Ratatouille hotpot

Ratatouille hotpot

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(50 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins


Serves 4 - 6

A classic French vegetarian casserole, oven-baked with a cheesy potato gratin topping for great texture

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal512
  • fat32g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre8g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.5g


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 red onions, chopped into 2cm dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 red peppers, cut into 2cm dice
  • 3 courgettes cut into 2cm dice
  • 1 aubergine, cut into 2cm dice



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  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 3 potatoes, thinly sliced
  • ¼ nutmeg, grated



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 150ml double cream
  • small bunch basil, chopped



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 85g gruyère (or vegetarian alternative), grated



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  • salad, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a shallow flameproof casserole dish or pan. Add the onions and cook for 2 mins, then tip in the garlic, peppers, courgettes and aubergine. Cook over a medium heat for 10 mins (adding a splash of water if the dish looks dry), until the vegetables are soft.

  2. Stir in the tomatoes and 4 tbsp water. Season well. Cover and leave to bubble gently for 15 mins. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

  3. Meanwhile, tip the potato slices into a bowl. Season with salt, pepper and the nutmeg, then pour over the cream. Toss everything to coat. Remove the casserole dish from the heat and stir in the basil. Lay the potato slices on top of the ratatouille, creating a spiral pattern, then pour over any remaining cream. Place in the oven, uncovered, for 40 mins.

  4. Remove from the oven and increase heat to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Scatter over the cheese and bake for a further 20 mins until golden and bubbling. Serve with salad, if you like.

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chris and geoff
9th Mar, 2020
This is absolutely gorgeous. Did leave out the water as it looked just right. Would definitely serve to veggie guests with meat or fish alongside for others. Can’t wait to do again, scrumptious.
cheese muffin
5th Jun, 2018
this recipe is so good and full of flavor. I am a vegetarian so this is perfect, but even the rest of my family loved this as well who are not vegetarians.
21st Oct, 2016
This has been a regular recipe in my household for years now. Great as weekday comfort food, or as a side dish to impress dinner guests. Love it.
7th Jun, 2016
Fantastic dish absolutely delicious. Even the meat eaters scraped their plates. Used cheddar for the topping as that was available otherwise followed the recipe to the letter A definite make again dish
23rd Jan, 2016
Delicious! I'm just eating a massive bowl of this now, it would probably go well with sausages but actually it's excellent by itself too. I love the creamy topping yet it's packed full of veggies. I swapped the Gruyere for Parmesan but half the quantity and it was perfect. Will definitely make it again.
23rd Jun, 2015
Simply stunning - delicious with roasted sausages. Great for using up courgettes and works well when served warm.
31st Jan, 2015
Tasty dish - found the potato topping lost a bit of the cream in the baking process (which mixed with the ratatouille). Would make again, but experiment further.
16th Nov, 2014
Absolutely love this recipe. You can adjust the quantities slightly depending on what you have in the fridge but the cheese and potato topping lifts this from a good ratatouille to a delicious complete meal.
23rd Sep, 2014
Really loved this, lots tastier than I was expecting, great to get all that veg in the kids, will defiantly do again x
20th Aug, 2014
Delicious! Will probably reduce the water a little next time though as it was a little watery but the potato and cheese topping makes this dish something special.


10th Sep, 2018
Can you freeze this dish ?
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11th Sep, 2018
Thanks for your question. We think this is better served straight from the oven but it is possible to freeze the leftovers.
20th Feb, 2014
Do you leave the potatoes unpeeled?
goodfoodteam's picture
28th Feb, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question. Yes, you can leave the potatoes unpeeled - just give them a quick wash and dry first.
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