I love ratatouille for a quick and easy side dish to a meal where you want a touch of colour and vegetables. This easy recipe should help you to make the perfect ratatouille and can easily be adapted to your preferences.


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Why this dish is perfect on a diet

Vegetables are low in calories compared to their density. This essentially means that they fill you up with very few calories.

The more vegetables you have in a meal either as a side dish or mixed in with the meal itself the lower-calorie the meal tends to be. A filling but low-calorie meal is perfect for weight loss.

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan this is a great recipe to try. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

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Red onions

What to enjoy ratatouille with

This is a great recipe to enjoy with a jacket potato, as a side dish to most meals or even on its own if you like!

The flavours are deep but nothing that children would not enjoy too so perfect for all the family. If a member of your family does not like one of the vegetables in it simply add extra of the others!

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Other recipes you may enjoy

If you like this then why not try these other popular recipes.

Sticky mushrooms – a tasty way to make mushrooms more fun and add as a side dish to any meal.

Creamy mushroom soup – an easy popular soup recipe

Spicy potatoes are a great side dish to most meals.

If you are looking for more vegetable side dishes do check out these 6 delicious vegetable side dishes and my BBQ side dishes.

For more healthy vegetarian and vegan recipes, I have a bumper guide you will love. Check it out here.

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Quick and easy ratatouille recipe

  • Author: Jen Mellor
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main Meal or Side Dish
  • Method: Stove top, hob
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Low Calorie


Delicious ratatouille recipe perfect for weight loss and for all the family to enjoy with a variety of meals for extra tasty vegetables.



2 onions, diced

1 aubergine, cut into bite size cubes

2 large courgettes cut into bite size pieces

1 large red pepper cut into bite size pieces

1 large yellow pepper cut into bite sized pieces

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

400g can of chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp chopped basil (halve if using dried rather than fresh)

2 tbsp chopped parsley (halve if using dried rather than fresh)

low-calorie cooking spray


Using a large saucepan and a good few sprays of the low-calorie cooking spray heat add the courgettes, onions, aubergine, peppers, garlic and cook on a high heat, stirring continuously so they do not stick for 3 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and stir well.

Reduce the heat and cover the pan then simmer for 15 minutes until all the vegetables are cooked.

Remove from the heat and stir through the fresh parsley and basil before serving.

Keywords: healthy ratatouille, vegetable side dish

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  1. Tastes like far more work went into it than it did! I’ll never buy tinned ratatouille again.