Today’s Recipe: Ratatouille

This morning we woke to 40 degree weather with a wind of around 18 mph.  A good day for a warm and hearty stew recipe. I had all the ingredients for a wonderful Ratatouille so that is what I have made.

If you like zucchini and eggplant you will love this recipe. The cutting up of the veggies takes the most time, the cooking time is super fast and you end up with a very hearty meal.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Adobo seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 6 large cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 large red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 large green pepper, sliced
  • 1 large eggplant, cut into sticks
  • 2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 zucchini, cut into long sticks
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped including leaves
  • 1/2 lb ground beef (use better quality)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • Parsley chopped for garnish

Use part of the olive oil to sauté the beef with the dry herbs. Set meat aside on a plate when almost cooked.  In the same pot add the balance of the olive oil and sauté the onions, celery and peppers for 2 minutes, add the balance of the veggies and cook just a few minutes, stirring occasionally. At this point you may need to add 1/4 cup of water but the veggies will release more of their own juices making more sauce. Add the ground beef and stir, cover and cook for 10 minutes.  Check the tenderness of the veggies, they should hold their shape but be tender.  This is the time to make adjustments to the seasoning, adding salt or pepper to taste.  Sprinkle with chopped parsley and a grating of Parmesan cheese.  Serve hot or at room temperature.

This tastes even better the next day.  You can serve over a baked potato or rice to make a more filling meal.

This recipe is from Sandy Hill who we met in South Miami years ago.  We have lost contact over the years but this recipe has lasted the test of time.  Of course I have made several additions to make it my own but the basic recipe is the same as when Sandy had Joe and I over for dinner back in the late 70’s.

10 thoughts on “Today’s Recipe: Ratatouille

    • It has been down in the 30’s here and does not get into the high 50’s during the day. Fireplace going like a blast furnice and still the house is cold. YUCK

      • brrrrrrrrrrrrr… hopefully the warmer days will be there soon! i just returned from a second visit to poza honda.. you and joe would have loved it there.. very serene and quiet and it seems the climate= so far – is all but perfect….

          • Portoviejo to Santa Ana, then upriver half an hour’s drive to the ‘poza’-dam..there’s a reservoir behind the dam….. Years ago when I took the UIO to Portoviejo flight, I’d look down and see this large body of water and wonder, “Where – is – that? What – is – that?” and dismissed it as a Dariun Gap type of swamp….. I was wrong – it’s lovely there…. shhhhh… i hope it stays quiet and lovely!

  1. I think it must be getting to be Spring there, hope you both made it through the winter ok and all is well and you will continue blogging about your adventures- I’ve been following for years- you’re doing what I’ve always wanted to do! I so enjoy your writings.

    • Hi Liz, We are happy to celebrate Spring finally. It was a long hard winter for us after living in warmer climates since the middle 70’s. Joe had a cardiac episode and we have both been home bound since April so the cold weather seemed to go on forever. We made some major changes to our diet and found several supplements that have helped with his recovery. We are finally walking every day for an hour but the new diet keeps me busy with meal preparation and shopping. Joe has started to assist with the prep work so that tells me he is healing and feeling much better. I have been accumulating recipes and hope to start posting them once I feel more comfortable in our new eating program. Thanks for keeping up with us and thanks for writing, it makes my day when someone is enjoying our little adventure. Nancy

      • I am so sorry to hear that- glad though things are getting better…. I totally get what you mean about a lifestyle change diet…
        Merry Christmas to you both! Looking forward to reading more of your adventures in 2018!

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