One of my all time favorite movies is Ratatouille. I can't even count how many times I have watched that movie with Carlie & Dean. So, I decided to finally make the dish. I knew I needed a few items from the grocery store, but the main ingredient I needed was a traditional marinara sauce. When I was at Walmart, I was looking for an original tomato sauce that had no preservatives and quality ingredients which was Franceso Rinaldi Red Sauce. What I like about this sauce is their motto: "Made by Italians!" I love everything that they put into their product and the brand has long family history in the US for over 35 years.
For this recipe I chose to use the Tomato, Garlic, and Onion Red Sauce.
Ratatouille with Franceso Rinaldi
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
1 Jar of Francesco Rinaldi Red Sauce
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 small eggplant trimmed and sliced very thinly
1 zucchini trimmed and sliced very thinly
1 yellow squash trimmed and sliced very thinly
1 red bell pepper cored and sliced very thinly
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1. Cutting the vegetables is the first step. You want to cut each vegetable very thin. Thin enough to be able to stack them together:
2. After all of your vegetables are sliced properly you want to use two tablespoons of your olive oil to grease the bottom of your pan.
3. After your casserole dish is greased with the olive oil, you want to use half of your Francesco Rinaldi Red Sauce on the bottom of the pan. This allows a layer of the red sauce to marinate your vegetables. Make sure to save half of your sauce for the end.
4. After the sauce is spread out evenly on the bottom of the pan you want to take each vegetable and layer them evenly. Zucchini, squash, eggplant, red bell pepper... repeat.
5. Continue each row using the same pattern:
6. There might be remnants left over... if you want you can try and scoot them in there
7. Take the last of your olive oil and sprinkle it over your vegetables and then add some salt and pepper to your liking:
8. Finish off your vegetables with a layer of your delicious Francesco Rinaldi Red Sauce.
9. Bake your Ratouille at 375 for 45 minutes and serve it hot!
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