Close Close
Mother and Baby


  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation time: 1 hr 15


Ratatouille is a classic vegetable stew which you can serve on its own or as a side dish and the vegetables are easily pureed for your baby

  1. Preheat the oven to 240°C/Gas 9.
  2. Place the peppers, cut sides down, on a layer of foil on a baking tray. Roast for 10 minutes, or until the skin chars and loosens. Lift out carefully, wrap in cling film, and leave to cool.
  3. When cool enough to handle, peel and cut the peppers into strips lengthways. Reserve.
  4. In a pan, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil. Fry the onions over a medium heat, turning, for 5 minutes. Season, add the garlic, thyme, and oregano, and fry for 8–10 minutes, until the onions are soft and golden, then remove.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to the pan and fry the aubergines over a medium heat, turning, for 8–10 minutes, until soft and golden. Drain on kitchen paper.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in another pan, fry the courgettes over a medium heat, turning frequently, for 5-8 minutes, until softened. Spread on a plate lined with kitchen paper.
  7. Wipe the first pan. Heat the remaining oil and add the onions and tomatoes. Stir, then add the peppers, aubergines, and courgettes. Season lightly and stir in the parsley. Moisten with 100ml water. Cover and cook over a low heat for 15-20 minutes. Adjust the season, scatter over the basil, and serve hot or warm.
Mediterranean Cookbook

This recipe is from Mediterranean Cookbook Editor-in-Chief Marie-Pierre Moine (DK, £20)




Blend some of the ratatouille until you have the desired consistency.

Finger Food

Let your baby pick at pieces of aubergine and courgette.
Related content:


No comments have been made yet.

Chinese Gender predictor
Chinese Gender Predictor

Is it a boy or a girl? Tell our tool the month you concieved and how old you are and find out! 

Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby
Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby

Read Dr Pixie's guide to learn how to deal with nappy rash

The Magic Sleepsuit
The secret to a quiet night’s sleep – The Magic Sleepsuit

If you’re little one is struggling to settle now they’ve outgrown the swaddling stage, this could be the answer to your sleep-deprived prayers!

Celebrating parenting's small wins
Celebrating parenting's small wins

As mums, we're constantly told to enjoy every moment; in reality, parenting can sometimes be challenging. That's where small wins come in...

Subscribe to Mother&Baby

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator
Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.
Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week. 

Lemonade Money
It’s time to make sure your loved ones are protected

Every parent knows the importance of planning ahead; from the new school shoes, to your little one’s education, you want to fill their future with hopes and dreams. Yet are you one of the 80% of adults here in the UK that has no life cover?