Chef's Recipes

Pete Evans' Ratatouille

The French tomato, eggplant and zucchini classic.

By Pete Evans
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 25 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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  • 1 large eggplant (630gm), cut into 1.5cm dice
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) coconut oil
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 1.5cm dice
  • 1 Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 2 red capsicum, seeds discarded and cut into 1.5cm dice
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 vine-ripened tomatoes, seeds discarded and cut into 1.5cm dice
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) red wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar or honey
  • To serve: coarsely chopped basil


  • 1
    Place eggplant in a bowl with 1½ tsp fine sea salt, toss to coat and set aside for bitter juices to drain (20 minutes). Rinse well and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • 2
    Heat half the coconut oil in a large non-stick frying pan over low-medium heat. Add eggplant and zucchini and sauté until tender (8-9 minutes). Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • 3
    Add remaining coconut oil to pan. Add onion and cook until softened without colouring (2-3 minutes). Add capsicum and sauté until starting to soften (4-5 minutes). Add garlic and tomato, return eggplant and zucchini to pan, and cook, stirring occasionally, until warmed through (5-6 minutes). Season to taste, stir in olive oil, vinegar, coconut sugar and basil and serve.