Picture this scene: The sun is starting to set and you’re hanging out around the campfire. You casually chop up some vegetables, set your Dutch oven over the coals, saute an onion and some garlic, then dump the rest of your vegetables in with a can of tomatoes. You cover it with coals and then go back to hanging out. Then, maybe about an hour later, you go back to the Dutch oven and uncover it. That whole time you were relaxing, enjoying yourself, and NOT actively cooking, you were also making a super flavorful ratatouille!

Dutch Oven Ratatouille
Serves 2 as a main / 4 as a side
1 hr

1 yellow onion
3 cloves garlic
2 medium zucchini
2 medium yellow summer squash
1 small eggplant
1 tablespoon oil
14 oz. canned San Marzano tomatoes (whole or crushed)
1 teaspoon salt
Basil, to garnish

Prepare your coals by 23 charcoal briquettes and let them burn until spotted grey. Alternatively, start a campfire and let it burn down to hot embers.

Prep the vegetables: Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Cut the zucchini, squash, and eggplant into 1-inch cubes.

Heat the oil in a 10” Dutch oven over a bed of prepared coals. Add the onion and saute until starting to soften. Add the garlic and saute 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the tomatoes with the juices, using your spoon to crush the tomatoes if they are whole. Add the zucchini, squash, eggplant, and salt and stir to combine.

Cover the Dutch oven and place 16 coals on the lid (you’re aiming for about 375F). Cook for 45 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.

Serve in bowls as a vegan main, or as a side for grilled chicken, steaks or fish.

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