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Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta With Ratatouille

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Calories: 539
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. After about 20 minutes, 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: 539



  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1 Large garlic clove, cut in 1/2
  • 1 Small eggplant, 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 Medium zucchini, 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 Medium yellow squash, 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 Bell pepper (yellow, red or orange), 1/4-inch thick
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 Large onion, 1/8-inch thick
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 5 Sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed
  • 10-12 Fresh basil leaves, minced


  • 1 cup Stone ground polenta or yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 cups Whole milk
  • 2 cups Chicken or vegetable stock
  • 8 oz Goat cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup Pine nuts, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Prepare an 8x8 baking dish by greasing is with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and rubbing the cut side of the garlic clove all over the bottom and sides, discard.
  2. On a large cutting board, slice all vegetables making them as uniform as possible. Spread the veggies out onto the cutting board and drizzle them with the remaining olive oil and sprinkle them evenly with the garlic powder, salt and pepper, toss to combine.
  3. Layer the prepared baking dish, alternating vegetables until the dish is full or all the veggies are used up. Sprinkle the dish with the thyme leaves.
  4. Cover the baking dish with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 25 minutes, until tender.
  5. When the ratatouille has 25 minutes left, begin the polenta. In a medium saucepan bring the polenta/corn meal, salt, pepper, milk and chicken or veggie stock to a simmer, stirring frequently.
  6. Add 6 oz of the goat cheese and continue to cook, stirring frequently until all liquid is absorbed and the polenta is soft. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. If you like your polenta more soft, continue to add more milk.
  7. To serve, divide polenta into four bowls and top with a generous serving of the ratatouille. Sprinkle with additional goat cheese, the basil and toasted pine nuts, serve immediately.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 539
  • Protein 22 g
  • Carbohydrates 43 g
  • Total Fat 32 g
  • Dietary Fiber 5 g
  • Cholesterol 56 mg
  • sodium 1223 mg
  • Added Sugars 16 g

Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta With Ratatouille

Questions & Reviews

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  • 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!).

  • paloma

    I made this tonight for the family and it was delicious. Only changes were we left out 1/4 of the goat cheese in the polenta to reduce its tartness and I added balsamic to the ratatouille at the end of it baking. I'd love to know what to do about some of the vegetables deciding to steam themselves instead of roasting. Surprisingly this also paired very well with a slow cooked lamb we had from the night before.