Monday, August 15, 2011

Rat-A-Pa-Tootie aka Ratatouille

I have a spelling issue. It was always that stray B on a otherwise perfect report card. I could never remember the whole I before E except after C thing and any other spelling rule. For a long time I was incapable of spelling my own middle name which was horribly embarrassing. Even more embarrassing is the fact that my middle name is Maire Marie. Anyway! This has nothing what-so-ever to do with this next post except for the fact that I had to google it to write it out.

Ratatouille. Sounds confusing right? Difficult to make? Don't let the fact that they named a movie after it keep you from trying to make it! This was seriously one of the easiest things I have ever made. The quantities all depend on the number you are feeding and you can add or subtract according to taste. 

-Two small zucchini
-Two small summer squash
-1/2 a large onion
-Two cans of diced tomatoes (the medium-large size)
-Italian seasoning to size
-One tbsp of olive oil
-Shaved parmesan (enough to cover the size of the sauce pan you are using)

Peel, or don't peel, the veggies and chop into relatively thin disks and slice the onions thinly.
Heat olive oil in a medium-large sauce pan and saute the onions until they are a little soft.
Add the remaining veggies, except the tomatoes, and saute until translucent (ish).
Add the diced tomatoes and cover until bubbly and all veggies are very soft.
Uncover and sprinkle the cheese over the entire thing with a fairly heavy hand.
Cover until the cheese melts. Serve with pasta or chicken or alone!

For a slightly more formal version of this you can bake it in the oven at 350 until the veggies are tender. Stack the veggies in short piles alternating colors. Still cover with the diced tomatoes and cheese!

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