Ratatouille: My Signature Dish with a Twist

Ratatouille: My Signature Dish with a Twist

Winter is nearly over, the sun is almost always out, but we can still feel the cold wind. Remind us that it’s not Spring or Summer just yet. This combination of seasons has made me want to share one of my favourite recipes. A warm comforting winter dish that smells like a nice summer day. Follow me find out how to make the most delicious ratatouille and impress your friends and family.

Special Ratatouille with Couscous

& Feta Cheese

If this recipe is one of my favourites it’s because it lasts for ever (literally, still have some in the freezer), so it’s meal-planning friendly, super healthy & really tasty. But it’s also a great recipe because it’s as good on a warm summer evening, than on a cold winter day.

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So you’re probably wondering what makes this recipe extra special, and why I am making such a big deal out of ratatouille… Well pals, it’s because I have added an extra ingredient that makes all the difference. An ingredient that adds sweetness and great flavour to already amazing & tasty vegetables. This ingredient is no other than red wine. Yes, you read that right, I put red wine in my ratatouille, and trust me once you’ve tried it there’s no going back.

Ingredients

  • 1 large aubergine
  • 1 large courgette
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 250g onion
  • 70g red pepper
  • 70g green pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 10cl red wine (or more if you wish)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Worcestershire sauce

Serves 8 or 16 depending on your appetite (we shared a serving in the photos)

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Method

  1. Wash and cut your aubergine, courgette and pepper into chunks. Then set aside in a bowl. Be careful not to cut your vegetables in small pieces as they will shrink once cooked (and we all know large chunks are yummier than thin slices).
  2. Roughly chop your onion and finely chop your garlic clove, then set aside in a separate bowl or chopping board.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add the aubergine, courgette and pepper. Fry for approximately 5 mins, until the vegetables have softened but not entirely cooked. Then take them of the fire and place them back in the bowl.
  4. Heat another tablespoon of olive oil in your saucepan and add the onion & garlic. Cook until softened and golden (approximately 10 – 15 min).
  5. While your onions are cooking, roughly chop your tomatoes and set them aside with the other vegetables.
  6. Once your onions are done, add the pre-cooked vegetables and mix everything together over medium heat. Add the fresh tomatoes and canned tomatoes, and stir.
  7. Add a few drops of Worcestershire sauce and the red wine. Stir again.
  8. Cover your saucepan and simmer over low heat for about 30 – 35 mins.

Serve with warm couscous grains and top with crumbled feta cheese. Enjoy!

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As said earlier this recipe is meal-planning friendly. You can cook a big batch and freeze several portions. This recipe is also the type of recipe that is as good, or may be even better, the next day. You can also eat this ratatouille cold, or with something other than couscous. For instance it’s a great jacket potato topping, or pasta sauce. You can also using it as lasagne sauce for a vegetarian alternative. Choices are multiple, but they are all as delicious!

If you liked this recipe you may also like my vegetarian courgette pancake recipe.

What is one of your favourite dishes to make, or signature dish?

See you soon, love

Perrine

56 Comments

    • Ola Banana
      02/26/2018 / 8:32 am

      Thanks! I agree for red wine πŸ˜‰ x

  1. 02/27/2018 / 11:27 pm

    I love the sound and look fo this! I’m a big veg fan and I think you’ve done a great ratatouille! Like I’d def love to do this for lunch a day. Thanks for sharing…and right call by adding wine πŸ·πŸ˜‚

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    • Ola Banana
      02/28/2018 / 8:18 am

      Haha thanks lovely! x

  2. 02/28/2018 / 9:31 am

    This looks really tasty! My grandma used to make us ratatouille all the time when I was growing up. I don’t know what my signature dish would be either! I’ve been changing up what I’ve been making so much lately, just making something different each time.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Ola Banana
      02/28/2018 / 2:18 pm

      That’s good too πŸ™‚ I usually make a recipe I love over and over until I’m fed up with it lol x

    • Ola Banana
      03/02/2018 / 2:55 pm

      Thanks lovely x

  3. 03/02/2018 / 7:00 pm

    I think I need to make this ASAP! Totally salivating at the pictures!

    • Ola Banana
      03/02/2018 / 7:20 pm

      You go girls haha x

  4. 03/03/2018 / 7:21 pm

    That’s a great ratatouille recipe. I love that you made it meal planner friendly.

    • Ola Banana
      03/03/2018 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks lovely! x

  5. 03/04/2018 / 10:35 am

    I’ve never tried ratatouille before but always wanted to! It looks lovely xxx

    • Ola Banana
      03/04/2018 / 10:50 am

      Oh you should! It really is so nice πŸ™‚ x

    • Ola Banana
      03/04/2018 / 9:40 pm

      Dead easy! Which is also why I love it haha x

    • Ola Banana
      03/04/2018 / 9:40 pm

      Agreed! Just the couscous and feta combined is a winner to me lol x

  6. Becky
    03/04/2018 / 8:44 pm

    I’ve never actually tried ratatouille!! But now I’ve read your blog post on a hungry stomach (always dangerous) I’m craving food and would love to try some, and it’s an excuse to still consume some red wine right haha!
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

    • Ola Banana
      03/04/2018 / 9:41 pm

      Haha exactly! Red wine + loads of vegetables, so perfect combo right!? x

  7. 03/04/2018 / 8:47 pm

    I’ve never tried Ratatouille before but this looks delicious, especially with the feta! I love feta! Like the cheeky addition of red wine too. X

    • Ola Banana
      03/04/2018 / 9:42 pm

      I feel like the red wine and feta are what make this recipe great lol x

  8. 03/04/2018 / 8:49 pm

    Ratatouille is on my meal plan this week! Deffo going to give this recipe a try!

    • Ola Banana
      03/04/2018 / 9:42 pm

      Hope you like it! x

  9. 03/04/2018 / 8:50 pm

    I’m usually not a fan of couscous, BUT honestly I wouldn’t mind trying this dish.

    • Ola Banana
      03/04/2018 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks lovely! Quite happy it looks yummy even to people that don’t like couscous haha x

  10. 03/04/2018 / 9:02 pm

    This looks like an awesomely delicious dish! 😊 I really wish I actually liked food and cooking, it’s the worst part about my eating disorder- I can’t stand eating still πŸ˜”

    • Ola Banana
      03/04/2018 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks lovely! I hope things get better soon x

  11. 03/04/2018 / 9:56 pm

    Looks good! Never tried any of this stuff, but my favorite dish to make is shrimp Alfredo pasta!

    • Ola Banana
      03/05/2018 / 12:13 pm

      Oh that sounds delicious! x

  12. 03/04/2018 / 10:26 pm

    Well this is definitely going into my plan for food for the week! I’m trying to make a conscious effort to have more meat free meals in my diet and this is a great, cheap alternative.

    • Ola Banana
      03/05/2018 / 12:12 pm

      This is definitely a good recipe to start going meat-free x

  13. Lea
    03/04/2018 / 10:44 pm

    This might actually make me like ratatouille for once. The Feta and couscous sound amazing to have it with. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Lea, xx

    • Ola Banana
      03/05/2018 / 12:11 pm

      That would be great haha hope you try it one time πŸ™‚ x

  14. 03/04/2018 / 11:39 pm

    This sounds delicious! Any dish with red wine in it, wins me over instantly! I also love that it can be frozen and used in so many different dishes, definitely going to give this a try! πŸ™‚

    Heather Xx
    100waysto30.co.uk

    • Ola Banana
      03/05/2018 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks lovely! x

  15. 03/05/2018 / 9:29 pm

    Yum — this looks so delicious! I became obsessed with ratatouille after the movie came out because it was a vegetarian recipe and I’ve been a vegetarian for eleven years now. I’ll definitely have to give this a go in the kitchen!

    Thanks for sharing! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

    • Ola Banana
      03/06/2018 / 8:49 am

      It’s definitely the best a great recipe for vegetarians that live with non vegetarians πŸ™‚ x

  16. 03/06/2018 / 10:11 pm

    This looks so scrumptious!!! Currently just had dental surgery and I’m on a soft food diet, this is a great alternative to soup for me, thanks for sharing!

    • Ola Banana
      03/06/2018 / 10:15 pm

      This is definitely something you could eat after having surgery πŸ™‚ glad it can help you during recovery πŸ™‚ x

  17. 03/12/2018 / 3:25 pm

    Oooh this looks so delicious! Definitely saving for later ❀️ I’m trying to eat healthy and cook more often this year! Thanks for the amazing recipe 😍

    • Ola Banana
      03/12/2018 / 3:38 pm

      This is certainly a good recipe if you are wanting to eat healthier meals πŸ™‚ x

    • Ola Banana
      03/15/2018 / 5:00 pm

      Thanks hun x

    • Ola Banana
      03/15/2018 / 5:00 pm

      Thanks x

  18. 03/12/2018 / 5:52 pm

    Great photos! This looks so fun and customizable. Pinning to try πŸ™‚

    • Ola Banana
      03/15/2018 / 5:00 pm

      Thanks πŸ˜€ x

    • Ola Banana
      03/18/2018 / 8:43 pm

      It’s the perfect combo! Hope you like it πŸ™‚ x

  19. 03/18/2018 / 8:49 pm

    I’ve surprisingly never had ratatouille but from all of these ingredients it sounds like I’d absolutely love it! I am a sucker for a good bit of aubergine and red wine often adds so much richness and flavour to food! I will definitely be showing this to my partner as he’s the better cook out of the two of us!
    Alice Xx

    • Ola Banana
      03/18/2018 / 8:55 pm

      If you love aubergine and red wine you will love this recipe :p x

  20. 03/18/2018 / 10:08 pm

    omg this looks absolutely delicious, it sounds relatively simple to do too so will definitely be giving this a go!- https://sophiehearts.net x

    • Ola Banana
      03/19/2018 / 11:08 am

      Thanks πŸ˜€ Hope you like it! x

  21. 04/03/2018 / 7:20 pm

    I love ratatouille but I’ve never actually made it myself. I’ve only ever eaten it in France. Your recipe seems pretty easy though, so I guess I’ll have to give it a go!

    Nicola
    http://www.nicshealthylife.co.uk

    • Ola Banana
      04/03/2018 / 7:38 pm

      You need to πŸ™‚ it’s really easy to make! x

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