Brightly flavored and fragrant, this traditional French stew makes the most of an abundance of produce. Zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes are simmered until they break down into a chunky stew. This is a simple but deceptively hearty dish, entirely worthy of a movie.

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Product Size

  • Small Dish
  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

9-10 mins

Free Time

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) tomato paste
  • ¼ small onion (30g), finely chopped
  • ¼ red bell pepper (30g), deseeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup (60g) zucchini, diced
  • ½ cup (40g) eggplant, diced
  • 2 small roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon dry or fresh thyme leaves
  • 10 basil leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Place the olive oil, tomato paste, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in the Anyday dish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave for 3-4 minutes, or until vegetables are soft.
  3. Add the zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, thyme, salt, and pepper and toss well to coat.
  4. Cover and cook for 6 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft when pierced with a fork.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with basil.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add some chili flakes for a spicy twist.
  • Substitute tomato paste for marinara sauce for a more saucy dish.
  • Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the vegetables for some tang. 
  • Add black kalamata or nicoise olives after cooking for a briny touch. 
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.