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Classic Ratatouille

 Classic Ratatouille
This rich and flavorful ratatouille is the perfect salute to the harvest. Hearty and full of veggies, it fills the kitchen with the comforting aroma of thyme, onions and garlic.—Diane Trester, Wild Carrot Cuisine, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
8 ServingsPrep: 1 hour Cook: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 5 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small eggplant, peeled and cubed
  • 3 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 2 medium yellow summer squash, chopped
  • 3 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet yellow peppers, chopped
  • 3/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium tomatoes

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, saute onions and garlic in 1 tablespoon oil until
  • tender. Reduce heat to low.
  • In a large skillet, saute the eggplant, zucchini, squash and green,
  • red and yellow peppers in batches in remaining oil until lightly
  • browned, adding each batch of sauteed vegetables to the Dutch oven.

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Classic Ratatouille (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Stir the stock, bay leaf, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper into the
  • Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30
  • minutes.
  • Meanwhile, fill a large saucepan two-thirds with water; bring to a
  • boil. Score an X on the bottom of each tomato. Using a slotted
  • spoon, place tomatoes in boiling water for 30-60 seconds. Remove
  • tomatoes and immediately plunge into ice water. Discard peel and
  • coarsely chop tomatoes.
  • Drain and reserve juices from vegetable mixture. Remove vegetables
  • from the pan and set aside. Return juices to Dutch oven. Bring to a
  • boil; cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Return vegetables to
  • pan and stir in tomatoes. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 193 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 293 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 5 g protein.