Roasted Garden Ratatouille – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 30, 2010

So this meal involves a little vegetable chopping.

Okay, Fine. A LOT of chopping.

But it is worth every second. I promise.

We all loved this…including the boys.


1 green pepper (I used some from the freezer…$.33)
1 medium eggplant ($1.50)
1 medium yellow squash ($.75)
1 medium zucchini ($.75)
About 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes (from the garden)

Fresh herbs from the garden – basil, oregano, and thyme
About 2 Tbsp olive oil ($.20)
Salt and pepper


First chop the eggplant and season with some salt. Place in a strainer or colander in the sink and let the juices out while you chop everything else.  When you are ready to throw it all together, rinse off the salt/juices and pat dry.

Then chop every else into 1/2 or so size pieces. Chop the herbs.  Toss everything into a large bowl with the olive oil and season with some salt and pepper.

Spread it out onto a single-ish layer on a cookie sheet and roast at 400 for 35-45 minutes, stirring once.

Roasty. Toasty.

Serve as is, over bread or over pasta.

**Note: I had the leftover ratatouille cold over cold leftover noodles.  Perhaps the best lunch I’ve had all summer!

Cost $3.53

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Kristy @momhatescooking August 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Sounds like a great meatless meal!


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy August 30, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Great vegetarian meal!! My husband would go crazy without the meat but I would love it! Thanks!


Robin August 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Your meal looks awesome!


Wendy (The Local Cook) August 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I love the idea of a roasted version! The one I’m linking up is a stir fry.


ginger August 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm

That looks wonderful Erin! I linked up a nice crock pot Balsamic Chicken that would go great with these roasted veggies… Mmmmm Mmmmm good! My mouth is watering just thinking about it :)


Kristia@FamilyBalanceSheet August 30, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Ever since I got my big girl knives a few years ago for Christmas, I just live to chop. It’s a great stress reliever for me. The dish looks delicious.

Thanks for the carnival.


Paula August 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Your ratatouile looks delicious! I had been looking for a good eggplant recipe. Last time I went to the pick fresh farm I picked up an eggplant and he suggested a stir fry. It was very good but I think your dish looks even better.


Rachel August 31, 2010 at 6:13 am

I make a similar version except I add seared lamb, carrots, rosemary and thyme. Its delicious!!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom August 31, 2010 at 4:01 pm


Sounds divine!


Queen of the House August 31, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Looks delicious! :)


Liz@HoosierHomemade August 31, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I’m not sure my boys would appreciate this meal, but I know I would, sounds yummy!
Thanks so much for hosting Erin!


Teresa September 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Made this tonight! Delicious! Mine turned out a bit drier than yours, but it tasted just fabulous!


Diane September 10, 2010 at 7:41 am

Oven roasted ratatouille – what a great idea ! Thanks for sharing. I can see many possibilities.


Brittany September 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I’m making this RIGHT NOW :) However, I’m serving mine with brown rice :)
Thanks for the easy recipe!


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