Summery Ratatouille


In this recipe, abundant summer vegetables and ground pork are simmered together, then baked with cheese. My kids actually eat their veggies! Serve the dish with noodles or rice to make a meal.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
59 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 29 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 bell pepper, diced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large zucchini, cubed

  • 2 medium yellow squash, cut in one-inch cubes

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chopped canned tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ¼ cups crushed crackers

  • 1 ¼ cups grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 (16 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a large casserole dish.

  2. Place the ground pork in a large skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring to crumble, until evenly browned. Remove meat from skillet with a slotted spoon, reserving drippings, and place in a bowl. Add the onion and bell pepper to the skillet, and cook over medium heat until translucent and tender. Place in bowl with the ground pork.

  3. Add the olive oil to the same large skillet, swirling to coat pan. Stir in zucchini, yellow squash, and garlic; cook over medium heat until tender, about 4 minutes. Mix in the tomatoes, parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper; simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes. Stir in the sausage and onions; simmer 5 minutes more.

  4. Mix the cracker crumbs and Parmesan cheese together in a bowl. Set aside.

  5. Spread half the vegetable-sausage mixture over the bottom of the prepared dish. Sprinkle with the mozzarella. Spread remaining vegetable sausage mixture over the cheese. Top evenly with the cracker crumb and Parmesan cheese mixture.

  6. Bake in preheated oven until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

599 Calories
38g Fat
34g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 599
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 48%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 2442mg 106%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 35mg 176%
Calcium 723mg 56%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 686mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.