If you are a Spanish food lover, you have to try Pisto!

Pisto, also known as Pisto manchego, is a tasty vegetarian recipe that comes from La Mancha, a region in central Spain.

Inspired by a Moorish dish, Pisto has changed over the centuries due to the introduction of new ingredients from America, such as peppers and tomatoes.

Its name seems to derive from a latin word, pistus, which means “squashed”.

So what does this recipe consist of?

Basically, pisto is a Spanish version of a ratatouille: small dices of vegetables slowly cooked in olive oil.

Very simple, isn’t it?

Let’s try to make it at home!

You need:

3 dientes de ajo –> 3 cloves of garlic

2 cebollas –> 2 onions

1 pimiento verde –> 1 green pepper

1 pimiento rojo –> 1 red pepper

5 tomates –> 5 tomatoes

2 calabacines –> 2 courgettes

100ml de aceite de oliva virgen extra –> 100 ml of extra virgin olive oil

sal –> salt

pimienta –> pepper

Ready to go!

Finely chop onion and garlic.

Heat some oil in a large pan, add onion and garlic and let them cook until they brown.

Add peppers in dices and cook for around 15 minutes.

Then add courgettes and tomatoes previously chopped.

Add salt and pepper, cover and let cook for about 1 hour and 30 minutes at very low heat.

Take the lid off and cook other 20 minutes at medium heat to make the liquid dry completely.

Your Pisto is ready!

You can eat it warm or cold, depending on your preference and serve it with some bread or with a fried egg on top.

You can even accompany other dishes with Pisto as it is very versatile.

You will absolutely love it!

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