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Slow Cooker Ratatouille Pasta

Slow Cooker Ratatouille Pasta ~ The iconic French stewed vegetable dish merges with its Italian neighbor creating a simple, yet hearty and full flavored dinner, all done in the slow cooker.Slow Cooker Ratatouille Pasta ~ The iconic French stewed vegetable dish merges with its Italian neighbor creating a simple, yet hearty and full flavored dinner, all done in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist adAugust is one of those tricky months for me. Growing up, it was the height of summer; school didn’t resume until the Thursday after Labor Day. However, when I went to college, it was the end of summer, with classes resuming somewhere in the third week of the month. Now, college is behind me (probably, but I’ll never say never) and I have a child in elementary school. That last statement is still a bit of shocker for me. She goes back the same time I used to return to college.

This year particularly, it seems really early. I know it’s just how the days of the month fell this year. There is a feeling, or a false sense, of changing seasons for me right now. Fall is nowhere in sight. My town in Northern Utah has had an unusual amount of 90°+ heat for awhile now with no signs of cooling off. It’s only the first half of August, so summer is technically still in full swing, yet there is this feeling of Fall being in the air.Slow Cooker Ratatouille Pasta ~ The iconic French stewed vegetable dish merges with its Italian neighbor creating a simple, yet hearty and full flavored dinner, all done in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist adOnce school resumes, so does homework. There may even be after school activities to contend with. I think she’s ready to take up some sort of sport, music, or dance practice/lessons. I can only fit one in our schedule and budget, so we must pick the right one for her. Left to her, she wants to do everything, but that’s not realistic. I’m leaning towards a sport. I’m not known for my athleticism and would like her to not follow in my footsteps that way. She’s more inclined towards dance. It might end up being a coin toss, as I’ve heard that’s a great way to make big decisions.

As I’m mentally transitioning to the Fall, my dinner needs are going to shift as well, especially once we pick an activity. For those nights that are bit busier, I will need options that are easy and quick, yet still nutritious. Of course, I will still have the meals I create for TCS, but I don’t ‘blog cook’ every day. Those off days need options that are healthy and delicious.

Slow Cooker Ratatouille Pasta ~ The iconic French stewed vegetable dish merges with its Italian neighbor creating a simple, yet hearty and full flavored dinner, all done in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist adI may have Fall on the brain, but summer produce is still bounteous. Whether fresh from friends’ gardens, my Gardener’s Market, or my local grocery store, the produce all looks fantastic. I had assembled a nice array of produce without much idea what I was going to do with it. I realized I had pretty much all the makings for the classic provencal French dish ratatouille. That same day, the opportunity to partner with Ragu occurred, and I had an idea.
Why not take my ratatouille ingredients, my Ragu sauce, add some pasta, let them all hang out in a slow cooker, and see what happens. Voila, Slow Cooker Ratatouille Pasta became a thing, in my household at least. After it was all assembled in the slow cooker, I left to run an errand and get Elizabeth from day care. When I got home a couple of hours later, the house smelled amazing. Waiting to take pictures before I could eat it was going to be difficult.
Slow Cooker Ratatouille Pasta ~ The iconic French stewed vegetable dish merges with its Italian neighbor creating a simple, yet hearty and full flavored dinner, all done in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist adAnd I might have sampled it a bit before the pictures anyway. It was absolutely amazing, deserving of the name Homestyle. I chose the Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic sauce. The combination of the veggies and sauce, with a few additional herbs resulted in a meal I will be making again. The prep time, which was mainly chopping the veggies, took about 20minutes. This cooked on low for about 4 hours, stirring once around 2 hours in, that’s it. It was ready to serve, or almost ready if you want to add a garnish like fresh grated cheese and/or parsley. I did both.
RAGÚ Homestyle Sauces are great when you need a helping hand in the kitchen. They don’t use artificial flavors, artificial colors or high fructose corn syrup, which is important to me. Plus the sauce is nice and thick, clinging to the pasta and vegetables.
Slow Cooker Ratatouille Pasta ~ The iconic French stewed vegetable dish merges with its Italian neighbor creating a simple, yet hearty and full flavored dinner, all done in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist adSlow Cooker Ratatouille Pasta ~ The iconic French stewed vegetable dish merges with its Italian neighbor creating a simple, yet hearty and full flavored dinner, all done in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist ad

Slow Cooker Ratatouille Pasta

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings; apx
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Slow Cooker Ratatouille Pasta ~ The iconic French stewed vegetable dish merges with its Italian neighbor creating a simple, yet hearty and full flavored dinner, all done in the slow cooker.
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cubed eggplant (about 1 medium sized)
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced and halved zucchini (about 2 store bought sized)
  • 2 medium bell peppers; chopped (red and green, but any will do)
  • 1 garlic clove; minced/grated
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil
  • 10 oz dried pasta (penne, rigatoni, shells, bowties)
  • 2-23 oz jars Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic sauce
  • 2 cups broth (vegetable to keep it vegetarian/vegan, otherwise chicken will do)

Optional Garnish

  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated pecorino or parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Prep the vegetables and add them to the slow cooker.
  2. Add the dried pasta on top of the veggies.
  3. Sprinkle the basil in over the pasta.
  4. Pour both jars of sauce over the pasta, taking care to cover the pasta and allow it to filter down into the 'cracks' to the vegetables.
  5. Add the broth.
  6. Replace the lid, turn onto low and cook for 2 hours.
  7. After two hours, stir well, mixing everything together.
  8. Replace the lid and cook an additional 2 hours or until the pasta is done and ready to serve.
  9. Serve and if using the optional garnishes, sprinkle them over each portion and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Cooking times will vary based on your own slow cooker, so adjust the time accordingly.
 Slow Cooker Ratatouille Pasta ~ The iconic French stewed vegetable dish merges with its Italian neighbor creating a simple, yet hearty and full flavored dinner, all done in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist adAfter you’ve tried this Slow Cooker Ratatouille Pasta with Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic sauce, which sauce would you like to try next? You can Ragu’s variety HERE. On their website, you can find many recipes to try or even to help get your own creative juices flowing.
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  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)
    August 8, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I love that you made this in a slow cooker!

  • Amanda | The Chunky Chef
    August 8, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Such a great slow cooker meal… and I’m in LOVE with that roasted garlic homestyle sauce!!

  • cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling
    August 8, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I love this marriage of flavors! Such a perfect dinner!

  • Joanie @ ZagLeft
    August 9, 2016 at 5:53 am

    My daughter is gearing up for school now too and it seems like summer is coming to a close so quickly this year. We’ll still have hot temperatures well into October most likely. I love how easy this ratatouille comes together. You can’t beat meals in the slow cooker for simplicity and I love all the flavors here.

  • Megan Marlowe
    August 9, 2016 at 7:10 am

    I can never have enough slow cooker recipes in my life and this one looks absolutely delicious!

  • carrie @ frugal foodie mama
    August 9, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Slow cooker meals are my go-to for both summer & back to school! Love all the veggies in this! 🙂

  • Krista
    August 9, 2016 at 11:27 am

    This looks amazing! I love that it was made in a crock pot!

  • kallee
    August 9, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I love meals in cooked in the slow cooker! This one looks amazing and so full of veggies!

  • Theresa Sutton
    August 9, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    This looks so delicious! I can not wait to give it a try.

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