Ingredients for 4 people: 6 eggs 4 large ripe tomatoes 2 large onions 2 fleshy green peppers 2 medium-sized courgettes 1 red pepper 100g cured ham in small pieces (optional) virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon of sugar salt
Peel the onions; remove the stalks and the seeds from the peppers; scrape some of the peel off the courgettes without actually peeling them and scald the tomatoes to remove the skins. Then cut all these vegetables into cubes. Put a deep frying pan or earthenware dish on the heat. Cover the base with oil and sauté the ham, if you want to add this to the dish. Add the onion and the peppers and lightly fry everything for about 8 minutes, without stopping stirring with the skimming ladle. Add the courgette and, when this is also cooked, add the tomatoes. Mix well and allow the ratatouille to cook over a low heat for about another 20 minutes. Ten minutes before the end, put in a little sugar to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes and salt, to taste.
Serve in a dish, with the eggs fried around it, or in the earthenware dish, with the eggs solidified in the oven. In the latter case, you will have to put the ratatouille in for the last few minutes with the eggs on top until the whites solidify and it is ready to serve.