Grow Your Own, Yummy Recipes

Ratatouille – Completely homegrown

Ratatouille is one of my favourite meals and I love that I can cook it purely from foods grown on my allotment or in my back garden. This makes it economical as well as healthy and tasty! You can’t really get a better combination than this! It’s a real taste of summer and can be served in so many ways. You can have it on its own with some baguette, with pasta, with rice or with jacket potatoes. We usually have it with pasta and cheese but all of the combinations taste seriously good!

Ratatouille Recipe (4 servings)


  • 1 aubergine
  • 2 courgettes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 3 gloves of garlic
  • 10 very ripe tomatoes
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • Oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Chop the onion and crush the garlic. Put them into the pan with a little heated oil and cook until the onion is soft.
  2. Chop the aubergine, pepper, carrot and courgette. Add them to the pan and cook until they have softened.
  3. Chop the tomatoes and add these into the pan, along with the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil. Once it is boiling turn the heat down and leave it to cook until the vegetables have cooked through completely.
  4. Add salt and pepper according to your taste.
  5. Serve. We usually have it with pasta and a salad.

I promise that you will not be disappointed. You can add more or fewer tomatoes according to your own personal tastes. You can even substitute fresh tomatoes with a tin of them. We just like to use the glut of them we have when we have grown them in the summer!

Ratatouille can be frozen, and we often do this as it’s a meal we cook to use up the abundance of courgettes and tomatoes we get. However, courgettes can go a bit soft when defrosted so it is definitely a meal that is best fresh.