Ratatouille Pasta Sauce
After my Bolognese sauce turned out so well, I needed something more to make with all my fresh garden vegetables, so I cooked up a vegetarian pasta sauce. Full of peppers, eggplants and tomatoes, garlic, onion and herbs, it has all the flavors of Ratatouille. It’s a simple sauce to make. I left my sauce a little chunky to highlight the beauty of veggies, but you can puree it in a blender if you prefer your sauce smooth.
Fairy tale eggplant are the tiny little lavender purple eggplant that are about 3 – 5 inches long. You can use other eggplant if you don’t have fairy tale. A small Japanese eggplant or the end of a large eggplant would also work just fine.
I ended up giving the rest of this sauce to my sister who has four little ones. It’ll make an easy meal for them. There are more garden goodies now … I can always make more sauce. I love this time of year, when there are so many fresh vegetables from the garden to play with.
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 - 6 cloves of garlic, peeled & chopped
- 3/4 cup chopped zucchini
- 2 Tablespoons chopped onion
- 2 bell peppers, chopped
- 2 fairy tale eggplant, chopped
- 1 pint of tomato sauce
- 1 pint of canned tomatoes, crushed, with juices
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- About 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (I used basil, oregano & a bit of rosemary)
- Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat, then add the olive oil, garlic, zucchini, onion and bell pepper and sautee for a few minutes or until the onion is translucent and the zucchini is tender.
- Add the eggplant and cook for a few minutes longer until the eggplant is tender too.
- Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, salt and herbs. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes to let all the flavors mingle well.
- Serve over hot pasta with some grated cheese on top, garnished with fresh oregano or basil.
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