Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ratatouille with Penne

"C'est Magnifique!", the theme for this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC). We are currently cooking with Jacques Pepin's recipes, and this week is all about celebrating magnificient French food. Well, I knew just what I wanted to cook! Ratatouille!! Which has been on my list for ages (ever since the popular cartoon movie by the name itself! Has it been that long?!!)

Super easy dish to cook! All you need to do is chop up all the veggies (zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, onions) and with all the other ingredients goes into the pot, cover and simmer away for about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and it is ready to be served over pasta.

This is rather tasty.

Serve it over penne for one of our weeknight dinner. I've forgotten to add the black olives, oh well, we like it anyway!

Ratatouille with Penne
(adapted from "More Fast Food My Way", Jacques Pepin)
Ratatouille :
1 long Japanese eggplant or small regular eggplant (about 10 ounces), cut into 1-inch pieces
2 small firm zuchinni (about 1/2 pound total), cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 cubanelle or long Italian peppers (about 1/2 pound total), seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces (I use red and yellow bell peppers)
2 cups cubed (3/4-inch) onions
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped garlic
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes in sauce
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup olive oil

Penne :
3/4 pound penne
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup small pitted oil-cured black olives
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for the table
a few fresh basil or parsley leaves, for garnish

For the ratatouille : Put all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Mix well, reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook gently for 30 minutes. If the mixture still has a lot of liquid, reduce it by boiling, uncovered for 3 to 4 minutes. Cool to room temperature. You will have about 5 cups.

For the penne : Bring 3 quarts salted water to a boil in a large pot. Add the penne and stir it well, so it doesn't stick together. Return to a boil, stirring occasionally, and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until it is cooked to your liking.

Meanwhile, combine the ratatouille, 3/4 teaspoon salt, pepper and olive oil in a large glass bowl and microwave for a couple of minutes to warm it through. Drain the pasta and add it to the ratatouille in the bowl. Sprinkle on the olives and the cheese and mix well. Divide among four hot plates and garnish with the basil and grated cheese. Pass more at the table.

Note : To serve the ratatouille on its own, spoon it into a serving dish, drizzle on a little extra-virgin olive oil, sprinkle with 1/4 cup pitted oil-cured black olives or kalamata olives, and garnish with 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh basil or parsley.

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), theme for this week 
"C'est Magnifique!"

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  1. Joyce, I cooked Ratatouille too! :D Great minds think alike!

  2. Great recipe, Joyce! It looks delicious and you can't go wrong with eggplant and Jacques. C'est magnifique, for sure!

  3. Hi Joyce,

    I actually prefer my pasta without the olives :p Yours is actually what I like :D


  4. Joyce, I love how pretty your ratatouille looks!! This dish has been my bookmarked list for the longest time too. To pair your ratatouille with penne is absolutely great especially for a vegetarian meal. Nice!!

  5. I just rewatched Ratatouille the other day with my kids, and it has also been on my mind to make it soon. Looks really comforting!

  6. Joyce , ratatouille is on my list , too :D Will have to try this kind of stewed veggies sometime !

  7. This looks like a dish that'd show up on my regular dinner table. I love vegetables of all kind. Nice dish!

  8. Hi Joyce
    So delicious!
    Oh yes I remember that movie Ratatouille ... well this is my to do list ... hee hee but still haven't cooked this dish.

  9. Love that you chose to make ratatouille! It looks so colorful and gorgeous over the pasta. I've made ratatouille once years ago and the recipe called to serve it over salmon. It was delicious and I think would be delicious over any fish. Great choice!

  10. C'est Magnifique! This looks delicious and glad we met through IHCC!

  11. I have been meaning to make this dish. I love a good Ratatouille and this recipe looks especially delicious served with the pasta. ;-)