Honestly, if it weren’t for that Disney movie about the rat, I doubt my kids would have been so eager to try my ratatouille recipe. But once they did, they were delighted and now it’s a dish I love to make when I feel like we should have something meatless. Made with a bounty of fresh, colorful vegetables, you’ll love the garden-fresh flavors in this tasty meal!

Best ratatouille recipe

Best Ratatouille Recipe

This delicious summer vegetable stew is truly something. If you love fresh vegetables, grab them from your farmer’s market and plan on making this best ratatouille recipe ASAP. It’s rich and satisfying, yet wonderfully healthy. Be sure to pick up French bread to go with this iconic French dish!

Ratatouille ingredients

Ratatouille Ingredients

  • Eggplant – Just one adds a nice purple color to a traditional ratatouille recipe.
  • Zucchini – Take 2 of these and slice them up to add more color.
  • Roma tomatoes – Slice these up to add red to the arrangement.
  • Crushed tomatoes – Now these are for that sublime sauce!
  • Carrot – Shredded, it goes into the sauce.
  • Garlic cloves and onion – You need these to add some flavor and pungent tastes to your sauce.
  • Dried herbs – You’ll need basil and parsley to bring out the natural flavors of the veggies.
  • Olive oil – A signature fat needed to sauté the onions and garlic.

Easy ratatouille recipe

If you are what you eat, eat the good stuff.

Easy Ratatouille Recipe

A traditional ratatouille dish looks like it would be hard. But it’s quite easy! In just 20 minutes, you’ll have it ready for the oven. After that, you can go read a book while it cooks to perfection!

How to you make ratatouille from scratch

How do you Make Ratatouille from Scratch

Believe it or not, there are very few steps here. You’ll preheat the oven and meanwhile cook the onion, garlic, and carrot until it’s tender on the stove top. Add the crushed tomatoes and seasonings and simmer for about 15 minutes. Taste at this point to see if the seasoning is balanced, and once the sauce is thick, pour it into your baking dish. Now you’ll arrange the slices of vegetables in a pretty circular pattern and brush with olive oil. Cover it and bake until done!

How to cook ratatouille

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Ratatouille Dish Every Time

  • Use the freshest produce. Don’t take those tomatoes that look like you’d better use them up. The success of ratatouille depends on the freshness of your vegetables. Take the time to choose fresh vegetables and your vegetable ratatouille will taste vibrant and delicious!
  • Slice all the vegetables as uniformly as you can. This will ensure they cook evenly.
  • Cover the dish. You don’t want the top burning while it takes its time in the oven!
  • Get bread. You won’t regret having slices of bread to dunk in this amazing sauce!

What do you serve with ratatouille

How to Cook Ratatouille

Ratatouille involves a little stove top action for the sauce followed by layering everything together in a baking dish. You spend very little time prepping compared to the cook time. It’s a great recipe for a weekend or special occasion.

What exactly is ratatouille?

Traditionally, it is a stew of French origin that is often made at the end of summer to capitalize on the freshness of summer vegetables before the season changes.

What is ratatouille made of?

Ratatouille is made of eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes in a sauce of crushed tomatoes, herbs, garlic, onion, and carrots.

Do I need to peel eggplant for ratatouille

Is ratatouille a main dish?

It is both a side and a main, depending on how you’re serving it. You can easily make it a main dish if you choose!

Is Ratatouille eaten hot or cold?

Ratatouille should be eaten hot. Serve it immediately after removing from the oven to have the best experience.

What is the difference between ratatouille and caponata?

While caponata is similar, it is from Sicily. It also contains anchovies while ratatouille is a vegetarian dish.

Is ratatouille supposed to be mushy

Do I need to peel eggplant for ratatouille?

That depends on your preference. In eggplant ratatouille, some people peel it while others want that pretty purple hue to be part of the visual when arranging the vegetables in the pattern.

Does ratatouille have meat in it?

Nope, not a trace! So feel free to serve it for meatless meals and to meatless guests!

How do the French eat ratatouille?

If you go to France, you will see them serve ratatouille with tuna and other fish. It often is paired with quiche and souffle as well.

Is ratatouille eaten hot or cold

Is Ratatouille supposed to be mushy?

While ratatouille is supposed to be soft like a stew, it shouldn’t be mushy. If you follow this recipe, your ratatouille should come out beautifully!

What goes well with Ratatouille

Goodness, where do I begin? French bread is a must in my book to sop up that sauce. I’ve also served this with flank steak, broccoli salad with lemon vinaigrette, mushroom rice pilaf, and pasta.

What do you serve with ratatouille?

Bread and pasta are traditional accompaniments for ratatouille. But you can add other things too like a nice salad or even something with meat like a flank steak if you’d prefer.

What is ratatouille made of

How to Store Ratatouille

Let your ratatouille cool first, then place it in an airtight container in your fridge.

How Long Does Ratatouille Last?

Ratatouille will last about 5 days in your fridge so if you have leftovers, you can really have at them!

ratatouille dish

Can You Freeze Ratatouille?

Of course you can! If you make a lot of it and you can’t eat it all within 5 days, wrap it well in the freezer and label it so you’ll be sure to put it to good use. Generally, it will be best if you eat it within 3 months.

How to Reheat Ratatouille?

Let it thaw in the fridge overnight, then bake it at 375F for about 7 minutes until it’s warmed through. Adding a little cheese on top during this reheating is a great idea!

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Homemade Ratatouille Recipe (Layered)

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 140
This delicious layered Ratatouille recipe is not only beautiful but it is absolutely packed with flavor! It is the perfect dish for vegetarians or vegans.


  • 4 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 small onion (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup carrot (shredded)
  • 14 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 small eggplant (sliced 1/8 inch thick circles)
  • 2 small zucchini (sliced 1/8 inch thick circles)
  • 3 Roma tomatoes (sliced 1/8 inch thick circles)
  • salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)


  • Preheat the oven to 375F. In a large nonstick pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Add in the onion, garlic, and carrot and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Next, add in the crushed tomatoes and seasonings and simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Once the sauce has thickened, pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Arrange the sliced vegetables in a circular pattern standing upright in the dish over the sauce. Brush with the remaining olive oil. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake until vegetables are tender. Serve immediately.
Calories: 140kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 577mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1731IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg

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My kids call falafel “balls of yum” and I think that sums it up quite nicely! If you’re looking to try something new or want a fun meatless meal, look no further than this homemade falafel recipe!

Best falafel recipe

Best Falafel Recipe

I used to stop in this one Middle Eastern place in the mall to get my falafel fix. But once I figured out how to make them myself, it was a game-changer. These are so delicious and wonderful on their own and in pitas too. You’ll see!

Easy Falafel Recipe

I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too. Falafel only looks hard because it’s not in your typical cuisine. It’s funny how we seem apprehensive about trying to cook something from another culture. Rest assured, falafel only has 4 easy steps and you will love it all the more because you made it yourself.

Ingredients for making falafel

Falafel Ingredients

  • Chickpeas – falafel with canned chickpeas helps save you time over dried chickpeas as you do not need to soak them (and yes, they work!). If you need to substitute out chickpeas, you can use fava beans in their place.
  • Fresh cilantro and parsley – nothing beats fresh herbs to brighten up any recipe.
  • Red onion – gives it some color and that signature onion flavor.
  • Garlic cloves – makes every recipe better.
  • Whole wheat flour – this one works best for me, but you can use any type you wish (even gluten-free!).
  • Baking powder – it gives falafel a lighter texture that you’ll love.
  • Seasonings – ground cumin plus a dash of salt and pepper,  are the falafel ingredients that provide the perfect well-rounded flavor.
  • Lemon juice – use fresh-squeezed to give it that Middle Eastern flair.

Easy falafel recipe

How do you Make Falafel from Scratch

It all starts with adding everything into your food processor. Once it has a coarse texture, you’ll roll it into balls. Place them on a baking sheet and let them chill for a couple hours, then get ready to fry them up in your deep fryer. That’s all there is to it!

You’re the hummus to my falafel.

How do you make falafel from scratch

How to Cook Falafel

An authentic falafel recipe is best when you cook it in oil. If you’re not a fan of all that oil, baking or air frying is always an option. The tips mentioned above can help you use those methods instead of frying.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Falafel Every Time

  • Not a fan of deep frying? Bake that falafel! Preheat your oven to 375F, then bake falafel balls of deliciousness up for 30 minutes.
  • Stock pot is ok – If you don’t have a deep fryer, you can simply use a stockpot.
  • Or use an air fryer! Heat it to 350F and cook for 8 minutes. Flip then cook for 6 more minutes.
  • Don’t skip the chill time. I know you want to eat them right now, but they need time to form together or they won’t stay intact during the frying process.

How do you make falafels more moist

What is falafel?

Falafel is a Middle Eastern deep-fried ball that is made with a mixture of ground chickpeas and seasonings that are commonly served in Israel and Egypt. There are no eggs or animal products in it so it is a vegan-friendly dish.

Are all falafels vegan?

Yes they are, so feel free to make this vegan falafel recipe for a meatless night or your favorite vegan friends!

Why can’t you use canned chickpeas for falafel?

You can use canned chickpeas. It saves you time and if you rinse and drain them correctly, it will work just as well. Especially when deep frying them.

How soft do chickpeas need to be for falafel?

Your chickpeas should be tender to the point you can break them with your fingers yet not be mushy. Using canned chickpeas ensures you’ll have the right texture.

How to cook falafel

How do you make falafels more moist?

Serving falafel with sauce is a must to keep them moist. We use hummus but feel free to have tahini or even tzatziki with it.

How do you get a falafel to stick together?

Falafel will stick together when you follow the recipe and make sure they chill long enough. You should also scoop the balls of dough tightly and that will keep them in one piece.

Why does my falafel fall apart when I fry it?

If the dough mixture is too wet, it will fall apart. Take the time to really drain those chickpeas and follow the other steps and they will stay together.

What to serve with falafel

What sauces go well with falafel?

You can pair your falafel with hummus. It also goes well with tzatziki sauce, a cucumber-dill yogurt that tastes amazing. Another option is tahini, which has a sesame and lemon flavor.

What is a good side dish for Falafel?

You can make a Lebanese falafel plate with hummus and tahini sauce, stuff falafel into pita (they make gluten-free pitas too) with onion, tomato, lettuce coriander, cucumbers and yogurt sacue if you prefer something similar to a sandwich, add them to a salad, top them on rice, make a falafel wrap recipe, or simply serve as a dipper to dunk in tahini or tzatziki sauce.

How do you fry falafel without it falling apart

How to Store Falafel

Falafel need to be refrigerated so don’t leave them out. Keep them covered and eat them quickly. They’re best when they’re fresh.

How Long Does Falafel Last?

You’ll have about 4 days to eat that falafel up when it’s in the fridge. Anything after that, I’d toss out.

How do you get a falafel to stick together

Can You Freeze Falafel?

Yes, which is perfect for a quick bite. Cooked falafel will keep in a sealed container for as long as 3 months. However, it’s best to make extra falafel dough and freeze that. It too will keep for 3 months in the freezer.

How to Reheat Falafel?

You will want to thaw out that dough first and then follow the remaining steps. But if you have cooked falafel, simply warm it in the oven until it’s heated and enjoy!

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The BEST Falafel Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 71
Authentic falafel is so unique and delicious! This is the best falafel recipe that I've been perfecting for my family. Simple ingredients are key to any easy falafel recipe. Chickpeas, fresh herbs, and spices keep this moist falafel recipe packed with flavor!


  • 1 16oz can of chickpeas ((garbanzo beans))
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro ((coriander))
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 red onion (quartered)
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp garlic (minced)

For serving as a Pita

  • pita bread
  • chopped lettuce
  • red onion (sliced)
  • tomatoes (sliced)
  • hummus


  • Add chickpeas, cilantro, parsley, onion, flour, lemon juice, baking powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and garlic to a food processor. Pulse until the mixture becomes a coarse texture.
  • From your mixing bowl, measure out 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into patties or balls. Place the balls on a baking sheet pan lined with parchment paper and chill for 2 hours. While the falafels chill, heat up the oil in deep fryer.
  • Once the falafels are chilled, transfer 2-4 falafels to the oil and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Once cooked, remove the falafels from the deep fryer with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with paper towels and allow them to drain. Serve the falafels with hummus or inside a warm pita pocket.
Calories: 71kcal
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean


Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 780mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1430IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 3mg

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