Ratatouille with Dehydrated Vegetables

Ratatouille with
Dehydrated Vegetables

Ratatouille in a non-stick saucepan

Ratatouille with dehydrated vegetables is a fantastic dish on its own, but serve it with rice or orzo for a satisfying lunch or dinner!

Whether you say "rat-a-too-eee" or "ra-ta-twee" either way it's a super-tasty dish of veggie goodness with a delicious aroma to boot!

Just look how colorful this dish is...

Guaranteed to Make Your Kitchen Smell Like You're on Vacation in Europe!

You can also devour this dish with rice, or orzo shown here.


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Ingredients for Ratatouille with Dehydrated Vegetables

  • 1-1/2 cups dehydrated zucchini (or yellow squash—or combo!)
  • 1/2 cup dehydrated onion rings
  • 1/4 cup dehydrated mushrooms
  • 3 slices dehydrated elephant garlic, crumbled
  •  1 whole fresh eggplant, cubed (I leave the skin on, so wash well first)
  • 10 black olives cut in half
  • boiling water (for dehydrated items)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil salt* and pepper to taste
  • 1 14.5 oz. can small-diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian Herb blend (more or less, to taste)

    NOTE: Optional Orzo, 1 cup

How to Make Ratatouille with Dehydrated Vegetables
and Make Your Kitchen Smell Like You Live In Europe

  1. Use the freshly boiled water to rehydrate the dehydrated items above. Let sit until they have plumped up.
  2. Put oil in a large saucepan, and sauté the eggplant.
  3. Pour off excess water from dehydrated veggies and add the veggies carefully to your saucepan as water can spit in hot oil.
  4. Add 1 cup of vegetable stock and add the Italian seasoning.
  5. Add the sliced olives.
  6. Add the mushrooms.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  8. If adding the orzo, add it in step 4. You may need to add a little more boiled water too, if you find the orzo drinks up your stock too soon. Orzo only needs around 10 minutes to cook—half the time of rice. This, to me, makes this Ratatouille dish like a risotto!

*IF you need to add salt, do so, BUT be careful NOT to over-salt as the bouillon has salt in it.


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As an alternative to the orzo, make some white or brown rice to serve with these vegetables.

This dish smells so good when it is cooking; it fills your kitchen with a very pleasant aroma of the Mediterranean!

Ratatouille with Orzo
Ratatouille with Rice

You can eat this just as a vegetable side dish, but with the addition of rice or orzo, it makes a complete meal.

Our family loves this ratatouille! When you've got leftover rice, remember to put some aside to make this Ratatouille with Rice.

What is Orzo?

a pile of riceORZO: looks yellow and is 'fatter and flatter'
a pile of riceRICE by comparison: is whiter, and looks 'slimmer'

Orzo is a type of pasta that is shaped like a large grain of rice.

Some key facts about Orzo:

  • Orzo comes from the Italian word for "barley" - it resembles a large barley grain.
  • It is made from semolina flour or durum wheat and sometimes eggs.
  • Orzo is commonly grown in Italy, Turkey, Greece, and other Mediterranean countries.
  • The most common variety is about 3mm in diameter, though orzo can range from 2-5mm in size.
  • Orzo has a chewy, nutty flavor and aroma similar to rice or barley.
  • It works well in soups, salads, casseroles, stir-fries, and as a side dish.

To cook Orzo:

  • Bring lightly salted water to a boil and add the orzo. Cook for 7-9 minutes until al dente.
  • Drain and rinse in a colander. From there it can be added to dishes or served on its own with oil or sauce.
  • For 1 cup dry orzo use 4 cups water or broth and salt to taste. Adjust liquid as needed.
  • For more flavor, cook orzo in broth, or tomato sauce, or infuse it with herbs.

Orzo is a versatile Mediterranean wheat pasta shaped like rice that can be prepared similarly to rice or pasta in a variety of dishes. Cook it in boiling salted water until tender.

Why Orzo Cooks Faster than Rice...

'The reason why orzo cooks faster than rice is because orzo is actually a type of pasta, while rice is its own separate grain.

Some key differences that cause the cooking time variance:

  • Pasta is made from wheat flour while rice is made from rice grains.
  • The wheat flour in pasta contains gluten, which gives it a chewy texture. Rice does not contain gluten.
  • Pasta is made with semolina or durum wheat flour which is coarser than all-purpose flour. This coarser flour helps pasta retain its shape better.
  • Rice has higher starch content which requires more time to gelatinize and soften during cooking.
  • Pasta is dried during production which removes more moisture allowing it to cook more quickly. Rice still contains its original moisture.
  • The shapes used for pasta like orzo allow it to cook evenly and quickly. Rice grains are denser and take longer for water to penetrate fully.

Wrap up: Orzo cooks faster than rice because it is made from wheat flour as a type of pasta, giving it properties like high gluten content, coarser flour, and low moisture that enable faster cooking times compared to rice. The composition and production process make pasta quicker to cook than rice.

if you're into gardening...

Coming up are the veggies you'll need to make ratatouille with dehydrated vegetables.

Best Areas to Grow Zucchini

Zucchini is a type of squash that grows on a vine. Zucchini can be green, yellow, or white in color. The best areas to grow zucchini are in an area with full sun and well-drained soil. Zucchini should be watered regularly and should be fertilized every year.

When Are Zucchini Ready to Harvest?

Zucchini is usually ready to harvest in late June or early July. Zucchini can be harvested by hand or with a garden hoe.

What Are the Different Types of Zucchini?

Different varieties of ZucchiniCourtesy of Canva - Registered User

There are many different types of zucchini that you can grow. Some of the most popular varieties include:

  • Black Beauty zucchini
  • Costata Romanesco zucchini
  • Eight Ball zucchini
  • Golden zucchini
  • Ronde de Nice zucchini

Is Yellow Zucchini Also Known as Summer Squash?

Yes, yellow zucchini is also known as summer squash. Summer squash is a type of squash that grows on a vine and has a soft, edible skin. Summer squash can be eaten raw or cooked.

Best Areas to Grow Onions

Onions can be grown in many different areas. The best areas to grow onions are in an area with full sun and well-drained soil. Onions should be watered regularly and should be fertilized every year.

When are Onions Ready to Harvest?

Onions are usually ready to harvest in late June or early July. Onions can be harvested by hand or with a garden hoe.

What are the Different Types of Onions?

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There are many different types of onions that you can grow. Some of the most popular varieties include:

  • Cippolini onions
  • Yellow onions
  • Red onions
  • White onions
  • Sweet onions

Best Areas to Grow Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be grown in many different areas. The best areas to grow mushrooms are in an area with full sun and well-drained soil. Mushrooms should be watered regularly and should be fertilized every year.

They are a type of fungi that come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. They can be found all over the world, growing in both natural and man-made habitats.

Mushrooms are typically grown in dark, humid environments. This is because they need darkness to produce their food, and humidity helps them stay hydrated.

If you’re thinking about growing mushrooms, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Mushrooms need a substrate to grow on. This can be anything from wood chips to straw.
  • Mushrooms also need darkness and high humidity to grow properly. A good way to create this environment is by using a plastic bag or terrarium.
  • Mushrooms typically take about 2-4 weeks to grow from spores to full-sized mushrooms.
  • Harvest your mushrooms when they are big enough to eat. This is typically when the caps are fully open.

If you’re looking for a crop that is relatively easy to grow and can be used in many different recipes, mushrooms are a great option.

When are Mushrooms Ready to Harvest?

Mushrooms are usually ready to harvest in late June or early July. Mushrooms can be harvested by hand or with a garden hoe.

What are the Different Types of Mushrooms?

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There are many different types of mushrooms that you can grow. Some of the most popular varieties include:

  • Button mushrooms
  • Cremini mushrooms
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Oyster mushrooms

How to Grow Mushrooms

Here are some tips for growing mushrooms at home:

  • Choose a mushroom variety that is easiest to grow for beginners, like oyster or button mushrooms. Make sure to purchase mushroom spawn or a grow kit specific to the type you want to grow.
  • Sanitize your growing area and equipment. Mushrooms are very susceptible to contamination so it's important to sterilize any surfaces, tools, and containers you'll use. You can use a weak bleach solution, hydrogen peroxide, or isopropyl alcohol.
  • Prepare a substrate for the mushrooms to grow in. This is usually a nutritious growing medium like composted manure, sawdust, straw, or agar. The substrate provides nutrients for mushrooms to colonize.
  • Introduce mushroom spawn to the substrate. Mix the spawn throughout the substrate following instructions for your variety. The mycelium will start colonizing the substrate.
  • Maintain proper moisture and humidity. Mist the developing mushrooms with water daily to keep the substrate moist. High humidity around 80-90% is also critical.
  • Allow adequate airflow. Mushrooms need oxygen to grow. Avoid compacting the substrate too densely and fan or circulate air daily.
  • Provide proper light. Some light is needed but avoid direct sunlight. Ambient indoor lighting or a grow light works well.
  • Harvest mushrooms when ready. Use a sharp knife to cut mushrooms at the base when they reach maturity.
  • Pick promptly to allow new mushrooms to keep fruiting. Multiple flushes are possible from one substrate.

Follow specific instructions for your mushroom variety and setup for the best results! Patience is key for a successful crop.

Thanks for stopping by ratatouille with dehydrated vegetables and I hope you'll cook some up soon!

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