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.

Pairing Ideas:

Multi Seeds Molasses Wheat Bread with Coconut Oil Caprese Focaccia Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan

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
Béchamel Sauce
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 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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325 Responses

  1. I simplify mine a bit, using ingredients that work for me (dairy free). I also omit the potato and reduce the cook time to about 30.
  2. Is it okay to cook the ratatouille using a microwave or would it be better to use an oven?
    I always cook it in oven.
  3. Is there a video on how to make it I’m a visual person ?
  4. For the tomato sauce, is it sodium free or with sodium?
    I used tomato sauce with salt added. For no-salt sauce, adjust the salt as per taste/preference.
  5. In the oven it goes!
  6. This recipe sounds absolutely delicious, and I am looking forward to trying it soon!
  7. This is such a beautiful recipe! I have never seen a ratatouille like this before, and I love the presentation.
  8. Your deion of Ratatouille is mouthwatering! The layers of veggies on that flavorful tomato and béchamel sauce sound like a comforting and delicious dinner option. Thanks for sharing this delightful culinary inspiration!
  9. Ratatouille looks like such a colorful, beautiful dish and I need to try making it sometime, Ill have to give your recipe a try!
  10. What a great and interesting recipe to try! It look so good can’t wait to try this out
  11. Wow! This looks absolutely delicious and tasty I would really love to try this out!
  12. Hi this recipe looks amazing and I am thinking about making it for my birthday dinner to accommodate some of my vegetarian friends. That being said my main dish is going to the lasagna and since it’s my birthday that is what I want. Since the majority of my friends are omnivores and would probably want a serving of both, I’m all that tomato sauce may be too much of a good thing. I was thinking of substituting a tomatillo sauce. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
    I have never used tomatillos sauce for this recipe but I think it can work.
  13. All 4 of my boys love this recipe!
  14. not tried yet but can you add any meat to it like sliced sausage.
    Any precooked meat should be fine.
  15. A fantastic recipe!! I’ve been using this recipe to make ratatouille for years now and it always comes out fantastic. A great Sunday night meal, and also a fun way to impress friends and in-laws 🙂 Pairs well with garlic bread, too. Thank you Savita!
    Thanks for the sweet feedback! Indeed the bread goes great with sauce.
  16. The bechamel works great with the veggies. Big hit.
    Béchamel makes it extra special. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
  17. How do you get the vegetables uniform when an eggplant is bigger in diameter than a zucchini, potato, and squash? I had an issue getting each vegetable the same diameter to make a perfect stack. Also the eggplant was too tough to cut thin with the medallion. Any suggestions? All in all though the recipe was fantastic.
  18. Wow!! I tried this recipe last night. I used sweet potato with no parboiling and I used oat flour and cashew milk for béchamel sauce - grated vegan cheese added. I didn’t have any tomato sauce so I used some of a carton of chopped toms and added oregano, fresh basil and maple syrup. I also topped with a little grated cheese for last 5 mins. I had three helpings of this. Can’t rate enough will deffo make again
  19. can you make this with no tomato sauce?
    I always make Ratatouille with Tomato Sauce. You can use all béchamel and bake it like gratin but I have never tried it.
  20. I have watched & love the movie Ratatouille. I love the motto "Anyone Can Cook"! I stop eating meat( beef & pork) years ago & only have been eating Chicken, Turkey & Seafood. I’m in the process of making another healthy health change of trying to become Vegan. I love vegetables & this dish looks so Delicious. Thank You so much for sharing.
  21. If you want to freeze, do you cook it all the way or a half bake?
    I prefer to server it freshly cooked. If freezing, I would cook it all the way.
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