Ratatouille & parmesan bake

Ratatouille & parmesan bake



  • 1 large aubergine
  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 2 red onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 peppers (any colours), diced
  • 2 large courgettes, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp gluten-free vegetable bouillon
  • 1 thyme sprig, plus a few extra leaves for the top
  • handful basil, stalks chopped, leaves torn and kept separate
  • For the topping
  • 1 large egg
  • 150g pot bio yogurt
  • 15-25g vegetarian parmesan-style cheese, finely grated
  • 2 handfuls rocket, dressed with balsamic vinegar, to serve



Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Cut the aubergine lengthways into long thin slices – once you have six slices, chop the remainder. Brush the slices very lightly with oil, place on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment and cook for 15 mins, turning once, until softened and pliable. Turn oven down to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.


Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the onions until softened. Stir in the chopped aubergine, the peppers, courgettes and garlic, and cook, stirring, for a few mins more. Tip in the tomatoes and a half a can of water, then stir in the bouillon, thyme and basil stalks. Cover and simmer for 20 mins or until tender. You can add up to half a can of water if the mixture is getting too dry. Stir through the basil leaves.


Beat the eggs with the yogurt, cheese and 1 tbsp water. Spoon the remaining ratatouille into a shallow ovenproof dish, top with the aubergine slices, then cover with the yogurt mixture and scatter with thyme. Bake for 10-15 mins until the topping is set and starting to colour. Serve with dressed rocket on the side.