Ratatouille

Layers of yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, potato, and bell pepper on a bed of flavorful tomato and béchamel sauce... for a comforting veggie dinner

Remy's Ratatouille for meatless Monday!!
Ratatouille
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Bringing Ratatouille's ratatouille to your dinner table for meatless Monday! With colorful layers of fresh veggies, and garlicky tomato sauce.. this veggie casserole is perfect to kick-start week with a comforting vegetarian dish without a lots of calories. 

Today, I added a hearty serving of red potatoes and layer of béchamel to traditional ratatouille to make it a hearty winter dinner. Serve it over pasta, or steamed rice and enjoy meatless Monday. Or serve as-is with side of chicken and a bread to scoop amazing slow cooked tomato and cream sauce.

If you to loved Ratatouille Movie, you will love making this casserole at home! If you have not, I highly recommend watching it! I promise Ratatouille will make you fall-in-love with joy of cooking!

So, let's get started and make Remy's Ratatouille!!

Super easy and comforting veggie and marinara sauce casserole called Ratatouille

It has been raining continuously whole week and is even raining today. This put me under weather and my whole week's rendezvous with you got so messed up. :( Feeling better now.. and so so excited to share this recipe. Some recipes are so close to my heart that I don't want to post those in hurry. Like, oh here is a recipe, please enjoy! I just can't imagine doing that. So, I felt, missing one is better than a half-hearten attempt... I hope you with me?

For example, this veggie casserole is my sweet heart. I mean, look at the pictures, isn't it so pretty? 

Believe me, it is equally delicious too! Or should I say, delicious, humble and easy! Layer of spiced tomato sauce, creamy béchamel, and layers of veggies - yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, potato, bell pepper. Does this sound complex dish? No, right? Actually, traditional ratatouille recipe does not even have béchamel and no potatoes. These two are my touches to make this, peasant dish, extra special. 

ratatouille recipe from Pixar movie Ratatouille

Gluten Free and Vegan Ratatouille? I'm sure you have guessed by now, but before I dig deeper into ratatouille, one thing is very clear - If you want gluten free and dairy free ratatouille, just skip béchamel. That's it. Easy, right? 

If you have no issues with dairy or gluten, then I highly recommend this layer. Also, if you are in hurry, you can use cheese instead too. To me, layer of cream or cheese makes this homey casserole.. even more comforting.  

For more substantial serving, I often serve it over pasta or some steamed rice/quinoa (gluten free).

Ratatouille Movie and Ratatouille Recipe:

I can't sum-up in words how much I love Ratatouille movie. Since we saw it first time (10 years ago). Even today any time it airs on TV, I will watch it. Actually, not just for love of movie but for passion for food which I'm all about... and so was little Remy in movie all about. 

Since I watched and fell in love with movie.. I have made ratatouille dish so many times at home. Growing up, I wasn't a zucchini or squash fan. And I seldom liked eggplant. But my mom made zucchini and potato stew with lots of chunky tomatoes that I always ate with rice. When I first made Ratatouille's ratatouille.. I could connect with flavor of my childhood zucchini and tomato stew. Amazingly, in the movie, that's how Anton Ego, the food critic, feels after taking first bite of Remy's ratatouille. This makes my connecting with dish even stronger!

Honestly, the theme of movie "anyone can cook" always resonates with me. So true for me because I never thought I will cook and share my homemade food with the world.

Pixar has done great job in making of this animated classic. Can you believe it made $620 million dollar worldwide?!

Picture from Pixar movie Ratatouille

Photo Credit: Disney / Pixar via disneyscreencaps.com

How to Make Ratatouille?

When I cook ratatouille for dinner at home.. I don't go that fancy.  But today I wanted to share with you ratatouille recipe from the movie... exactly like Remy made for Ego.

Slicing all the veggies evenly is key to make a good looking ratatouille. This also ensures everything cooks evenly. So, I prefer to use my trusty mandoline slicer to slice the veggies evenly. It saves time too!!  You can buy a mandoline slicer from any good Kitchen Appliance Store or purchase it online.(affiliate link)

First, I layer tomato sauce with minced garlic, thyme, oil, and seasonings. Sauce gets lots of flavor from slow cooking in oven with veggies.. So there is no need to cook it with garlic separately.

Then, I layer the béchamel layer. Final layer is veggies. Once I find a rhythm with color of veggies, the ratatouille's ratatouille start appearing on the casserole.

How to make Ratatouille recipe like Remy from the movie

I do follow two things to ensure the veggies stay beautiful after cooking:   

1) Layer both sauces at the bottom and nothing on top of veggies but some oil and seasoning. 
2) Bake ratatouille casserole covered with parchment. So veggies cook but not get charred. In other words, don't loose the color.

In short, layer sauce, layer veggies, cover, and bake! Serve ratatouille jumped right out of the movie. :) 

Ratatouille casserole plated on a plate

PS: By all means you can go easy on presentation and arrange above three layers as you like. As long as veggies are sliced evenly and potatoes (if using) are par-cooked, ratatouille will come out perfectly.

Ratatouille Recipe Like Remy Made for Ego in Ratatouille movie

How about serving ratatouille casserole for a movie-theme dinner? Or for Oscar watching party?

Even though ratatouille movie is 10 years old... food never gets old. Get inspired and try something new for dinner!!

Enjoy! -Savita

Updates:
If you love Ratatouille? I highly recommend trying:
1) Eggplant Rollatini: It is low-carb with grilled stuffed eggplant rolls baked on bed of tomato-garlic sauce. Very flavorful and lite weekday dinner.
2) Ratatouille Stew : In this, I captured all flavors of this traditional Ratatouille Recipe in form of a stew, to give you a simple Ratatouille recipe without assembly time. It is ready in half time, is also vegan, and gluten free. 
3) Ratatouille Stuffed Zucchini Boats: Looking for summer inspired, low-carb Ratatouille? Then allow me to introduce my Ratatouille Stuffed Zucchini Boats! These look so good, are gluten free, come together in no time and loaded with all delicious Ratatouille flavors.

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Ratatouille

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Ratatouille
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: French () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 9.5" Pie Casserole - Serves: 6
Nutrition: 187 calories per serving

Ingredients

  • Ratatouille
  • 1-2 Cup Tomato Sauce (good quality tomato basil sauce)
  • 2 Garlic (cloves, minced)
  • 3-4 Thyme (sprigs)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Flakes
  • 1 Egg Plant Or Brinjal (thin eggplant, thin sliced)
  • 1 Yellow Squash (thin sliced)
  • 1 Zucchini (thin sliced)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (thin sliced)
  • 2-3 Potatoes (medium size, thin sliced)
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • Oil Spray
  • Béchamel Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Milk (2% or whole milk)
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
Smart Swap: Replace potato with sweet potatoes for a delicious twist!

Directions

  • 1. Preheat Oven and Prepare Ratatouille Ingredients Preheat oven at 375 degree Fahrenheit. Bring 2 cups of water to rolling boil. Season with salt. Slice red potatoes. Drop in water and boil for 3-4 minutes or until par cooked. Drain on a paper towel and set aside. While potatoes cook and cool down, slice rest of veggies - squash, bell pepper and eggplant.
  • 2. Make Béchamel Sauce To make Béchamel - Microwave 1 cup of milk in microwave safe container. Set aside. Heat 1 tbsp butter in sauce pan. Add 1 tbsp flour and cook until raw flavor of flour goes away. 1-2 minutes. Don't let flour turn brown. Add warm milk 1/4 cup at time and stir well to avoid lumps. Add all of milk and continue coking until sauce thickens and coat back of a spoon. Season with salt, nutmeg, and black pepper. Set aside.
  • 3. Layer Sauce Spray baking dish with cooking spray. Spread layer of tomato sauce, minced garlic, thyme, red chili flakes, salt and olive oil. Mix well while still leaving well spread. Drizzle béchamel sauce on the top, swirl into the tomato sauce. Additional Notes: I spread 1 cup tomato sauce at the bottom. You can use more or less as per liking.
  • 4. Layer Ratatouille Vegetables Layer sliced veggies on top. I like to make a spiral stack of vegetable slices for presentation just like ratatouille. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle salt, thyme, and black pepper on top. Additional Notes: For quick layering, pick slices of each veggie, make a small stack in hand, and then stack into the casserole. This saves time instead of arranging one slice at a time.
  • 5. Bake Ratatouille Cover with parchment paper. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until all veggies are tender. You will see tomato sauce bubbling on the sides.
  • 6. Serve Let it cool for 5 minutes. Serve with side of crusty bread to scoop the sauce. Enjoy!
Savita's Recipe Notes:

*Slicing Veggies
Slicing all the veggies evenly is key to make a good looking ratatouille. This also ensures everything cooks evenly. So, I prefer to use my trusty mandoline slicer to slice the veggies evenly. It saves time too!!  You can buy a mandoline slicer from any good Kitchen Appliance Store or purchase it online. (affiliate link)

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277 Responses

  1. Loved the flavors. My family was so impressed with the looks. Thanks for the recipe.
  2. Made this for my husband who did not like those vegetables. He absolutely loved it. Thanks for the great recipe.
    Thanks for sweet feedback. I love when my family eats vegetables as happily as they eat meat. :)
  3. Do you have to use Thyme?
    Hi Christina, thyme adds subtle herb flavor. But you can replace thyme with oregano or skip it.
  4. Can I put cinnamon instead of nutmeg?
    I prefer nutmeg, but if you like cinnamon you can use that.
  5. Making it right now.
  6. What can I use to substitute yellow squash with?.
  7. i want to use a round dish but the only one i have is a ceramic pie dish, will this work?
    Ceramic Pie Dish will work fine.
  8. What size baking dish should i use?
    9.5 inches to 11 inches work well for this recipe.
  9. What should I do if I don't have parchment paper?
    Aluminum foil will work equally well to cover the Ratatouille.
  10. I am 14 and it was so easy to make a tastes delicious definitely making it again
  11. Loved this dish!! I added a little grated cheese to the bechamel and garlic powder sprinkled on top at the end. So wonderful! I can't wait to make it again!!
    Thanks Emily. I appreciate your sweet feedback.
  12. This was my first time making this recipe, and upon tasting the sauce I realized that it was way too spicy? Does anyone else have this problem? I think it’s the chili flakes, they were definitely not needed... Everything else was great though. Next time I won’t be adding any chili flakes
  13. What is the purpose of the bechamel sauce? Is it necessary - we didn’t really taste it
    For me, Béchamel sauce is important addition in Ratatouille. You will not taste it as such but it adds depth of flavor, helps absorb liquid and makes base sauce creamier, full-body.
  14. I found this recipe a long time ago and I have not found a reason to search for another. Its delicious! Friends and family love when I make this recipe for them and I make it every fall and winter. I make it vegan by using almond milk and vegan butter for the bechamel sauce. Its fantastic! Goes great with a buttered baguette rubbed with garlic as well.
    Thanks for sweet feedback.🙌
  15. So good!!! I didn’t use potato’s and instead used tomato and onion slices and turned out beautiful and great!
  16. Hi! I want to make this recipe but with sweet potato instead of regular. Do I still need to par cook the sweet potatoes? Thanks!
    For even cooked consistency of Ratatouille, it is best to par cook the sweet potatoes. I hope it helps.
  17. Can this be prepped ahead of time?
    Hi Samantha, I recommend assemble in advance, cover with foil. Cook before serving.
  18. Oh my gosh! This was SUCH a hit, I'm so glad I used this recipe instead of the one recommended by Allrecipes (that one had no bechamel) . There was none left for seconds! The flavours blended beautifully! I was too lazy to layer the bell pepper, so I chopped it up into the sauce and it was awesome! Kudos, I'm saving this recipe to be reused many many times :)
    🙌 Thanks for sweet feedback. This recipe is keeper, for sure! :)
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