Slow Cooker Ratatouille Recipe

Slow Cooker Ratatouille Recipe

Does anything taste better than a great dish that has been perfectly prepared in a slow cooker? Many people think that it is the best way to prepare food. Everything comes out full of flavor and the juices just flow out of the food and create an explosion of flavor with every single bite of the dish that you take. And the best part about all of it is that, once the prep work for the dish is done, you just set the slow cooker and forget about it until it is done several hours later! Yes, using a slow cooker is truly an excellent way to prepare food, and your guests will often marvel at your culinary expertise. The next time you really want to wow some dinner guests, be sure to try out this slow cooker ratatouille recipe.

What Ingredients Does Rataouille Require?

If you will look past the obviousness of this statement, the ingredients really make the dish. Chefs that want quality food make sure that they use the finest ingredients. Savvy diners can always taste the difference when a dish is prepared with something less than the freshest components, and you do not want that for your guests. For ratatouille, here is what you will need:

2 large onions, cut in half and sliced
large eggplant, sliced, cut in 2 inch pieces
4 small zucchini, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large green bell peppers, de-seeded and cut into thin strips
2 large tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch wedges
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
Red pepper flakes, to spice it up

How to Prepare Ratatouille

Of course, having the finest ingredients in all the known universe will not make a lick of difference if you fail to prepare the dish correctly. Fortunately, as mentioned earlier, when making a dish in the slow cooker, the hard part is the prep work. Once the ingredients are ready to be put in the pot, all you have to do is arrange them correctly, and your work is done. With a delicate dish like this slow cooker ratatouille recipe, it seems like it would be much more complicated than it actually is. So follow these steps and wow your guests.

  1. Layer half the vegetables in a large crock pot in the following order: onion, eggplant, zucchini, garlic, green peppers, and tomatoes.
  2. Sprinkle half the basil, oregano, sugar, parsley, salt and pepper on the veggies.
  3. Dot with half of the tomato paste.
  4. Repeat layering process with remaining vegetables, spices and tomato paste.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours.
  7. Place in serving bowl and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.