Ratatouille is delicious, and it’s so easy to make. It is easily one of our favorites, but when often add sides to the dish to make it a fuller meal. Maybe you’ve come here already asking yourself what to serve with ratatouille? In that case, this list will be your map to success, giving you lots of ideas and sources for making the best ratatouille experience yet!
What is Ratatouille?
Ratatouille is a savory vegetable stew from the French region of Provence. The name is made up of the French words, “rata” which translates to “chunky stew,” and “toullier” which means “to stir up.” Ratatouille is basically a stew filled with vegetables that you will get in the late summer months including eggplant, tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, garlic, and onions, and it has a tomato base.
It is hearty and healthy, filled with nutrients! Depending on how you make it, there can be a lot of oil in the cooking process, and cooking times can range from 30 minutes to multiple hours. If you haven’t made it yet, have a look at a few recipes to find one that works best for you.
Ratatouille is so popular because it’s such a tasty and versatile dish! It can be enjoyed for breakfast with eggs, for lunch with breads, or as a side or main dish for dinner, alongside some other dishes. This list is great because no matter when you’re having ratatouille, there’s something here for you!
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Ratatouille can be enjoyed as a breakfast, by adding your favorite kind of eggs!
Your favorite type of eggs could be poached, fried, or even boiled, but these scrambled eggs are so fluffy and buttery they work so well with the sweet and savory flavors of the tomato and vegetables in ratatouille stew.
I love a good salad with just about any dish. Salad will highlight the freshness of ratatouille vegetables, and these recipes are great as they are so customizable. You can play around with sweet, salty and tangy flavors and make something to suit you!
2. Relish Tray
A relish tray contains a variety of vegetables and salad items that are brined, pickled, or marinated. This recipe contains tangy pickled beets, salty olives, and sour pickles, but you can include your favorites too!
This salad is very light, filled with greens, and has a homemade honey and mustard dressing that is delicious!
Next is the bread or ‘bready’ items that work well with soups and stews. Bread is a great way to make meals more filling, just grab a slice, slather on your butter and let it soak in the juices!
Cornbread goes so well with Ratatouille because the sweet and buttery flavors complement the sweet tomato flavors of the stew so well. Ready in 5 minutes, it’s a must-try recipe!
5. Garlic Knots
These bite-sized bits of heaven are easy to make, and the garlic pairs wonderfully with the mixed vegetables and tomato base of the stew.
Crispy on the outside and oh so soft and fluffy on the inside, this bread loaf is perfect for soups and stews!
Add a kick to your meal with this jalapeño bread. Crusty on the outside, soft on the inside, this bread can pack a punch if you want it to, and works so well with ratatouille for soaking up those stew juices!
Now for meat dishes. These can be made either as a side to ratatouille being the main, or ratatouille can be used within some of these dishes to make them a more substantial main dish.
Italian sausage is a no brainer addition to ratatouille to give it a meaty substance, equally filled with great flavor.
Pork goes so well with ratatouille to make it a more filling meal. This recipe uses a maple balsamic sauce that works so well with the sweet and savory flavors of ratatouille, making it a match made in heaven!
Crisp and crunchy textures make this southern fried chicken so deliciously irresistible! Pair with ratatouille for a rounded meal suitable for the whole family!
11. Roast Chicken
The buttery flavors of this roast chicken are so great with ratatouille, making it a deliciously filling meal fit for a special occasion!
These meatballs are a classic pairing for tomato-based sauces and also pasta, so are perfect for ratatouille to add some meatiness to the vegetable stew. Serve with pasta or salad!
Pasta and other high-carb sides like rice, risotto, and potatoes are next on the list. Each one of these is great for turning Ratatouille into a filling meal, and there’s something for everyone here!
This fresh salad with vegetables, pasta and sliced salami is a filling companion for ratatouille.
Similarly, this pasta with sausage and peppers adds a filling carb and delicious sausage meat to a hearty ratatouille stew.
15. German Spaetzle
German spaetzle is small egg noodle dumplings that go perfectly with hearty beef or vegetable stews.
16. Spaghetti Pasta
Spaghetti is a classic pairing with ratatouille, making it a filling meal the whole family will love!
This creamy baked mac and cheese dish is so flavorful! The intense cheesiness works so well with ratatouille’s vegetables and tomato base, and the dish itself is so easy to make!
Rice is a quick and easy way to make ratatouille into a hearty and satisfying meal. Soaking up all the delicious juices from the stew, you won’t miss a drop of flavor with this side!
Ready in less than 30 minutes, this apple risotto is so easy to make. It’s full of flavor and is a perfect comforting side to raratouille, adding texture and a smoky flavor to your meal with crispy bacon!
These creamy potatoes are mixed with lots of cheese and topped with a crispy, buttery panko topping, and make ratatouille into a hearty comforting meal that everyone will love!
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