500g penne pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 red capsicum, chopped
2 zucchini, sliced
2 slender eggplant, sliced
825g can crushed tomatoes, or 4 chopped tomatoes
1 small bunch fresh basil, leaves pulled apart by hand



Start cooking the penne in a large saucepan of boiling water. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes over medium heat until lightly golden, then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the capsicum and zucchini to the pan, cook, stirring regularly for 2 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add the eggplant and stir to combine. Add the tomatoes to the pan, bring to the boil and reduce the heat to low. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft. Uncover and cook, stirring frequently, for a further 5 minutes, or until thickened slightly. When the pasta is al dente, drain and serve tossed through the ratatouille. Garnish with basil.

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