Ratatouille in the Crock Pot

"Hello Vegetarians...here's a crock pot recipe for you. I love ratatouille because it's so versatile and can be used to make a killer pizza, great on pasta or as part of a casserole with chicken and cheese, or how about ratatouille lasagna? I guess I'd better stop brainstorming and write down these recipes to post too!"
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Ready In:
9hrs 30mins




  • Layer half the vegetables in a large crock pot in the following order: onion, eggplant, zucchini, garlic, green peppers, tomatoes.
  • Next sprinkle half the basil, oregano, sugar, parsley, salt and pepper on the veggies.
  • Dot with half of the tomato paste.
  • Repeat layering process with remaining vegetables, spices and tomato paste.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours.
  • Place in serving bowl and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Refrigerate to store.
  • May freeze up to 6 weeks.

Questions & Replies

  1. Do you peel the eggplant?
  2. How thick do I slice the veggies? I've had different people suggest different thicknesses, and I don't want mush or undercooked ingredients.
  3. Can you use Herbs De Provence in place of all the herbs and spices


  1. Wow! What a great recipe! I cleaned out the kitchen sink with this. I added all sorts of fresh veggies I had in the fridge, including green beans, asparagus, celery, poatoes. I went a little overboard and had to press down on the lid of the crock pot to get it to close. It made a lot! I froze quite a bit of the leftovers for future use. So far I have had this with pasta, as a pizza base, and on a toasted baguette as an open faced sandwich. This recipe is so versatile you can so soooo much with it, and it is delicious!
  2. Really liked this. I thought it was a little boring just eating it plain, but it makes the best sandwiches ever. I buttered up some dutch crunch rolls and toasted them in the oven, then melted some mozzarella on one side and added the ratatouille. It was pretty messy because the ratatouille is so juicy, but it was amazing! I think I could eat those sandwiches every day.
  3. My DH & DD loved this recipie. I did have a few additions and two substitution. In place of the fresh tomatoes I used 2 28oz cans of diced, and I added diced celery, carrots and zucchini. I didn't have red pepper flakes so I used chili powder instead. This recipie was a great base to start with and is awsome even without my changes! Thanks so much!
  4. Despite the large number of good reviews I am EXtremely reluctant to try this recipe. My experience in slow cooking vegetables is that all the flavor goes into the cooking liquid and the actual vegetables taste like wet cardboard -- I take that back -- wet cardboard has far more flavor albeit unpleasant.
  5. My whole family loved this! I did makes changes based on some reviews and my own personal taste. Added celery, baby bella mushrooms, red pepper, fennel seed, and some balsamic. I think it would be great with a bit of sherry or maybe some red wine as well. Thank you so much for an easy tasty dinner!


  1. See above review. Excluded green peppers. Replaced sugar with white wine. Added a layer of breadcrumbs between layers.
  2. So yummy! I used a can of fire-roasted organic tomatoes in place of the the fresh ones, replaced 2 of the zucchini with yellow squash, and added a splash of balsamic vinegar while it cooked. The little bit of pepper flakes really gives it a kick, which I loved-- and I didn't use much. (Perhaps the slow cooking process makes them more potent?) I froze half the pot, and the part we ate, we ate it plain, over pasta, and with rice. And I'm still not tired of it! Will DEFINITELY make this one again-- thanks so much for a great recipe.
  3. As to tweaks, I varied the herbs a little, using fresh Basil, and adding some fresh Thyme, And I didn't even think about the red pepper flakes, since if it was hot, it wouldn't be the ratatouille I know and love!
  4. The is the best ratatouille recipe I have tried. Smelled really good as it cooked. I made this with vegetables from my garden and used everything the recipe called for. Plus I added 1 jalapeno pepper and 1 hot Hungarian pepper. And instead of 4 zucchini I used 2 yellow squash and 2 zucchini. Also used 1 T dried parsley instead of 2 T fresh, and 1/2 t red pepper flakes. It came out with a bit of heat just how we like it. Served it over rice. Thank you for sharing this great recipe - Easy and Delicious!
  5. I can't believe I haven't rated this yet, considering how many times I've made it. This is an easy dish with fabulous flavor. I made the following subs: 1 large shallot for the onions, garlic powder instead of fresh garlic (heavy sprinkles), twice as much oregano, skip the red pepper, and I do add the exact amount of sugar listed. Freezes and microwaves well. Very filling, yet light in calories. I love that it is so healthy, too. If I have soy cheese, I sometimes add that when I warm it up. But, it really does not need it. Thanks for posting!!!


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