Easy Ratatouille in 20 minutes – gluten-free, vegan meal

  • Easy ratatouille recipe with courgette, aubergine, leek and sweet pepper - gluten-free vegan quick meal

Ratatouille comes in many shapes and forms all over the world over. It typically consists of courgette (zucchini), aubergine (eggplant), onion, garlic, sweet bell pepper and tomatoes.

It’s basically a stew that can be served as a side dish or as part of a main meal with jacket potatoes, bread, rice or quinoa. There are many different ways to cook it and a plethora of variations. My way of creating this dish here, embraces simplicity, whilst retaining the natural vibrancy of the vegetables.

It’s the ideal thing to cook if you want to eat something tasty and quick.

Easy ratatouille recipe with courgette, aubergine, leek and sweet pepper - gluten-free vegan quick meal

I am using passata for my ratatouille. Passata is easy to find here in the UK and Europe. It is essentially pureed tomatoes that have been sieved or strained. However they have not been reduced down and concentrated like tomato paste or puree. Confusing I know! I’ve found passata in health food stores in North America under the name sieved or strained tomatoes.

If you can’t get hold of passata, then canned tomatoes work well instead. You can also use fresh, ripe, juicy tomatoes and bake them in the oven first – that would work as a great substitute.

Obviously different forms of tomatoes will have different effects… but that’s all part of the fun of it. Explore, play and let it dance. Just bear in mind that passata or crushed tomatoes will create an instant sauce. If you use whole tomatoes, then you’ll have to work them a little more.

Easy ratatouille recipe with courgette, aubergine, leek and sweet pepper - gluten-free vegan quick meal

Another other key ingredients in my ratatouille recipe is leek. I love leeks! A member of the onion family, they have their own distinct deliciousness that comes out to perfection when gently sautéed. If you don’t have leek, then simply use onion instead.

I do like to sautée the leek, pepper, aubergine for a few minutes to start with. It just brings out their amazing flavours… although I prefer not to over-do it either. For me it’s all about finding that perfect moment, where the flavours are beginning to burst out.

Most of the cooking then involves a gentle simmer with the sauce and other condiments, until everything is nicely cooked through.

Easy ratatouille recipe with courgette, aubergine, leek and sweet pepper - gluten-free vegan quick meal

OK – let’s make this!

Yield: 2 - 4

Easy Ratatouille in 20 minutes - gluten-free, vegan meal

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
An easy ratatouille recipe using aubergine, courgette, red pepper, leek and parsley. Serves well as a stew with bread or with rice, potatoes of quinoa.

Ingredients

  • 1 aubergine (eggplant - medium sized)
  • 2 courgettes (zucchini - medium sized)
  • 1 leek (small/medium sized)
  • 2 sweet red peppers
  • Coconut oil to sautée (or use olive oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 250ml passata unsalted (1 cup)
  • Black Pepper (big twist)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 heaped teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 handful fresh parsley
  • Mixed herbs (optional to taste)

Instructions

  • Prepare the vegetables. Slice the aubergine, courgette, leek and red pepper into strips or slices. Crush the garlic.
  • Drizzle some oil into a large pan and turn on the heat. Once the oil is hot, toss in the leeks for a couple of minutes and then toss in the aubergine, courgette, pepper and garlic.
  • Mix regularly over a couple of minutes.
  • Add the passata, pepper, salt and coconut sugar. Bring to the boil and then turn down and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir regularly, replacing the lid between stirs.
  • Chop the parsley and any other herbs you want to use. Toss into the pan and mix in near the end of the cooking period, once the vegetables all begin to soften.
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