Focused on making Disney Magic at home until we’re all able to travel again, we just had to share one of our favorite Disney Movie inspired recipes, Ratatouille! With Remy taking center stage in this years Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, we just couldn’t help sharing the Ratatouille Recipe that was part of Remy’s Garden. This garden vegetable entree definitely takes plant-based meals to a whole new level and if you’re trying to get your nutrient-rich foods in while you’re at home, this dish may be perfect for your next dinner. It’s cozy, easier to make than it looks and only takes about 20 minutes. Here’s everything you need to make Remy’s Ratatouille Recipe at home.
Remy’s Ratatouille Recipe
While Remy by no means holds a monopoly on Ratatouille, we love that we can add a little French Provencal cooking and Disney to our mealtimes! Ratatouille is a simple country dish made by combining tons of garden vegetables that gardeners tend to have at the ready. Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Tomato, Peppers, Onions and Garlic make up the bulk of this dish. But we’d be nowhere without tons of herbs to give it a bunch of flavor and olive oil to grill everything to perfection.
You can print the Ratatouille Recipe Card image below or print it from here.
Following the Recipe Card above you can easily see that you need very little to actually pull this dish off. And chances are you have some of the basics already. Eggplants, peppers, zucchini and onion are easy enough to get. But if you want to simply this even more, you can substitute already minced garlic, and canned tomatoes here. The herbs here are critical though as they will add most of the flavor to this dish. We like Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, and Basil. Grab whatever you need online here.
Something of note here is the TIME! In traditional Ratatouille, yes you can imagine about 40 minutes because it will be more like stew than a spring/summer Ratatouille dish. You can go whichever way strikes your fancy. We chose the grill it up and be done with method, at 20 minutes. But you can follow either method with great results.
Ratatouille Cooking Method
Okay, so being very aware that everyone has different skill levels when it comes to cooking we’ll try to make this easy on you. Done this way, it took only about 20 minutes to pull together this lovely vegetable lunch. You can also follow the recipe card instructions, created by Disney, but we tend to like our Ratatouille a little more aldente and a little less mushy. So play with what works for you.
Saute the Flavors First
Part of getting a good flavor from the foods you put in the pan, is all about making sure your pan is ready with the flavors to start with. For this reason we tackled this dish like this.
On Medium Heat, in a Frying Pan
- Add the some Oil to the pan. Note: Olive Oil loses most nutrient value when cooked, so you can use a walnut oil, or a light coconut oil to saute if you prefer.
- Add the minced garlic
- Add salt and pepper. Note: We prefer both of these freshly ground.
- Add the Onion
- Add the Herbs
While the flavors saute, chop the vegetables into cubes. Be aware of portion sizes too. A half of all the vegetables above will serve 2 people.
Add the Slowest Cooking Vegetables Second
With the flavors properly melded in the pan, you can push in the Red Peppers next as they will take a little longer to cook then the rest.
- Add Bell Pepper. We used Red, but you can use green and yellow as well.
- Add Eggplant
- Add Squash, Zucchini and/ or Yellow
- Add Tomatoes
Throughout cooking it’s important to remember a few facts about how veggies break down in a frying pan.
- If you find that your veggies are sticking to the pan, lower your heat and add a little oil.
- Salt causes vegetables to release water, so you can add a little salt throughout the cooking process, that way the water released from the veggies helps them not stick to the pan.
- Vegetables with higher water content will shrink. Keep this in mind when figuring out how much to make.
- You can always add more herbs.
Remy’s Ratatouille Recipe
Once the veggies are cooked through, but not mushy, and the tomatoes are warm you can remove from the pan and put in a baking dish. At this point you are officially “Done”. You can serve this with some lovely bread and oil, and wine or even use as a topping for pasta. But, if you want to elevate this dish a bit and are not Vegan… read on.
An Elevated Ratatouille with Cheese
Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, most all the hard cheese are an absolute weakness of ours. So adding it to Ratatouille just seemed like a no-brainer. Besides, since we usually do like making a big deal out of cooking, and eating, this dish was just gonna get a whole lot fancier with some cheese and wine. While the Ratatouille is perfection without cheese, if you want you can add some shredded hard cheeses to your hearts to content. Put the baking dish in the oven and Broil. No more than probably 3-5 minutes tops, so watch it. You only want the cheese a little browned on top.
Remy’s Rataotuille Disney Recipe
There you have it. An easy disney Recipe and a little Disney Magic at home. Hopefully this dish adds a little more cozy to your day and gives you a great healthy alternative to other things for dinner and lunch. Happy cooking!
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