No I didn’t put a little mouse in my crock pot… (I know that’s what came to your mind when you read ratatouille, right?) I have been so busy lately and just haven’t had time to cook so I figured I would dust off the ‘ol crock pot. There’s so much to love about it, and you can’t really appreciate it until you try it. The directions are always the same. Throw your ingredients in, set the timer and come home to dinner ready and an apartment filled with the aroma of whatever it is your cooking. I served mine over noodles but you can eat this in many ways, as a side dish, with meat or fish, stuff it in a red pepper, acorn squash or potato, or just alone with some crackers. It’s a great go-to meal and is awesome for using up those veggies that have been in the fridge a while and are bordering questionable edibility (made up word, cuz it’s my blog and I do what I want!).
Crock Pot Ratatouille
- 2 large onions, cut in half and sliced (I used a leek that I had in the fridge too)
- 1 large eggplants, sliced, cut in 2 inch pieces
- 4 small zucchini, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 large red or green bell peppers, de-seeded and cut into thin strips (I only had one)
- 2 large tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch wedges (or chopped cherry tomatoes. Canned tomatoes work too)
- 1 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon sugar (I used Nunaturals NuStevia – not pictured)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- red pepper flakes, to spice it up
Layer half the vegetables in a large crock pot in the following order: onion, eggplant, zucchini, garlic, green peppers, tomatoes.
Next sprinkle half the basil, oregano, sugar, parsley, salt and pepper on the veggies.
Dot with half of the tomato paste. Repeat layering process with remaining vegetables, spices and tomato paste. Drizzle with olive oil.
Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours.
Place in serving bowl and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese or serve with pasta like I did. I used Dreamfields pasta which is lower in carbs.