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Ratatouille For One

Ratatouille is a tasty, humble, one-pan vegetable stew made with onions, zucchini, a sweet red pepper, tomatoes, and an aromatic bouquet of herbs and spices. You can enjoy this single serving meal on it’s own or consider serving it with chicken or fish.

A bowl of ratatouille topped with grated parmesan cheese on a dark surface with a red and green pepper, two halves of an onion, and scattered garlic cloves

One of my favorite dishes to make is skillet ratatouille. This humble, vegetable-filled dish is a wonderful way to incorporate beautiful produce into your menu.

Ratatouille is not just a popular Disney movie. It is also a traditional French vegetable stew made with zucchini, bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, and herbs.

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The ingredients can vary from recipe to recipe based on the vegetables used. My ratatouille recipe changes from time to time based on the ingredients I have on hand.

Why This Recipe Works

  • This simple skillet ratatouille is full of diced vegetables and a bouquet of aromatic herbs and spices. All of the ingredients cook in one pan for easy cleanup and surprisingly, everything cooks in about 15 minutes.
  • Ratatouille is a hearty and satisfying vegetarian dish. It’s is often served as a main course but can also make a lovely topping to spoon over grilled meats.
  • It’s the meal to make when your garden is overflowing and your kitchen packed with produce.
  • This traditional ratatouille recipe is not fussy. It’s simple and easy. Some ratatouille recipes call for cooking each of the vegetables separately. This easy ratatouille recipe is made in one skillet and all of the vegetables cook together.

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Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil in this ratatouille recipe as well as in every other recipe on One Dish Kitchen that calls for olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form of olive oil. It is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra virgin olive oil is made, it retains more true olive taste. It also contains more of the vitamins and minerals found in olives. It's my favorite type of olive oil to use but you may use a lighter olive oil instead.
  • Vegetables: An onion, garlic, a zucchini, a red pepper, and a tomato.
  • Seasonings: Dried basil, oregano, thyme, salt, and black pepper.
  • Parmesan cheese: For topping.

How To Make This Recipe

This easy ratatouille recipe is made in one skillet and all of the vegetables cook together for about 8 minutes until they are slightly tender.

The vegetables cook in the oil and as they cook, they soften and brown slightly. The aroma from the vegetables will be incredible and will leave you looking forward to eating.

Transfer the ratatouille to a plate and top with parmesan cheese.

Expert Tips

  • This is one of the best ratatouille recipes around. It’s one that can be made with a variety of vegetables. If you don’t have zucchini, feel free to substitute summer squash or eggplant. Green, yellow or orange peppers can be substituted for the red pepper too.
  • Ratatouille is absolutely delicious on its own but you might like to consider adding as a topping to grilled chicken or fish.
A forkful of ratatouille from a bowl with red and green peppers, two halves of an onion, and scattered garlic cloves in the backgroud.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Should I Serve Ratatouille?

I love to eat ratatouille on its own but there are also many other ways to enjoy it:
* Serve over rice, polenta, or quinoa
* Use as a topping for grilled chicken, beef, or fish
* Enjoy with poached eggs
* Toss with pasta
* Fold into an omelette

What Size Skillet Should I Use For A Single Serving Ratatouille?

For this easy ratatouille recipe, I use a 10-inch skillet. For best results, use a pan of similar size.
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Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this ratatouille recipe, you might consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

A closeup of a bowl of ratatouille on a dark surface with a red and green pepper, two halves of an onion, and scattered garlic cloves

Other Vegetarian Recipes

If you like this recipe for skillet ratatouille, you might also like these simple single serving vegetarian recipes:

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Ratatouille For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: French
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegetarian
Keywords: ratatouille, vegetarian
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion , thinly sliced
  • 1 small zucchini , quartered lengthwise, cut into thin slices
  • 1 small red bell pepper , chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Roma tomato , coarsely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, zucchini, red peppers, and salt; cook 8 minutes until vegetables are slightly tender.
  • Stir in tomatoes, garlic, and the spices and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a plate and top with Parmesan cheese.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • This is one of the best ratatouille recipes around. It’s one that can be made with a variety of vegetables. If you don’t have zucchini, feel free to substitute summer squash or eggplant. Green, yellow or orange peppers can be substituted for the red pepper too.
  • Ratatouille is absolutely delicious on its own but you might like to consider adding as a topping to grilled chicken or fish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 662mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3070IU | Vitamin C: 127.6mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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9 thoughts on “Ratatouille For One”

  1. I’ve used many of your recipes and they were good. I’ll try this one; however, no eggplant? I’ll just have to add it in as I can’t imagine this without eggplant. It looks like a simple, easy, and good recipe; but I will add the eggplant.

    1. Eggplant would be a delicious addition. One of the things I love about making ratatouille is that I get to switch up the vegetables based on what is in season or what I currently have on hand. Enjoy!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve wanted to try this for quite some time. Wow was it delicious! Thank you for the great recipe.
    As a single person, I really enjoy the whole Recipes for One collection.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to write to us. We appreciate it so much!
      I’m so happy you enjoyed the ratatouille. I love the idea of adding it to spaghetti squash, what a delicious idea!

      Joanie

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