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  • Writer's pictureClaire Newton

Plastic Free Recipes: Ratatouille

It can be disheartening to looking into a shopping basket and see so many items wrapped in plastic - but how can we avoid it? In this series we're trying out some recipes where all ingredients can be sourced plastic free, locally!

The first recipe of the series is ratatouille - a French vegetable stew originating in Nice.


  • 2 courgettes

  • Splash of olive oil

  • 600g tinned tomatoes

  • red onion

  • fresh basil

  • splash of balsamic vinegar

  • 400g tinned green lentils (optional)

  • 1 aubergine (optional)

  • brown rice (optional)


  1. Peel and chop the onion

  2. Wash and chop the courgettes into 2cm chunks

  3. Fry the onions in a pan with some olive oil

  4. Once softened, add the courgette and a pinch of salt and pepper

  5. Once browned, add the tinned tomatoes and a splash of balsamic vinegar

  6. Simmer for 25 minutes until courgettes are softened

  7. Add the tinned lentils (optional). I find it adds a bit of protein and extra texture.

  8. Simmer for a further 5 minutes and serve hot with a chunk of crusty bread or brown rice

Most of these ingredients can be found plastic free at supermarkets, but for brown rice and crusty bread you can head to Noel's Farm Shop or Guild Foods Market.

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