One of this household’s FAVE movies! And now…it’s a loved dinner as well. Woooo!
(just in case anyone has lived in horrible seclusion and is unaware to what movie I am referring, it would be Ratatouille [Disney/Pixar]. Now that you know….GET IT!!! Even if you’re not a big fan of animated flicks, I highly recommend this one.)
I was super excited about this one. I’ve wanted to try it since I first saw the movie and this was the greatest opportunity. A slow cooker version of something I’ve been wanting to try??? Jackpot! Now, I’d LOVE to make it the way they do in the movie and since I’m requesting a mandolin for the next gift giving occasion, I hope to be able to do it soon. But this one certainly suffices!
Let me also just say…. Yes. I made and we had Ratatouille. But. It was a bit modified. From both the true recipe and the slow cooker recipe I found. True Ratatouille has eggplant in it which is a BIG no-no in this house due to Justice’s allergy.
So…without further ado, I present Slow Cooker Ratatouille
Ingredients – (This recipe as written only makes 2 servings. I doubled it and got 5 good servings when served with rice.)
1-1/2 cups cubed, peeled (if desired) eggplant (I replaced with 2 medium zucchini)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped yellow summer squash or zucchini (2 medium yellow squash)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped tomato
1/2 of an 8-ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce
1/3 cup coarsely chopped red or green sweet pepper (I used 1 whole sweet orange pepper)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil
1 In a 1-1/2-quart slow cooker (I used my 6 qt), combine eggplant, squash, chopped tomato, tomato sauce, sweet pepper, onion, salt, black pepper, and garlic.
2 Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4-1/2 to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. If no heat setting is available, cook for 4 to 4-1/2 hours.
3 Stir basil into mixture in cooker. Serve in shallow bowls and top with Parmesan cheese.
~~I served ours with rice to make it more filling. It went over quite well. Minute Rice would certainly work, but I made the long version. Click here for a how-to.)
I hope that you enjoy this awesome dish as much as we did. And yes….for anyone wondering….we Totally had the movie on!
Have a fab week-