Ratatouille in the microwave

A great way to get veg into kids - and big kids will love it too. Very simple to make - though you need to keep popping back and forth to stir it every five minutes for half an hour or so.

  • Total time: 40mins

Serves: 4


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    1 onion
    1 clove garlic
    2 courgettes
    1 aubergine
    1 red pepper
    1 tin tomatoes
    salt and pepper
    cheat's chilli
    maybe sugar


  1. • Put 2 tbsp olive oil in a large microwaveable bowl. Zap in microwave for 1 minute. Peel and chop a garlic clove and an onion. Add the garlic and onion to the bowl and zap for 4 mins.
  2. • Slice an aubergine, two courgettes, and a red pepper into bite-sized pieces. Open a tin of tomatoes.
  3. • Bung all the above into the bowl, cover with a plate and zap for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes (ie zap for 5 mins, stir, zap another 5 mins, stir, etc). NB: I like to add half a teaspoon of cheat's chilli (the one that comes in a glass jar)
  4. • Take the plate off, and zap again for three lots of 3 minutes, stirring in between as before.
  5. • Taste. If not cooked to your liking zap it some more. You can add a dessertspoon or two of sugar if your tomatoes weren't very ripe.
  6. • Season with salt and pepper. Eat hot or cold. Fab!