For those of you who are not familiar with this Pisto Manchego Tapa Recipe, I will tell you that this is a typical vegan dish original from Castilla La Mancha (Spain). Yes, the region where the delicious Spanish Manchego cheese comes from and also the region that gives name to one of the most famous gentleman from the Spanish literature: Don Quixote of La Mancha (by Miguel de Cervantes).
The pisto Manchego is a stew made of tomatoes, garlic, onions, red and green peppers, zucchini (some people add also eggplant) and, obviously, an ingredient that you can never miss in the Mediterranean diet: the extra virgin olive oil.
At home we like to serve it warm usually accompanied by poached potatoes and sometimes with a fried egg. It is perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner and it also makes a perfect Tapa when served in small portions.
This recipe is vegan, gluten free and dairy free.
Serves 4 people or makes 16 small tapas
– 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
– 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely minced
– 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
– 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
– 1 green bell pepper, cored and diced
– 1 zucchini, diced
– ½ tsp pimentón de la vera (Spanish Paprika)
– 6 medium tomatoes, peeled and diced
– 1 tbsp sea salt (or salt to taste)
1. Have all the vegetables well washed and prepared as indicated in the ingredients description.
2. In a frying pan with lid, heat olive oil (2 tablespoons), add the garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute until lightly golden. Add then the onion, red and green bell peppers and a pinch of salt and stir-fry over medium heat for around 5 minutes until soft but not brown. Add the zucchini and stir for one more minute.
3. Reduce heat to low. Add the ½ teaspoon Pimentón de la Vera (Spanish Paprika) and the tomatoes and a tablespoon salt and stir. Leave to cook, covered with a lid, at a medium-low heat for approximately 15 minutes stirring from time to time. And remove from the heat.
4. Serve the pisto warm.
I am Margarita Ribot, the cook, photographer and blogger behind Tasty Mediterraneo, a vegetarian food blog where I share healthy, simple and affordable recipes from the Mediterranean cuisine. I grew up in Spain enjoying the healthy Mediterranean diet and lifestyle and I am passionate about healthy eating and cooking Mediterranean recipes.
With the hectic lives that we lead in today’s society, many people are far from having healthy eating and lifestyle habits. I believe that a balanced diet such as the Mediterranean diet is key to live healthy longer and to put you at a lower risk for chronic diseases.
With the hope of encouraging many of you to preparing healthy recipes at home I leave you with one of my favourite quotes:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates.