from…”Miss Mary’s Kitchen”: Ratatouille

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By: Mary Bentley
Georgia Recipe Manager


My Aunt Mary Ann has always been a fabulous cook, and has introduced us to many different foods over the years.  She learned a great deal from her mother, and then enhanced that knowledge with a degree in Food, Nutrition and Health at the University of Tennessee where she also taught as an Assistant Professor.  In addition, she and her husband have traveled far and wide sampling the cuisine of many countries.  Those combined experiences have been the basis for some truly wonderful recipesOf the many recipes she has shared, one that I particularly enjoy is a simple vegetable stew called Ratatouille.  This is a basic but filling dish for a chilly fall or winter day, and the added bonus is that reheating leftovers just makes it even better!  If I have the time, I like to oven roast the vegetables to bring out the many flavors this dish presents.  However you choose to prepare this, I am sure you will enjoy it!


Serves 2-4

Olive oil (2-3 T. as needed)

1-2 onions, coarsely chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, chopped

2-3 small zucchini, sliced

1 large green pepper, large dice

1 large eggplant, peeled and sliced

2-3 large ripe tomatoes, chunked (or 1-15 oz. can)

Salt and pepper
*Herbs to season (any or all):

parsley (1/4 c. fresh or 2 T. dry)


coriander (coarsely chopped)

Italian seasoning


Put olive oil in a large soup pot/Dutch oven over medium high heat.  Add all vegetables except tomatoes.  Wilt down vegetables for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add tomatoes. 

To alternately oven roast vegetables: cover a lipped 10×15 sheet pan with aluminum foil.  Scatter vegetables in pan (including tomatoes), drizzle olive oil over.  Cook in 375 degree oven 20-30 minutes, or until done.  Remove from oven, pour into large soup pot/Dutch oven.

To the pot, add salt and pepper and chosen herbs.  Cook on medium heat, covered, for 15 minutes.  If too juicy, remove cover, simmer an additional 10 minutes.  If too dry, moisten with tomato juice.




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