Ratatouille – we probably all know the famous movie, but have you tried making it at home? Try my Smoky & Creamy Ratatouille recipe, made with thinly-sliced tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant layered into a casserole dish. The vegetables are topped with an aromatic tomato sauce, then baked until the vegetables are tender. It’s super easy to make and one of the most aromatic and delicious dishes ever! I’ve partnered with Pompeian to share my smoky and creamy version of this classic French dish!
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What Makes This Ratatouille Recipe So Special?
Not every Ratatouille is made the same! This version with smoked paprika and cream takes the iconic French dish to a whole new level of goodness! I add smoked paprika and cream to the tomato and red bell pepper sauce. While it simmers away in the oven, it fills your whole kitchen with the most amazing aroma and once it’s done cooking, it tastes phenomenal. My husband and I can finish off a whole casserole in one night!
Delicious Vegetable Side Dish
This smoky and creamy ratatouille recipe makes the perfect vegetable side dish! Enjoy it with roasted meats such as roasted lamb or beef. It’s also great with chicken or even Thanksgiving turkey! Of course, you can always enjoy it all on it’s own, too! This vegetarian recipe is great as a side dish, too!
How to Make Smoky & Creamy Ratatouille
There are a few keys steps to follow to make sure your dish is the best!
- Prepare the smoky and creamy sauce and pour some of the sauce into the bottom of your casserole dish.
- Make sure to use the freshest ingredients. I love to use locally grown heirloom tomatoes, sweet yellow zucchini and green squash; and Chinese eggplant, which is more mild in flavor.
- Slice all vegetables the same thickness! This is super important so everything bakes evenly. Use an extra-sharp knife or madeline slicer to get the best results.
- Arrange the vegetables by layering them first, then placing them tightly packed into a casserole dish.
- Pour the remaining sauce over the vegetables and bake the ratatouille.
- Be patient! Let the dish bake away while you build up an appetite. Then, let it cool for at least 15 minutes before digging in to enjoy.
- I love to enjoy my smoky ratatouille with warm French baguette – it’s perfect for mopping up all that amazing sauce!
Using Pompeian in My Kitchen
This recipe was sponsored by Pompeian, America’s largest national brand of olive oil. For this recipe, I used their Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil for sautéing, their Organic Balsamic Vinegar for my sauce, and their Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil for the topping. For tips on how to trend in the kitchen, including recipes, visit Instagram.com/Pompeian. To share your latest on-trend creations using Pompeian, tag your photos with #TrendingintheKitchen.
Enjoyed this classic recipe? Make sure to check out some of my other hearty and warming recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Cheesy Baked Rigatoni – the ultimate comfort food dish! This baked pasta casserole is made with hearty Bolognese sauce and three types of cheese!
- Creamy, Cheesy Sweet Potato Gratin – the best sweet potato side dish! Made with thinly sliced potatoes baked in a cheesy béchamel sauce!
- Classic Italian Lasagna – the best ever cheese and meat lasagna made with slow-cooked Bolognese sauce!
- The BEST Beef Stew – seriously amazing slow-braised beef stew with veggies!
- Risotto Stuffed Butternut – oven-roasted butternut stuffed with creamy mushroom risotto!
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Smoky & Creamy Ratatouille Recipe (video)
- 4 large tomatoes
- 2 medium eggplants
- 2 yellow zucchinis
- 2 green squash
- 2 tbsp Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 large sweet onion, diced
- 1 large red bell pepper, diced
- 4 minced garlic cloves
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp herbes de provence
- Ground black pepper
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp freshy thyme, about 4 sprigs
- 1 ½ cups crushed tomatoes
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tbsp Pompeian Organic Balsamic Vinegar
- 8 to 10 basil leaves, chopped
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 to 3 tbsp Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
For the Creamy Sauce:
- Prepare the sauce first. Preheat a large frying pan over medium heat and add a few tablespoons of Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Once the olive oil is heated, add the diced pepper and onion. Saute the mixture for 4 to 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent and tender; do not brown. After 2 to 3 minutes, add the minced garlic.
- Season the mixture with herbs and spices: smoked paprika, ground black pepper, herbes de provence, thyme and salt. Add the crushed tomatoes, sugar and balsamic vinegar next. Cook the sauce over medium-low heat, simmering for about 5 minutes. Add the chopped basil last, along with the heavy cream. Stir the cream in, then remove from heat.
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Next, prepare the vegetables. Use a very sharp knife or a madeline slicer to cut all vegetables the same thickness, about 1/8th of an inch. Once all the vegetables are sliced, layer them alternating all 4 vegetables. Create small stacks for easy assembly.
- To assemble the dish, first spread three-quarters of the sauce into the bottom of a large oval or round casserole dish. Arrange the vegetables in the casserole in a ring around the edge, packing them tightly. Start from the outside of the casserole and work your way in. Spoon the remaining sauce in between the vegetables and around the edges.
- For the topping, simply combine a few tablespoons of Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil with fresh thyme. Use a pastry brush to brush the oil and thyme over the vegetables. Cover the casserole dish with foil and place into preheated oven. Bake at 375F for 1 hour; 50 minutes covered, then remove the foil, add parmesan cheese and bake for another 10 minutes uncovered. If desired, broil on ‘low’ heat for 5 minutes.
- Allow the dish to cool for 15 to 20 minutes before serving. Serve with a warm French baguette.