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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ratatouille

(Collaboration with Michael Chiarello) 

Ratatouille, pronounced rat-a-too-ee, just like the movie hehe, may sound sophisticated but it’s nothing more than a French vegetable stew made of late summer’s bounty of tomatoes, zucchini, garlic, peppers and eggplant. It’s simple and healthy – a great way to get your veggies!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced fresh wild or domestic mushrooms
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 yellow squash, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 zucchini, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced leek, white only
  • 4-5 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons low-salt tomato paste
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, coarsely chopped
  • Fresh ground sea salt salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Directions

·         Heat 11/2 tablespoons of the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until hot.
·         Sauté the onion, stirring occasionally, until soft and starting to turn golden.
·         Add the garlic and cook for another minute
·         Add the eggplant and cook for another 5 minutes. Add more oil if needed, until the eggplant is soft.
·         Add the pepper, zucchini and squash. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes, until you’re starting to get some golden edges.
·         Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and cook until the mixture is thick, with any excess moisture cooked off.
·         Stir in the spinach, thyme and basil and cook until the spinach is wilted.

Taste and adjust the seasoning if you need to…serve straight away and enjoy! Pin It

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