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Spanish Pisto Manchego in a bowl with spoon and cheese on top

Pisto Manchego (Spanish Ratatouille)

Course: Side Dish, Tapas
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 232kcal
Author: Edyta
Pisto Manchego is a classic Spanish dish that incorporates fresh Mediterranean vegetables like peppers, onions, tomatoes, croquettes (zucchini ) and sometimes even eggplant. It is simmered on low and slowly in a tomato olive oil sauce, and it can be served with shaved cheese, cured ham or fried egg. Sometimes it is called  Spanish ratatouille. 
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  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil Extra Virgin to sautee veggies
  • 1/2 Vidalia Onion Or Small Spanish Onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic Peeled and chopped
  • 2 Zucchini Medium size, cut into small cubes
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Cut into small cubes
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper Cut into small cubes
  • 8 Tomatoes Medium size like "on the wine" or "Roma", peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp Sherry Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Spanish Smoked Paprika Optional, for a little heat and smoky flavor
  • 1 tbsp Shaved Manchego Cheese Optional
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil To drizzle on finished - optional
  • Fresh Chopped Parsley to Garnish


  • Bring a pot of water to boil. Add tomatoes and leave them for 2-3 minutes until the skin starts to break. Remove to a colander and let cool off. Then peel the skin and chop your tomatoes.
  • Preheat olive oil in a dutch oven or another heavy pan with the lid, on a moderate heat. Then saute onions for 5 minutes, uncovered.
  • Add chopped garlic and saute for few more minutes.
  • Add peppers and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low, add zucchini and tomatoes, a little bit of salt and pepper and put the lid on. Let cook covered for about 30 minutes, stirring it occasionally.
  • Check for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper as needed. Add smoked paprika, if using, sherry vinegare, and mix all together.
  • Place it in a serving bowl, drizzle extra virgin olive oil, shave over some Manchego Cheese, sprinkle on some parsley and serve with bread. Enjoy!


Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 1012mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 3324IU | Vitamin C: 116mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg