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Easy Ratatouille

This vegetable stew can be eaten on its own; served with meat, fish, or eggs; or tossed with pasta.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, June 2004

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large eggplants, (2 pounds), peeled in strips and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 4 to 5 medium zucchini, (2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 yellow or red bell peppers, ribs and seeds removed, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven (or other heavy 5-quart pot with a tight-fitting lid), heat oil over medium heat. Cook onions, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in eggplant and zucchini; season generously with salt and pepper.

  2. Add 3/4 cup water; cover, and simmer until vegetables are beginning to soften, stirring once, about 5 minutes. Stir in bell peppers; simmer, covered, until softened, 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in tomatoes and thyme; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Partially cover; simmer, stirring often, until vegetables are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat. If serving immediately, stir in basil. (If freezing, leave out basil.)

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