Easy ratatouille with poached eggs

Easy ratatouille with poached eggs

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4
This gutsy one-pot can mostly be prepared in advance - just crack in the eggs at the end

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen without eggs
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal190
  • fat11g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre5g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.36g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 red or orange pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • 2 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 1 aubergine, diced



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 2 courgette, diced



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 4 large egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • handful basil leaves


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion, pepper, garlic and rosemary, then cook for 5 mins, stirring frequently, until the onion has softened. Add the aubergine and courgettes, then cook for 2 mins more.

  2. Add the tomatoes, then fill the can with water, swirl it around and tip into the pan. Bring to the boil, cover, then simmer for 40 mins, uncovering after 20 mins, until reduced and pulpy.

  3. Stir the vinegar into the ratatouille, then make 4 spaces for the eggs. Crack an egg into each hole and season with black pepper. Cover, then cook for 2-5 mins until set as softly or firmly as you like. Scatter over the basil and serve with some crusty bread to mop up the juices.

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Comments (41)

jweg1210's picture

Yeah, OK, but not a patch on huevos rancheros or Delia's Chilli Eggs.

sunsetonibiza's picture

Very nice homely meal, I used 2 cans of tomatos and 2 peppers also sprinkled mature farmhouse cheddar On top, definatly put eggs in and have with crusty bread will definitely make this again! I agree tho That this serves 3 rather than 4

sarahpeara's picture

This was lovely! Easy to make and delicious, I didn't have any rosemary so added chilli flakes instead, making it almost curry like. Not sure why other people have said there attempts turned to mush- all my veg retained shape and texture even upon reheating. Topped with some grated parmesan this is a lovely autumn/winter warmer :) Plus I had forgotten how good poached eggs go with a tomato based dish, also brilliant with daal!

dancingbunny's picture

I made this last night and we both really liked it. Nice vibrant colours and flavours. It was just for two people so I was only going to make 2 eggs but after reading some of the comments I thought I'd make three to be on the safe side and I'm glad I did, we could have easily gone for 4, so if this is your main meal I'd say make 2 eggs each. Would definitely make again!

racheladams82's picture

was nice-nothing special though. I made it for two instead and even skimped out on the corgette and aubergine and there did not seam to be much toms?maybe just had th eheat to high?

marguerite_caunt's picture

I have to agree with Wildbluesun - this was an awful recipe and not deserving of being placed in the Best Recipes booklet. It was a horrible colour, texture and the flavour was bland. I used beautiful fresh organic veggies and eggs and really resented throwing them away because the only thing that tasted good was the crusty baguette.

jackiepiggy's picture

Really loved the flavour of this and was so easy to make! Only criticism is that I feel it definately doesn't serve four - we managed 3 at a push!

wildbluesun's picture

I followed the recipe almost exactly (except for chopping my own tomatoes; I hate canned chopped tomatoes), but didn't even get to the egg-cracking stage. It was the most disgusting looking, disgusting smelling, mass of brown pulped vegetables I have ever seen; I tried a little and it was flavourless with a horrible texture. I don't know why this got so many positive comments; I ended up throwing it away and having scrambled eggs instead (also, it made a horrible mess of my pan).

ladyjas's picture

very tasty...delicious

rebeccalovestocook's picture

Love the look of this! Will try soon.

emmawemma's picture

This was lovely and simple. I didn't include the balsamic ving though. Served with flatbreads and fried potatoes.

martijnz's picture

We thought this dish was alright. Simple to make and obviously very healthy, not very exiting though. Something simple for weekdays. We also had two eggs per person, one is not enough if this is the only course.

imelda's picture

I thought this was absolutely delicious though it would've been even better if I'd managed to have the egg yolks soft. I would definitely cook this again (and again!!)

shantelewing's picture

This is a simple delicious dish. Goes wonderfully with warm garlic bread.

lourogers's picture

We weren't really keen on this one, both felt like we were missing out on something...

schizopear's picture

this was a really lovely ratatouille and the eggs were a great addition. as i made it for just two of us i meant to halve the recipe but in reality just missed out one of the courgettes and two of the eggs... i think that next time an extra egg apiece wouldn't go amiss! warm crusty bread is essential.

sallybeattie's picture

Sorry - forgot the stars for this one!

sallybeattie's picture

This is really tasty. I made it for two and cut the veg down just a little (big eaters!) and we had two eggs each. Served with really nice bread - yummy!

rebloomfield's picture

Quick and easy to make, lovely variety of flavours. Good bread for mopping up is a must, I added more eggs, they really go well together.

imanuelle's picture

Every body loved this version of Ratatouille.
It was very nice with the egge, like a north african omlett.
Lots colors and flavour, I will make that again.


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