Recipe: Pisto Manchego – a Spanish veggie delight

Recipe: Pisto Manchego - a Spanish veggie delight
Pisto Manchego. Photo:
Vegetarians sometimes struggle in meat-loving Spain, but this Spanish ratatouille is a hit for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Pisto is a Spanish vegetable dish from the regions of La Mancha and Murcia. It is often served with a fried egg balanced on top and with crusty bread, and is also often used as a filling for empanadas. 

Luis Valerio from lets us in on his recipe for the Spanish classic. 


Two cloves of garlic

One medium onion

One green bell pepper

One red bell pepper

Olive oil 


One courgette

Three ripe tomatoes 

One tablespoon of sugar 

Four eggs

Pisto is traditionally served with an egg on top. Photo:


Peel and chop garlic cloves.

Peel and chop onion.

Wash green and red peppers, take off stems and seeds and chop.

Place four tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet and heat. When warm add onion, garlic and a pinch of salt and cook over low heat for four to five minutes.

Add the chopped peppers to the large skillet and stir-fry over medium heat for 10 -12 minutes.

Peel and chop the courgette.

Peel and grate tomatoes (a tip to peel off tomatoes easier is to immerse them in boiling water for 15 – 20 seconds).

Add courgette to the skillet and stir-fry over medium heat for two to three minutes more.

Add grated tomatoes, one teaspoon of salt and one tablespoon of sugar to cut the acidity. Cook over a medium heat for five  to seven minutes.


Place half a cup of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan.

Fry cracked eggs over a high heat with a pinch of salt. Do not overcook the yolk and try to get a delicate crunchy white. 

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