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, adjust the seasoning as needed and discard the herb bundle. Top with the basil and parsley, and serve.

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