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Ratatouille

What you need: 

1 (20 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 onions, sliced thinly
3 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil, as needed
1 medium eggplant, cubed small (salted, if desired)
2 green peppers, cubed small
2 red peppers, cubed small
2 small/medium zucchini, cubed small
2 cups mushrooms (10-12 regular white), cubed small
1 1/2 teaspoons thyme
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons parsley
1 cup crushed tomatoes

What you do: 

1. Empty can of diced tomatoes into medium sauce pan. Simmer on low/medium heat to cook down. Stir every 5 minutes or so. In large pot, add 2 tablespoons oil, onions and garlic. Cook on low heat, stirring frequently so they don't burn.
2. In a pan, add 2 tablespoons oil and eggplant. Cook until browned and slightly tender. Transfer to the large pot with onions and stir.Place the green and red pepper into the now empty pan for about 10 minutes, with lid on. Add more oil if needed, but these will cook in their own juice if you leave the lid on. When finished, transfer to the large pot and stir.
3. Add the zucchini to the pan; add more oil. Cook until browned on each side. Transfer to the large pot, and stir. Add mushrooms to the pan and cover. These won't need additional oil as mushrooms create their own juice to cook in. Cook for about 5 minutes, then transfer to large pot with the juice in the pan, and stir.
4. Add thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper to the pot and stir. Raise heat to medium. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. I break the bay leaves in 2 or 3 pieces to release more flavor.
5. Add diced tomatoes to the large pot and stir. Add parsley and crushed tomatoes and stir. Cover and cook for another 20-30 minutes, or until eggplant is tender. Remove bay leaves, adjust seasonings to taste, and enjoy.
When frying the veggies individually on the side, be sure to do the hardest ones first, so they have a longer cooking time, and so the softer veggies don't turn to mush.
Source of recipe: I had a fridge full of veggies, and an empty belly, and this is what I came up with.

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes, Cooking time: 1 1/2 hours
Cooking Time: 
1 1/2 hours
Servings: 
6-8

SO HOW'D IT GO?

DELICIOUS!  I added some squash and oregano and I found that by the time I sauteed each of the veggies individually, it only needed to simmer for 5-10 minutes at the end.  I also used only fresh tomatoes (about 3 cups diced), which I simmered while I was preparing the other veggies.  This is a great recipe with lots of color and flavor!

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This was really good. My family loved it! I didnt have any mushrooms and I added a couple medium yellow squash and used a quart of home canned tomatoes. Very filling.

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