Quick Ratatouille

Quick Ratatouille (Rachel Johnson)


Savor the last of summer's bounty with this easy version of a French favorite.

TOTAL TIME: 20-25 Minutes

MAKES: 2-3 servings


1 small eggplant (about 1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

6 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 small zucchini or yellow squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 large tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 tablespoon tomato paste

2 teaspoons chopped thyme

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Fresh-cooked pasta for serving

Preparation and Cooking:

1. Toss cubed eggplant with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 2 tablespoons olive oil; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Microwave 2 to 3 minutes or until eggplant has wilted and the bulk of the moisture is gone.

2. In a large glass bowl, toss eggplant, zucchini and the next 7 ingredients (through red pepper) together with remaining olive oil until veggies are coated.

3. Cover bowl with a plate or cover; microwave 5 to 6 minutes or until veggies are soft and cooked through. (Or, you can cook veggies in a large skillet over medium-low heat, stirring frequently.)

4. Season with salt and pepper; garnish with basil. Serve with pasta and more olive oil to taste.