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Anthony Bourdain's ratatouille

This celebrity chef gives us a delicious ratatouille recipe that even a novice chef can prepare and enjoy. 



  • 1 to 1/4 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only, chopped
  • 2 medium zucchini, trimmed and diced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 medium yellow squash, trimmed and diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium eggplant, diced (but save the internal pieces without skin for baba ganoush or another dish- it’s crucial that each piece in this dish have some skin attached)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons high-quality aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil, leaves only, coarsely chopped


  1. In a large, heavy-bottom sauté pan, heat ¼ cup of the oil over high heat. Add the onion and garlic; when the onion is translucent and just beginning to brown, reduce the heat and stir in the tomato paste and thyme.
  2. Remove from the heat and transfer the mixture to a sheet pan to cool.
  3. Wipe out the sauté pan (or use a clean one) and heat two tablespoons of the oil in it over high heat. Add the zucchini and sauté over high heat until tender and beginning to become golden brown at the edges. Season with salt and pepper, remove from the heat, and transfer to the sheet pan with the onion mixture, keeping it segregated.
  4. Repeat this procedure with another one to two tablespoons of the oil as needed, and the squash, pepper, and eggplant, cooking each vegetable separately, seasoning with salt and pepper, and allowing it to cool on one of the sheet pans. Wipe out the pan between vegetables.
  5. Once the vegetables have cooled to room temperature, combine them in a large mixing bowl and toss gently. Add the balsamic and remaining oil to taste. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, add the basil, and let the mixture sit at room temperature for three to four hours to let the flavors marry. Serve at room temperature.











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