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This Stovetop Ratatouille Is Packed With Healthy Veggies & Only Requires One Pot

Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer
By Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer
Eliza Sullivan is a food writer and SEO editor at mindbodygreen. She writes about food, recipes, and nutrition—among other things. She studied journalism at Boston University.
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November 29, 2021

There's something so satisfying about a big pan of veggies. Still, while we love roasted vegetables as the basis for a tasty meal, sometimes we don't want to go as far as heating up the oven. That's where a dish like this delicious stovetop ratatouille comes into play.

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This dish only requires one pot, which is the basic premise of all the recipes in One Pan, One Hob, One Meal by Elena Silcock. "This took me the longest time to perfect," she writes of the recipe, "For such a simple dish, there sure are a lot of different ways to make it!" But she landed on this mix, which she says is "a little sweet, a little sharp and a lotta comfort."

What's more, if you make a big batch, Silcock has ideas for how to repurpose the leftovers: "Sometimes I make a double or even triple batch of the ratatouille as it's so versatile: toss it into pasta, pile it on top of toast or pizza, or just eat it straight out of the refrigerator when you need a snack."

My Ultimate Ratatouille With Sourdough Croutons

Ingredients

  • 9 oz. sourdough bread, torn roughly into chunky cubes 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 
  • 2 small aubergines, cut into 1¼-inch chunks
  • 2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into rough chunks
  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 6 juicy and ripe tomatoes, around 14 oz., cut into wedges
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced 
  • 2 roasted red peppers from a jar, torn
  • 14-oz. can tomatoes (either cherry or plum tomatoes—get the best quality you can, as it'll make a real difference here)
  • 1 teaspoon caster or light brown sugar (Editor's note: Coconut sugar would work for a low-GI swap here!)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh basil leaves, to serve
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Method

  1. Place the chunks of bread in a large nonstick frying pan, off the heat. Drizzle over 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper, then use your hands to make sure the bread chunks are well coated in the oil. Now place the pan over a medium-high heat and fry for 6 to 8 minutes, tossing regularly, until you have crisp croutons that are charred in places. Transfer the croutons to a plate and set aside. Remove any crumbs from the pan.
  2. Keeping the pan over the same heat, add the aubergines (eggplant) and courgettes (zucchini), along with a big pinch of salt, and dry-fry for around 8 minutes, tossing regularly, until charred and collapsing. 
  3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan, then toss in the red onion wedges with another pinch of salt. Give everything a good stir.
  4. Don't worry if your pan looks a little overcrowded; it'll all cook down. Fry for another 10 minutes, tossing regularly, until everything is softening and caramelizing. 
  5. Now add the tomato wedges and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, then stir in the roasted red peppers. Stir to combine, then add the can of tomatoes, along with the sugar. Use the back of your spoon to smoosh the tomatoes into the mixture. Reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid, and cook for 25 minutes. 
  6. Remove the lid, increase the heat a little, and simmer for 5 more minutes, stirring, so that the sauce reduces. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Taste and add another tablespoon if you feel it needs it: It will depend on how acidic your tomatoes are. Season to taste. 
  7. Scatter the crispy croutons on top, pressing them into the mixture slightly. Rest for a few minutes, then top with basil and drizzle over a little olive oil. Finish with a crack of black pepper, and serve. 

Excerpted with permission from One Pan, One Hob, One Meal by Elena Silcock (November 2, 2021). Published by Octopus Books.

Eliza Sullivan
Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer

Eliza Sullivan is an SEO Editor at mindbodygreen, where she writes about food, recipes, and nutrition—among other things. She received a B.S. in journalism and B.A. in english literature with honors from Boston University, and she has previously written for Boston Magazine, TheTaste.ie, and SUITCASE magazine.