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Rat-a-tat-ouille

A while ago, a friend told me I just *had* to see the movie, Ratatouille.  So I took her advice one night and, along with my parents (and Molly, who adores tv-watching), saw the film. The movie was adorable– just like my friend said it’d be. But I was left with a HUGE craving… for ratatouille, of course!

So the very next day, I bought all the ingredients to make my own ratatouille. It sure cured my craving; the only thing missing was Remy the Rat to help me cook.

Remy, if you’re out there, I’m in the market for a sous chef. (Although my mom might not be too receptive to the idea of a rat in the kitchen…)

As the following picture shows, I made an enormous batch of ratatouille. When I cook, I like to make extra servings and freeze the leftovers. These particular leftovers lasted quite a while!

Ratatouille, fluffy brown rice, and lime wedges (after I took this picture, I spritzed some lime on a little of the rice, decided the flavor was NOT complimentary to the ratatouille, and that was the end of the pretty lime wedges!) Other fun ways to enjoy ratatouille? Wrap some up in a tortilla, and you can call it either of these two snazzy names:
1. Ra-ta-tilla
2. Wrap-tatouille
Yeah, there are millions of ratatouille recipes floating around the internet. But– why not?– I’m going to add mine to the bunch.

Rat-a-tat-ouille

(This recipe freezes well)

1 medium onion, chopped
2 red peppers, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
3-5 tbsp minced garlic
½ lb eggplant, cubed
1 large can tomatoes (or sub fresh ones)
1 ½ lb zucchini, sliced
optional, 1 can chickpeas
3 tbsp dry basil, or much more if using fresh
salt to taste (I use 1 and 1/4 tsp. I like salt!)
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

In a large pot, sauté the onion and garlic in oil or oil spray until the onion begins to brown. Add all other ingredients, cover the pot, and cook until tender. Serve hot or cold.

Published on September 3, 2008

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  1. Lauren says

    I also saw that movie recently (the begining of the summer) and tried my hand at ratatouille too! I loved the movie! So cute and great for foodies like us!

  2. Animal-Friendly says

    I love that movie! It really is too cute. And your recipe for ratatouille sounds delicious- nothing hits the spot quite like a big ol’ pot of yummy vegetables!

    Happy (early) birthday!!

  3. VeganCowGirl says

    Katie, I love your recipe. Sounds great. I love that movie as well – totally cool. The animation is amazing…remy’s little hands were so cute. Great post! As always.

  4. Vegyogini says

    CCV, I did the exact same thing after I saw Ratatouille! I’d been eating this lovely dish for ages, as it was one of the first French dishes I ate while living in France over 10 years ago and finally made some from scratch after seeing the film. I made mine w/ quinoa on the side, but brown rice is perfect, too! I love your ideas for variations. 🙂

  5. Bianca says

    Though it sounds so simple, I’ve never had ratatouille. Loved the movie though! I bet it was the shiz over some brown rice!

    And happy early birthday!

  6. jessy says

    hooray for your Rat-a-tat-ouille! it looks so scrumptious! i’ve never had that before – looks like a great way to enjoy a bunch of delicious summer veggies! mmmmmmmmm!

    double-hooray for your upcoming birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. eatingbender says

    I still haven’t seen that movie! It looks so cute! And I’ve never eaten ratatouille either…your version is delightful – I am digging the entire list of ingredients!

    Ahh I love frozen grapes! Times your picture by, oh 5, and you have one Jenn-serving ;o) I can’t get enough of them!

    Happy almost birthday!!!

  8. tofufreak says

    I LOVE THAT MOVIE!!! it is so cute!! i had an insatiable craving for ratatouille for the longest time afterwards! i love how simple and fresh and tasty ratatouille is! pure yum.

    happy early birthday!

  9. Aimee says

    Love the movie, but have never tried to make ratatouille (although I have ate it out places before). Your recipe looks great and I will have to try it soon!

  10. Ricki says

    One of my favorite foods–haven’t had it in ages, but must try your version. Haven’t seen the movie, either, but it does sound cute. 🙂

  11. Allison says

    I LOVE that movie…I think I’ve seen it about three times :0) Yay for birthdays!! We’re almost birthday twins! And YES we definitely need to meet up soon…I’ve been reading about so many blogger get-togethers and we live pretty close!! Spiral?! ;0)

  12. Ruby Red Vegan says

    I’m so glad you liked the movie! I had the same reaction — seeing it really made me crave ratatouille also! And you are the funniest thing ever (rata-tilla and wrap-tatouille, who thinks of that?! Genius!!). Your ratatouille looks sooo delicious that it is making me crave it all over again. The sad part is that I tried the dish for the first time just last Thursday. We made it in our cooking class that’s required for the nutrition major. It was the only vegan recipe on the day’s agenda, but boy, was it more delicious than I had ever hoped for! I even got to take leftovers and had some for dinner. Here’s to ratatouille!!!

  13. Vaala says

    That movie is SO cute!! Hmm, I really ought to try this ratatouille dish…J has been asking for it since we watched the movie and now I’ve seen it on your blog so I ought to get cooking! Despite the fact it’s spring here now it’s still fairly cold and it sounds like a great warming dish.

    Looking forward to hearing about your birthday celebrations. Hopefully it involves chocolate!!

  14. talieworld says

    I adore that movie! I love how they make all the food look so realistic.I’ve actually never eaten rataouille, but I look forward to trying yours!

  15. Peggy the Veggie says

    Is that not the cutest movie? I watched it in French class (in French) and I loved it 🙂 That looks like some mighty fine ratatouille, I would totally eat all of that for one meal, hehe.

  16. Caitlin says

    Happy early birthday!
    I also like cooking in large batches…I enjoy cooking, but it takes me sooo long to make stuff sometimes…so especially when I’m in school and busy, I like to make a bunch. Then I end up eating the leftovers for days until I’m sick of it…I think maybe I should considering freezing more stuff!! 🙂

  17. Anonymous says

    hey girl!
    its tahlia here from the fashionable vegan!
    I have recently returned to the world of the living after a very loooong illness 🙁 (chronic fatigue- its a bitch!)
    My sister went to post a M.I.A post for me, but deleted my blog! (shes my twin, so we share the same lacking-in-computer-skills genes)
    Anyway, just letting you know that I have been keeping up with your posts and they always make me feel happy!
    Happy birthday for the (6th?) my birthday is on the 5th!
    Just wondering whether you had a facebook or something of that nature, as i’d really like to keep in touch properly ^^ mine is under the name ‘Tahlia Sobko’ so feel free to add me if you have one
    xoxo

  18. Vegan_Noodle says

    That movie is on my list as well 🙂 And now so is your ratatatouille!

    Yay for september birthdays! Happy early birthday to you… mine is on Monday. 🙂

  19. Sanja says

    That’s so funny, I can never read ratatouille without saying to myself ratatatouille (or ratatatatouille). Yes, I’m a dork.

  20. russ says

    This could be just the thing I’m after, I’ve got a pretty big collection of courgettes waiting to be turned into something tasty. Simple recipes are always the best! “throw everything in a pan, cook…eat!”

  21. Camille says

    When I found this recipe (3 weeks ago) it made my day! I wrote the recipe down right away and planned on making it the next! I have made this every single week (for 3 weeks) and I enjoy it soo much! I love how you can play around with the veggies and spices. This will make my fall and winter much more enjoyable.

  22. Kim Applegate says

    You should experiment with ratatouille burgers, I had one from Earthfare the other day and it was DELICIOUS!!

  23. Ally says

    Dear Katie,
    I am considering becoming fully vegan from just regular old vegetarian, but I have to prove to my mommy that I can handle you know… three meals. Do you know any other websites that will provide vegan recipes for meals or maybe your secret stash of awesome meal ideas has a blog of its own *crosses fingers*!
    Thanks!
    Ally

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