While this ratatouille’s appearance suggests complicated preparation and precision, it was actually quite easy to make and assemble, as long as you have patience and time. Plus, this dish is absolutely the best way to use up end-of-summer vegetables, such as squash and zucchini. Even tomatoes and basil, everyone’s favorite summer pairing, make an appearance.
When my husband asked me to make ratatouille, I expressed concerns about the difficulty of this dish. (It is French after-all.) I was pleasantly surprised, though, when I saw how few ingredients were required and, upon eating it, realized how fresh and flavorful it tasted. We served ours with polenta and a generous amount of Parmesan cheese. Smitten Kitchen‘s version of ratatouille will definitely be a go-to recipe in our house.
Note: The Smitten Kitchen recipe does not call for Herbs de Provence (a traditional ingredient), but I highly recommend adding it. The spice blend offers such beautiful, unique flavors!