I have tried many recipes for ratatouille, this is the best. I think I got it off the internet, with a promise that this was the most authentic.
- 1 aubergine, diced
- 4 courgettes, halved and sliced
- 300g french beans, cut to 1 inch lengths
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
- 3/4 cup of chopped fennel leaves
- fresh basil leaves, torn
- Pinch of sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Salt the diced aubergines and courgettes and set aside. Rinse the salt off after 20 minutes (I do this in a colander)
- Heat the oil in a large pan, and gently fry the onion and garlic until soft.
- Add the aubergines and courgettes, and cook for another five minutes or so.
- Add the remaining ingredients and simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes, and then with the lid off for 20 minutes. Keep a close eye and stir occasionally, to stop the mixture sticking to the bottom of the pan.
This freezes OK, but it is best reheated the day after making it.
I got this recipe from Lindsay Bareham’s book, ‘A Celebration of Soup‘ – which is a classic.
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 onions, sliced
- 225g courgettes, diced
- 450g tomatoes, peeled and chopped
- 2 small potatoes, peeled, diced and rinsed
- 1.1L boiling water
- 100g broad beans
- 40g pasta (small pasta, broken pasta)
- salt and pepper
- 3 cloves of garlic
- basil leaves
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan
- 1 tbsp chopped flat-leaved parsley
- Heat the olive oil and gently cook the sliced onions, so that they get very soft, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Add the diced courgettes, and cook gently for another 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, peel and chop all but 2 of the tomatoes, and soften with the other ingredients in the pot.
- Once the tomatoes have cooked in, add the diced potato and hot water, and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the beans and the pasta, and the seasoning.
- While all of this is going on, grill the reserved tomatoes, skin them and remove the seeds.
- In a mortar, pulverise the garlic, adding the tomatoes, basil and then the egg yolks, to make a smooth paste like mayonnaise.
- When the pasta is cooked, take a ladleful of soup, and beat it into the egg mixture, then pour this back into the soup pan, stirring all the time.
- Just before serving, stir in the parmesan, and garnish with chopped parsley.