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Best Ratatouille 3 ways!
Instant pot, standard pot or in the oven. This dish is so versatile.
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 red onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 aubergines
  • 3 courgettes
  • 3 red or yellow peppers
  • 6 ripe tomatoes
  • ½ a bunch of fresh basil , (15g)
  • olive oil
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 x 400 g tin of quality plum tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ a lemon
Steps
  1. For all methods start with this....
  2. Prep your ingredients before you start – peel and cut the onions into wedges, then peel and finely slice the garlic. Trim the aubergines and courgettes, deseed the peppers and chop into 2.5cm chunks. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Pick the basil leaves and set aside, then finely slice the stalks.
  3. INSTANT POT METHOD
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the pot, add the onion, garlic, basil stalks and thyme leaves, fry until sot and golden.
  5. Next add the chopped aubergines, courgettes and peppers (you may need to do this in batches) and fry for around 5 minutes, or until golden and softened, but not cooked through. Spoon the cooked veg into a large bowl.
  6. Return the cooked veg to the pan and stir in the fresh and tinned tomatoes, the balsamic and a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
  7. Put on the lid seal and cook for 10 minutes natural release. Tear in the basil leaves, finely grate in the lemon zest and adjust the seasoning, if needed. Serve with a hunk of bread
  8. STANDARD METHOD
  9. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large casserole pan or saucepan over a medium heat, add the chopped aubergines, courgettes and peppers (you may need to do this in batches) and fry for around 5 minutes, or until golden and softened, but not cooked through. Spoon the cooked veg into a large bowl.
  10. To the pan, add the onion, garlic, basil stalks and thyme leaves with another drizzle of oil, if needed. Fry for 10 to 15 minutes, or until softened and golden.
  11. Return the cooked veg to the pan and stir in the fresh and tinned tomatoes, the balsamic and a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
  12. Mix well, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a spoon. Cover the pan and simmer over a low heat for 30 to 35 minutes, or until reduced, sticky and sweet.
  13. Tear in the basil leaves, finely grate in the lemon zest and adjust the seasoning, if needed. Serve with a hunk of bread
  14. OVEN METHOD
  15. Throw all the vegetables into a tray, drizzle over the oil and bake for 30 - 40 minutes at 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Tear in the basil leaves, finely grate in the lemon zest and adjust the seasoning, if needed. Serve with a hunk of bread