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main courses | serves 6 as a main, 12 as a side
We like to add extra punch to this summer stew with a dollop of vibrant salsa verde.
1. Preheat the grill to high. Place the aubergine on a baking tray and brush with 1 tablespoon of oil. Grill for 1012 minutes, till golden brown. Turn the slices over, brush with another tablespoon of oil and grill for 58 minutes, until golden.
2. In a large frying pan, heat the remaining oil over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, until they begin to soften and turn golden. Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes, then add the peppers, fennel and courgettes, and cook for 58 minutes until they begin to soften.
3. Use a knife to score a cross into the base of each tomato. Put them in a bowl, cover with boiling water and leave for a minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and peel the skin. Cut the tomatoes in half and remove the seeds with a spoon. Roughly chop the tomatoes and add to the pan, along with the aubergine and herbes de Provence.
4. Lower the heat, cover the pan with a tight lid and simmer gently for 20 minutes or so, until the vegetables are cooked through. Season to taste.
5. To make the salsa verde, use a pestle and mortar to grind the herbs and garlic to a paste, adding a little salt to help the process. (Or blitz in a food processor.) Crush in the capers. Stir in the oil, lemon zest and juice, adding more oil or juice if necessary, to create a flavour and texture you like. Season to taste. Serve the ratatouille in bowls with a spoonful of salsa verde.
Per serving (6, with salsa verde) 282 cals, 21.2g fat (3.1g saturated), 5.2g protein, 13.9 carbs, 9.4g sugars
Recipe Rebecca Rauter
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from Issue 20
ingredients 2 aubergines, cut into 1cm slices
5 tbsp olive oil
2 red onions, finely sliced widthways
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 red peppers, or 1 red and 1 yellow, sliced
1 fennel bulb, sliced
3 large courgettes, cut into 1cm rounds
4 large ripe tomatoes or 1 x 400g tin tomatoes
2 tsp herbes de Provence
Salsa verde (optional)
A small handful each of basil, flat-leaf parsley, coriander and mint, tough stalks removed
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp capers
45 tbsp olive oil
Zest and juice of ½ lemon