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Roasted Garden Ratatouille – $5 Dinner Challenge

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.

Roasted Garden Ratatouille

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 45 minutes


  • 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, to taste


  • 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