Are you planning dinner and now thinking about what to serve with ratatouille? We have 17 meal ideas for you to choose from!
Ratatouille is a summer staple of stewed vegetables, thick with eggplant, zucchini and seasoning, initially called a ratatouille niçoise from Southern France.
The traditional recipe is a mix of eggplant, green peppers, squash, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and some meat, contributing to its rich flavor.
Sometimes it’s as simple as a vegetarian/vegan combination of zucchini, tomatoes, onions with a hefty dose of Italian seasonings and salt.
We’ve got the list for you! Ratatouille, in all its sweet vegetable goodness, makes it a perfect pair to a bunch of different dishes.
In fact, we have here 17 meal ideas you can try, like hearty Chicken Souvlaki, creamy, earthy Mushroom Risotto, and a crisp Potato Frittata.
Review our list to see what goes best with your next ratatouille.
Oh, and make sure to check out #17—a tender, juicy entree that brings out the best in ratatouille!
1. White Pizza
If you’re looking for a simple yet delicious leader for your ratatouille, this white pizza would be on top of the list.
You can enjoy a blast of flavors from the creamy ricotta, mozzarella, tangy Pecorino Romano, and fresh basil that will go well with your sweet and peppery ratatouille.
And the best part? You don’t have to make your own dough as this recipe calls for store-bought pizza dough, which can take only 15 minutes to bake!
2. Quinoa Salad
What goes with ratatouille? There’s nothing better than quinoa salad!
This version of the salad is packed with fresh tomatoes, red onion, corn, black beans, cotija cheese, fresh lime, and avocados, giving it a nice flavor and texture fit for your ratatouille.
You can play with the recipe and add or subtract ingredients based on your personal preference.
What’s more, it can be made ahead of time.
Simply chop and prep all the ingredients, store them in the fridge, then just combine when it’s ready to be served!
Making ratatouille is incredibly simple but can be time-consuming to wash, peel, chop and generally prepare everything that goes into it.
That’s why it should be partnered with an easy-to-make side like these glazed carrots!
The best part about this recipe is that it’s made in a microwave (yes, it is), meaning you can escape the hustle and bustle in your kitchen.
Simply peel and cut the carrots, add them into a bowl with glaze, cover then pop them in your microwave. Easy peasy microwave-zy!
I love ratatouille served with a meat entree.
But if I’m craving a hearty meat with my ratatouille, I always opt for this hassle-free entree, Chicken Souvlaki!
For this one, all you need are chicken breasts cut into bite-sized chunks, and a marinade made with fresh lemon juice, Greek seasoning, garlic cloves, olive oil, white wine vinegar, and salt and pepper.
Afterward, you can skewer them up and grill until a lovely char.
These sauteed sweet potatoes are an excellent ratatouille side dish.
Aside from its simplicity, the recipe features a tender texture, which complements the roasted vegetables in ratatouille.
You also need three basic ingredients: sweet potatoes, olive oil, and salt.
However, you can tweak the recipe by including bacon, chili pepper, ginger, garlic, maple syrup, and walnuts.
Made in less than 20 minutes, this cauliflower rice is seasoned with freshly ground black pepper.
It’s quite simple, but the pleasant texture of the small cauliflower grains is sure to blend well with your favorite French stew, ratatouille.
You can also pair them with proteins or add spices, herbs, and vegetables for additional color.
This Jalapeño cheddar cornbread is one of the most underrated ratatouille sides.
If you haven’t tried this combo, you’re missing out big time!
Packed with cornmeal, buttermilk, diced jalapeños, corn, and extra-sharp cheddar cheese, expect a party in your mouth when you take a slice of this hot and buttery cornbread along with ratatouille.
Add more spiciness to the dish by adding a dash of cayenne pepper to the batter.
Chicken and ratatouille are born together, especially this oven-roasted chicken!
The chicken is mixed with onion powder, garlic powder, celery stalks, butter, and lemon then baked in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Let your creativity run wild!
I recommend rubbing different seasonings or spices like minced garlic, cilantro, oregano, thyme, and tarragon.
Another great pair for ratatouille is this mushroom risotto.
It’s bursting with incredible flavors coming from earthy mushrooms, garlic cloves, white wine, garlic powder, cracked black pepper, and shallots.
To give it a bolder flavor and fancy touch, finish the dish with a hint of truffle oil.
10. Vegan Polenta
This version of polenta is suitable for ratatouille lovers as it’s vegan-friendly.
It’s super creamy and ultimately comforting!
Made from four basic ingredients like vegan butter, corn polenta, and salt, and water, this dish also works well with sauteed asparagus, slow-roasted tomatoes, and roasted garlic.
11. French Bread
This French bread will make your ratatouille party hearty and complete.
The dough features sugar, yeast, olive oil, salt, and all-purpose flour—it’s rolled, brushed with egg wash, scored, then popped in the oven until golden brown.
The result? A crispy and golden crust with a soft and chewy inside. Yum!
12. Potato Frittata
In case you didn’t know, Potato Frittata is one of the well-loved Italian recipes that goes with so many dishes, including ratatouille!
Who would believe that a dish made with large potatoes, eggs, parsley, olive oil, and parmesan cheese can elevate your French-inspired ratatouille?
You heard it correctly!
It also requires you only less than 30 minutes to make, which means you can have more time to look after your ratatouille before meal time!
13. Egg Noodles
Craving for a delicious side to go with ratatouille?
There’s arguably nothing better than these egg noodles!
The creaminess of the parmesan cheese perfectly pairs with the smoky flavor of the roasted vegetables.
If you want an additional kick of flavor, consider adding a bouillon cube to the boiling water.
14. Sirloin Steak
Who wants a boring, plain salad when you have this savory and tender sirloin steak for ratatouille!
The steak is seasoned with mustard, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and coated with herb mustard, seared and grilled in less than 20 minutes.
When grilled correctly, you’re going to end up with a tender, succulent, melt-in-your-mouth dish.
Wondering what to eat with ratatouille? Look no further than garlic rice pilaf!
A nifty tip to prepare this deliciously aromatic rice pilaf to toast the rice and spices together, as this brings out the most flavor and best texture of the grain.
Don’t forget to include herbs and spices before cooking the rice in chicken broth.
16. Green Salad
The highlight of this refreshing and colorful green salad is the inclusion of the dressing made from white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, Dijon mustard, and olive oil.
It’s uber-easy to make; you simply need to chop all the greens, prepare the white vinegar-based dressing, then mix, mix, mix!
Sprinkle the salad with parmesan cheese to make it more extraordinary.
Tender, flavorful, and juicy, these grilled lamb chops are unarguably one of the best ratatouille sides you can find on the web.
The lamb chops are marinated in chimichurri sauce primarily made from parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano, red pepper, and vinegar.
Once done, the chops are grilled over medium heat until they get an internal temperature of 140°F.
These grilled lamb chops are then finished with the remaining chimichurri sauce then served with roasted/grilled veggies or cooked rice.
The bottom line
We hope this list answered your question on what to serve with ratatouille.
Chicken souvlaki, sirloin steak, and grilled lamb chops are just a few of the hearty meat entrees you can serve with ratatouille for your friends and family.
Feel free to share with us what ratatouille side or entree you have tried, and what are your thoughts on it.
- White Pizza
- Quinoa Salad
- Glazed Carrots
- Chicken Souvlaki
- Sauteed Sweet Potatoes
- Cauliflower Rice
- Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread
- Oven-roasted Chicken
- Mushroom Risotto
- French bread
- Potato Frittata
- Egg Noodles
- Sirloin Steak
- Garlic Herb Rice Pilaf
- Green Salad
- Grilled Lamb Chops
- Choose three sides on the list.
- Gather the ingredients and start making wonderful kitchen magic!
- Once done, you’ll have great dishes for what to serve with ratatouille.
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