Summer Zucchini Ratatouille

A ratatouille is a beautiful summer excuse to transform humble ingredients like onions, garlic and herbs in to a glorious and delicious  dish. This recipe is very healthy but packed with big flavors. I use zucchini and yellow squash in this version but you could add eggplant, peppers and thin slices of potatoes for a more powerful version.
I quickly chop all the tomatoes, shallot, carrot and garlic with a food processor and then I pour all the chopped vegetables in a baking dish with my herbs and good olive oil. I layer the zucchini by making mini-stacks of about 20 slices in sequence, and then I arrang a few stacks at a time into the prepared baking dish in a concentric spiral from the outer edge to the inside, fanning them out.

I made the ratatouille with my kids for dinner. I sliced the zucchini, they stacked the slices for me in neat piles. We talked about summer plans and they filled me in on the latest stories. We played a game of badmington on the lawn and while I miserably lost every set, I won precious time with them, away from twitter and the unwatchable news #RESIST

 

Summer Vegetable Ratatouille
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Recipe by Silvia Baldini
Summer Vegetable Ratatouille
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Recipe by Silvia Baldini
Ingredients
  • 3 medium ripe plum tomatoes
  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small peeled and roughly chopped carrot
  • 1 small peeled garlic clove
  • 4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons 3 tsp fresh thyme, basil, parsley finely chopped
  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 3 medium yellow squash
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a food processor add the chopped tomatoes, shallot, carrot and the garlic. Chop all the vegetable but stop before they become a puree', leaving a rough texture.
  3. Pour the chopped vegetables, 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and half of the chopped fresh herbs into a medium baking dish. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Using a mandolin, or a really sharp knife, thinly and evenly, slice the vegetables. Make the slices thin, about 1/8’ (3mm) thick.
  5. Make mini-stacks of about 20 slices in sequence. Arrange a few stacks at a time into the prepared baking dish in a concentric spiral from the outer edge to the inside, fanning them out a bit so that you can see the top 1/8” of all the slices. “Stand” them up a little, so you can it as many vegetable slices in as possible, but you may still have some leftover veggies. Save the smaller rounds for the center of the dish.
  6. Drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and season with more salt and pepper. Sprinkle the remaining chopped herbs. Cover the dish with a piece of parchment paper cut to it just inside the dish rim, directly on top of the vegetable arrangement.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes -1 hour
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