Ratatouille is a French dish traditionally made with eggplant, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, and onion. It is often served as a side dish or an appetizer.
The most popular way to serve Ratatouille in the United States is with pasta, but there are many other options for serving it as well.
In this blog post, we will explore some of our favorite ways to serve Ratatouille.
What do you like to eat when you eat Ratatouille? What have been your favorite recipes so far?
Here are 15 side dishes to serve with Ratatouille.
What to Serve with Ratatouille? 15 BEST Side Dishes
Although Ratatouille is a vegetable dish, it can be served with many different dishes, including fish, chicken, and pasta.
When deciding the sides to serve with Ratatouille, consider what you might have as an entrée that will go well together.
1- Pasta Salad
This salad isn’t just for picnics. It has all those flavors you love – pasta, mayonnaise, onion, celery (and maybe even ham) so it helps add a new dimension of taste to your Sloppy Joes.
And it’s as easy to make as any other pasta salad – toss all the ingredients together and add salt.
Moreover, pasta salad is a great dish to serve when you’re expecting people over for lunch or dinner because it’s easy to make and doesn’t require much cooking.
2 – Quinoa salad
For those looking for something light but hearty, quinoa has many nutrients, healthy fats, protein, and fiber, which are great complements to any meal, including Ratatouille.
You can toss it with a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice or add in any other fresh vegetables you may have on hand.
And the best part is, this salad can sit for an hour without getting soggy.
The key is to make sure to cook the quinoa thoroughly before adding it with any other ingredients.
3 – Balsamic Glazed Carrots
These veggies are a classic side dish, perfect for dinner parties and dinners alike.
The balsamic syrup is made from aged vinegar, so they’re not as tarts as red wine or apple cider vinegar.
It’s sweet but still acidic, which will balance out the earthiness of Ratatouille perfectly.
These carrots taste great at room temperature, so you can make them early in the day if need be.
Also, they’re ready in less than 15 minutes, perfect for a busy day.
4 – Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic
These potatoes are a delicious and easy side dish that’s perfect for any time of year.
The garlic adds excellent flavor to the spuds, making them especially tasty.
They’re roasted with fresh rosemary and olive oil, so they’ll be crispy on the outside but soft in the middle – you can’t go wrong with this one.
It’s easy to double the recipe if you have a hungry family.
5 – Sauteed Spinach with Garlic
This is my favorite way to serve spinach – after all, it’s hard to mess up when you sauté in garlic.
But, you can still enjoy the earthy taste of this green vegetable while adding a little zing from raw cloves.
And did I mention that they’re ready in less than five minutes?
Ideal for those busy weeknights where dinner needs to happen fast and effortlessly.
If you don’t like vegetables as much as our family does, make sure to have other healthy options at the dinner table.
Roasted brussels sprouts and broccoli are also good choices that will please even pickier eaters.
6 – Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon
I love this soup. It’s so comforting with its rich, velvety texture and smoky bacon flavor.
This is the perfect dish for those nights when you don’t want to get too creative in the kitchen but still need something healthy, hearty, and satisfying on your plate – all without spending hours cooking.
The best part? In less than 35 minutes, you’ll have a pot full of delicious soup to enjoy with your family.
7 – Chickpea Casserole
You don’t have to make a vegan casserole by substituting tofu or other non-dairy products – enjoy it as traditionally prepared with lots of cheese mixed throughout instead.
There are many variations out there, but this one is my favorite.
It’s comforting, hearty, gooey, and just plain satisfying – the perfect dish to serve when you’re craving a little comfort food.
This recipe has been in our family for years, and it never disappoints.
8 – Potato Leek Chowder
This soup is traditionally made with bacon, but go ahead and replace it with a vegan substitute if you need to. It’s still just as delicious.
The leeks are the critical ingredient in this hearty dish – they give it that salty dumpling taste from shrimp or clam chowder without any of the guilt.
The potatoes make for an earthy base that complements all of those flavors nicely too.
You can also vary this recipe with different vegetables to suit your needs.
9 – Fried Polenta
It’s one of Italy’s classic dishes, and it can be used as a side dish or even an appetizer.
The polenta is cooked in liquid with butter, garlic, salt, and pepper on the stovetop until creamy, then cooled off before frying to crispy perfection.
If you want to make it a heartier dish, you can add some cheese or meat to the polenta before frying for that extra kick of protein.
10 – Garlic Breadsticks
Everyone knows that garlic bread is a perfect side dish for any Italian meal.
But sometimes, you want the crunch and the flavor on their own with just some butter or olive oil to spread over them.
These are made using baguette dough, so they’re hearty but not too bready, plus it’s double-brushed with softened butter and fresh chopped garlic, which gives this recipe its name.
Together, they’re an easy way to dress up any simple dish.
11 – Sautéed Mushrooms in White Wine
This recipe is a classic and the perfect way to serve mushrooms.
All it takes are some white wine, butter or olive oil, garlic cloves, and salt for flavor, and you’re good to go.
You can use any mushroom, but I recommend crimini because they tend to be larger than other varieties like baby Bellas, so there’s more room for marinating in that delicious sauce, which makes them sweeter with an earthy richness when sautéed just right.
The white wine adds a tangy brightness to the mix, along with a touch of acidity.
12 – Asparagus With Cheese Sauce
Sometimes all you need is something simple but still satisfying at dinner time. This dish has just five ingredients: asparagus spears, cream cheese (or vegan equivalent), milk, flour, plus optional bacon bits if desired topped off with a sprinkle of chopped chives.
So whether you’re a vegan who misses cheesy goodness or just someone looking for something light and easy, this is the dish to turn to.
13 – Baked Beans with Bacon
A popular dish in North America usually refers specifically to baked beans cooked together with pork meat (bacon), molasses, ketchup, brown sugar, and salt.
The beans are first boiled until they reach tenderness before being topped off with the ingredients listed above, which all get simmered on low heat for about half an hour more. Some recipes even include onions.
Bacon bits are also a popular addition, giving the beans some extra flavor. This recipe is so versatile that it can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
14 – Potato Salad with Egg and Bacon
This salad will be a crowd-pleaser, no matter what time of year.
The dish starts by boiling potatoes in water until they are cooked through before letting them cool down a bit in cold water (to avoid mushiness).
Meanwhile, you’ll have chopped up bacon into small pieces as well as boiled eggs.
Next, these ingredients get mixed with mayonnaise as the base sauce.
After mixing this all together, sprinkle on some chives and add salt and pepper if desired.
This salad will taste great, either warm or cold. Your guest will love this dish.
15 – Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
A perfect starter dish for any dinner party, these stuffed mushrooms are a delicious and hearty appetizer.
The recipe starts by cutting the stems off of mushroom caps before stuffing them with your favorite Italian sausage (cooked) along with some onion and garlic cloves.
Bake in an oven at 350 degrees until tender to preference – about 20 minutes or so if you want it slightly crispy on top as well.
You can also mix fresh parsley, salt/pepper flakes, feta cheese crumbles, olive oil, and lemon juice to make a tangy dip which will complement this dish perfectly.
Sure, this dish takes a little more time, but it is worth all the effort.
The Ratatouille dish is a staple in most French households.
This vegetable-based dinner can be served with many different side dishes, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you to try.
Consider trying these 15 sides when serving your next meal featuring Ratatouille. You may discover your new favorite side dish or two.
What are your go-to sides for Ratatouille? Please share them with us below in the comments section.