Food52's Genius Ratatouille (Microwave Version)

Food52's Genius Ratatouille (Microwave Version)

Enjoy the fresh flavors of summer produce with this genius recipe! The key to cutting the cook time is to chop all of the ingredients in a uniform ½-inch dice. This allows the veggies to cook quickly and evenly. This recipe was adapted from Food52’s Genius Ratatouille by Alice Waters.

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Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

9 mins

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  • cup (110g) eggplant, cut into ½" dice 
  • teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup (60g) diced white onion
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • teaspoon chile flakes
  • ½ cup (60g) sweet pepper, cut into ½" dice
  • cup (160g) summer squash, cut into ½" dice
  • cup (230g) ripe tomatoes, cut into ½" dice
  • ¼ cup chopped basil leaves, divided


  1. Toss the eggplant cubes with a teaspoon of salt. Set the cubes in a colander to drain for about 20 minutes. Pat dry.
  2. Add half of the olive oil and eggplant into the Anyday dish and toss to coat. Cover with the lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until the eggplant has softened.
  3. Add the remaining olive oil, onion, garlic, chili flakes, and salt. Continue cooking for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the pepper, squash, tomatoes,and half of the basil and cook for 6-7 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. 
  5. Fold in the remaining basil and serve warm.

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