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Ratatouille Sauté

Classic ratatouille with eggplant, tomatoes, squash, and garlic, deconstructed and sauteed in a frying pan. This easy side dish is flavorful, healthful and easy to prepare.
Ratatouille Saute

Rata-tat-too me.

Me: “Hey, what should I say about ratatouille?”

Boyfriend: “Do what?”

Me: “Ratatouille sauté”

Boyfriend: “The movie.”

Me: “Never saw it.”

Boyfriend: “You should. Little rats running around the kitchen making stuff…it’s hella good.”

Me: “I think it’s so funny when you say ‘hella.’”

Boyfriend: “Hella’s NorCal. ‘Hecka’ is SoCal”

It was a good conversation…we should have it more often.

It’s hard for me to say anything about my rat-a-tat-tooooey other than the fact that it’s hella good.

Vegetable dishes in my house can get pretty redundant. After work, we starvin’ marvins tend to chop vegetables with the hurried technique of a 4-year old with crayons on a Little Mermaid coloring book.

We chop, pitch oil and spices in the air, toss everything in the oven and sit peevishly until they’re ready 50 minutes later to feed our crabby pants famished faces.

ratatouille saute

The Ratatouille Sauté was a change up from our ush and even got a double eyebrow raise plus verbal confirmation of its worthiness from my sweetpea.  

It’s your classic ratatouille (eggplant, tomatoes, squash, garlic) deconstructed for a roll in the hay.  Sprinkled with parmesan. This is great as a side dish or can be made into a meal if you serve it with copious amounts of beer rice.

If there’s a rata-tat to be excited about, it’s this one!

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Ratatouille Saute

Ratatouille Sauté

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Keyword: eggplant, ratatouille, sauteed vegetables, tomatoes, yellow squash
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Author: Julia

Classic ratatouille with eggplant, tomatoes, squash, and garlic, deconstructed and sauteed in a frying pan.



  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 zucchini squash halved lengthwise and chopped
  • 1 yellow squash halved lengthwise and chopped
  • 1 eggplant peeled and chopped into 1/2" squares
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans diced tomatoes including juices
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat, and add the onion. Sauté onion until it begins turning brown, about 10 minutes
  2. Add garlic, sauté 2 minutes
  3. Add zucchini, eggplant, diced tomatoes, herbs and salt. Cover and stir every couple of minutes. You want the vegetables to reach a boil which will take about 12 minutes to reach if you’re cooking over medium to medium-high.
  4. Continue cooking and stirring until the vegetables reach desired level of done-ness, for me this was another 7 minutes or so.
  5. Don’t allow your veggies to get soggy. Soggy veggies are gross veggies.

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Shannon Espinosa

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

THIS WAS AWESOME fast, easy, delicious


Thursday 9th of July 2020

I'm thrilled you like it, Shannon! Thanks so much for the sweet note! xoxo


Thursday 5th of April 2018

would it be possible if you could tell me the amount of ingredients i need to serves 80 people?


Thursday 26th of October 2017

Omg complete goodness I just made this recipe and it will not be my last time. Very flavorful everything just burst and the salt and tomato fuses it together. YUMMY


Monday 18th of September 2017

I. Love. This. We have tubs of it in the fridge now and that makes me so happy! Here's my 2 cents, for what it's worth:

* Use at least 1 can of seasoned diced tomatoes (with like, basil and oregano in it already), the veggies are kinda bland on their own unless you give them a lot of seasoning to soak up. * A giant, deep dutch oven works best (my large frying pan was quickly overwhelmed) * No need to peel, brine, or de-seed eggplant * You will be eating this for days! Freeze accordingly. * Salt + parm on top! <3


Friday 18th of August 2017

Delicious. But needed to add about 14-18 oz more of tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with seasoning, or spaghetti sauce... at least for the size veggies I had. Not a problem. Trader Joe's garlic tomato sauce came to the rescue.


Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

Thanks for letting me know, Mirleni!

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