Ratatouille crumble

This fabulous savoury crumble from Trish Deseine is packed with healthy Mediterranean vegetables
By Trish Deseine
Ratatouille crumble
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  • Serves: 4
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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 aubergine, cubed
  • 1 red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 green pepper, cut into strips
  • 3 courgettes, cubed
  • 1 kg tomatoes, skinned and de-seeded, or 1 x 400g jar passata
  • sprigs thyme
  • sprigs rosemary

For the crumble topping

  • 100 g chilled salted butter, finely diced
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 80 g parmesan, grated
  • 50 g pine kernels, toasted
  • green salad, to serve (optional)

Method

1. For the ratatouille: heat the olive oil in a large heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onion and garlic for 5 minutes until softened.

2. Tip in the aubergine and red and green peppers and fry for 5 minutes until softened then stir in the courgettes, tomatoes and herbs and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are very soft.

3. For the crumble: while the ratatouille is cooking, preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4.

4. Tip the butter, flour and parmesan into a food processor and pulse until you have a mixture resembling breadcrumbs (alternatively rub the butter into the flour and parmesan in a bowl using your fingers). Stir in the pine nuts and season with freshly ground black pepper.

5. When the ratatouille is ready, pour it into a gratin dish and sprinkle over the crumble mixture. Transfer to the oven and cook for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden and crisp.

6. Serve hot or warm, with a crisp green salad, or as an accompaniment to roast lamb, chicken or fish.

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