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pisto manchego

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

This classic dish is a tasty combination of perfectly cooked and seasoned vegetables. It's a delicious one pot recipe you must-try!

yield 4 servings
prep time 15 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For pisto manchego

  • 4 c
    eggplant, ends removed and cubed
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground himalayan sea salt, or as needed
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 c
    onions, coarsely diced
  • 1 c
    red peppers, coarsely diced
  • 1 c
    green peppers (substitute poblano), coarsely diced
  • 4 can
    zucchini, coarsely diced
  • 1 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper, or to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 4 lg
    cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 tsp
    red chili flakes
  • 1 can
    (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    vinagre de jerez (substitute regular sherry vinegar)
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    granulated sugar, or more to taste
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    dried rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tsp
    dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

How To Make pisto manchego

  • 1
    Slice the eggplant in half and cut each half into ½-inch thick slices. Take each slice, cut in half and then dice into ½-inch cubes. Transfer them to a baking sheet lined with paper towels and spread them out in a single layer before generously sprinkling on some ground sea salt; let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Half an hour later, using paper towels, press down on the diced eggplant to remove any excess liquid; set aside.
  • 3
    In a large saucepan over medium heat, add oil and when it gets hot, add onions, red peppers and green peppers, sauté the ingredients for 4 minutes.
  • 4
    Add the zucchini, give it a good stir to blend, cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • 5
    Add eggplant and combine with the other ingredients before seasoning with freshly ground black pepper. Stir once again, cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender - to see if they’re done, just press down on them with the tip of your spoon or spatula.
  • 6
    Add pressed garlic and red pepper flakes; sauté for 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes including the juice and blend them in with the mixture; season with Vinagre de Jerez, granulated sugar, rosemary, dried thyme leaves, and smoked paprika. Stir well, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • 7
    When time is up, uncover, stir again, reduce the heat to medium low and let the pisto simmer gently, about 15 minutes or until most liquid has evaporated. Taste and adjust if necessary.
  • 8
    When the cooking time is done, there are two options; make a few wells and crack an egg into each and enjoy it with some crusty bread or serve it as is along with some cured ham or as a side dish. Sprinkle on chopped parsley before serving.
  • 9
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