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Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta With Ratatouille

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  45 min
  • Calories: 513
Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta With Ratatouille pine nuts and basil

Ratatouille—a classic combination of late summer vegetables, cooked to tender perfection—is an ideal partner for creamy goat cheese polenta. Together, they’re the vegetarian dinner of your dreams!

How To Up Your Meatless Monday Game: Ratatouille with Polenta

Classic French ratatouille sounds fancy, but is actually a simple, lovely way of cooking vegetables that are all in season at the same time together in a single plan. We’ve long been fans of ratatouille—particularly of our own easy ratatouille recipe—but we became ratatouille fanatics when we started serving it atop bowls of super creamy, cheesy goat cheese polenta. Together, they make a dinner that’s at once hearty and warming, fresh and oh-so-flavorful.

vegetables for ratatouille eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, Roma tomatoes  bell peppers thyme

What Exactly Is Ratatouille?

Ratatouille is a classic French Provençal stew that’s inherently vegetarian, and wonderfully rich. Traditional ratatouille ingredients are a celebration of late summer-early autumn garden bounty: eggplants, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, peppers. They’re cooked slowly, with olive oil and sometimes a few carefully chosen herbs—we’re using garlic, basil and thyme—until they’re almost meltingly tender, and all the flavors of mingled and merged into one cohesive, summery stew-casserole hybrid.

How to Make Ratatouille

Some ratatouille recipes call for you to prep and cook the eggplants, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, pepper each separately at first, but we’re all about simplification—as you know—so we say you can just go ahead and cook them all at the same time. Just be sure to slice the vegetables into pieces that are all roughly the same size before you arrange and bake the ratatouille, so that they cook at the same rate. Other than that little shortcut, though, our slow-roasted ratatouille recipe is as classic as can be. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Slice the eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, onions and zucchini.
  2. Arrange the slices vertically in your dish—alternating the veggies until the dish is full. Is it weird that we think of this as the fun part? Season and drizzle with oil
  3. Bake! 375° F for 45 minutes.
  4. Start on the polenta by bringing the bring the cornmeal, salt, pepper, milk and stock to a simmer. Once it’s simmering, add the goat cheese.
  5. Serve! Polenta goes into big bowls, and top each bowl with a generous serving of the ratatouille, remaining goat cheese, pine nuts and fresh basil.
Ratatouille in a baking dish with a striped linen

What Do You Serve Ratatouille With? We’d Like You To Meet Our Friend, Cheesy Polenta

We’ve talked it up enough by now, you’re probably itching to know more about this cheesy polenta thing, right? Polenta is a classic partner for ratatouille—it makes a sunny, warm, delicious bed for all that veggie goodness, and we’ve made it even more flavorful and fabulous by adding goat cheese. It doesn’t just add creaminess, goat cheese also adds a hint of tangy sharpness that is a terrific compliment to the smooth richness of the polenta and slow-roasted tenderness of the ratatouille. Plus, other than salt and pepper, it only has four ingredients:

  • Polenta (vegetable or chicken)
  • Stock
  • Whole milk
  • Goat cheese
Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta With Ratatouille toasted pine nuts and basil

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Ratatouille—Not Just A Movie!

Sometimes the very best meals come from just using what you have in your kitchen and your garden, and thinking a little outside the box. This ratatouille with polenta is proof of that. We’d love to hear about your favorite creations that were born from using what you had on hand! Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta With Ratatouille

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  45 min
  • Calories: 513

Ingredients

Ratatouille

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 1 small globe eggplant, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 yellow, red, or orange bell pepper cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed

Polenta

  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups whole milk, plus more as needed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups stone-ground polenta or yellow cornmeal
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 10 to 12 fresh basil leaves, minced

Method

  1. Make the ratatouille. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and rub the cut sides of the garlic clove all over the bottom and sides. Discard the garlic clove.

  2. On a clean work surface, spread out the eggplant, zucchini, squash, bell pepper, tomato, and onion. Drizzle them with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper to taste. Toss to coat well.

  3. Transfer the veggies to the prepared baking dish.. Scatter on the thyme leaves.

  4. Cover. and bake for 20 minutes, then uncover and continue baking until the vegetables are tender, about 25 more minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, make the polenta. In a medium pan, combine the stock, milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and slowly whisk in the polenta.

  6. Cook, stirring often, until the polenta begins to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes.

  7. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in 6 ounces of the goat cheese. If you'd like the polenta a bit thinner, stir in a bit more milk.

  8. To serve, divide the polenta evenly among six bowls and spoon on a generous serving of the ratatouille. Top with additional goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, and basil. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories513
  • Protein18 g
  • Carbohydrates56 g
  • Total Fat25 g
  • Dietary Fiber8 g
  • Cholesterol45 mg
  • sodium1213 mg
  • Total Sugars12 g

Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta With Ratatouille

Questions & Reviews

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  • Lori Zengel

    This looks wonderful and plan on making it tonight. Fist time making polenta...curious how to treat leftovers? Many thanks!

    You can add in a small amount of water, stock, or milk if necessary and beat in with a whisk until liquid is fully incorporated and no lumps remain. Hope you enjoy Lori!

  • Kristen Addington

    Turned out awesome with cornmeal, as I couldn't find Polenta anywhere. Highly recommend the cornmeal version :)

    Sounds great!

  • Katherine Reisinger

    Hi there - my grocery store only has pre-cooked polenta. Can I still cook with the chkn stock and milk/goat cheese to add flavor?

    Hi Katherine! Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like that would work. However, if your grocery store stocks regular old cornmeal, that would work in place of the polenta! Cornmeal and polenta are essentially the same thing (sometimes the coarseness of the grain is slightly different, but it'll work!).

  • Eric Besh

    I made this for my girlfriend because I am wanting to explore creative vegetarian recipes for her. I guess I bought precooked polenta and didn’t realize that I bought the wrong thing until I read the questions down here. However, I used the precooked polenta instructions in order to make it creamy with milk or broth, and I added the goat cheese into that. I personally don’t like most of the vegetables in this dish, but my girlfriend loved it.

    Glad you were able to make it work Eric and so happy your girlfriend loved it!

  • vivian

    this was delicious, although my eggpant didn't cook through :(. I cut it very thin, so I think next time I would precook the eggplant. The whole idea, though, is lovely, and so comforting. Thanks for a good recipe!

    Thanks Vivian, so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Sorry to hear about the eggplant.

  • Jenn

    Oh yum! The goat cheese is so wonderful in this!

    Thanks Jenn!

  • Katie M

    I very much liked this a recipe a lot! I sauteed the ratatouille ingredients instead of baking, but the flavor was superb. I love a good creamy polenta and goat cheese is perfect. Would make again!

    Thanks Katie, we are so glad you loved it!

  • Sara G

    We made this for dinner and my picky teenagers ate it. I am so happy with this meal and I will certainly be making it for our next dinner party. Thank you!

    That's so great Sara! Love that the teens ate it!