Ratatouille Pasta Sauce

Ratatouille Pasta Sauce- made with a combination of summer’s best produce, this ratatouille-inspired sauce is hearty and full of flavor. Less than 10 ingredients + 30 minutes to make!

Ratatouille Pasta Sauce- made with a combination of summer's best produce, this ratatouille-inspired sauce is hearty and full of flavor. Less than 10 ingredients + 30 minutes to make! #vegan #plantbased #cleaneating #healthy

I’m just going to say it. This is definitely towards the top of the least visually attractive recipes I have on my site. As it turns out, blending zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers and tomatoes together does not result in the most appetizing of colors. Who knew?

Orange and brown are really tough for a food blogger to work with but I did my best to make it look as good as it tastes. Is it cool if we just focus on the sounds of the flavors today and the pretty green basil leaves on top? K, thanks. 

Ratatouille Pasta Sauce- made with a combination of summer's best produce, this ratatouille-inspired sauce is hearty and full of flavor. Less than 10 ingredients + 30 minutes to make! #plantbased #vegan #healthymeals

What’s awesome is that I was able to make this recipe almost entirely from produce I picked up at my local farmers market. Summer has been kind to us this year.

I don’t know about you guys but whenever I see a bunch of eggplant my mind goes straight to ratatouille.   I love the flavors of the vegetables melded together but, to be honest, the texture of eggplant rubs me the wrong way. Unless it’s cut super thin and fried. But that’s not exactly healthy.

By using all of the ingredients of a traditional ratatouille and blending it into a pasta sauce, I’m able to get the flavors I love with the texture of a marinara. Problem solved.

Ratatouille Pasta Sauce- made with a combination of summer's best produce, this ratatouille-inspired sauce is hearty and full of flavor. Less than 10 ingredients + 30 minutes to make!

Ratatouille Pasta Sauce- made with a combination of summer's best produce, this ratatouille-inspired sauce is hearty and full of flavor. Less than 10 ingredients + 30 minutes to make!

Ratatouille Pasta Sauce- made with a combination of summer's best produce, this ratatouille-inspired sauce is hearty and full of flavor. Less than 10 ingredients + 30 minutes to make!

Because it’s been scorching hot here I decided to prepare the sauce using one pot on the stovetop. It’s super easy and comes together in less than 30 minutes.

You could also roast the vegetables on a sheet pan if you live somewhere that’s not currently sweltering. Please comment and let me know where you are so I can move there. Thanks. ;)

Ratatouille Pasta Sauce- made with a combination of summer's best produce, this ratatouille-inspired sauce is hearty and full of flavor. Less than 10 ingredients + 30 minutes to make!

Ratatouille Pasta Sauce

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium eggplant, diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 bell peppers, cored and diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 tablespoon herbs de Provence
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper (or to taste)

Directions:

In a large pot, warm 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes, until translucent.

Next add the garlic, eggplant, bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, herbs de Provence, and salt & pepper. Stir to combine then cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until vegetables are tender and tomatoes have burst open. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, bring a separate pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta as directed. 

Once cooked vegetables are cooled down a bit, transfer them to a food processor or a blender and blend until a thick sauce forms. It’s up to you how chunky you would like to leave it. Transfer back to the pot and keep warm over low heat.

Strain cooked pasta and divide into separate bowls. Top with ratatouille sauce, cashew parmesan (optional) and fresh herbs (such as basil). Serve warm and enjoy! 

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