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All Recipes, Main Dishes / October 8, 2021

Classic Spanish Pasta Stew | Guiso de Macarrones con Verduras

This Classic Spanish Pasta Stew, known in Spain as un Guiso de Macarrones con Verduras, is packed with so many great flavors, it´s easy to make and comes together in about 40 minutes. Serve it next to a crusty baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for the ultimate experience.

Classic Spanish Pasta Stew
The best part about this recipe, is that it´s all done using just one pan. Which means the starch in the pasta stays in the dish, giving the stew the most incredible textures and flavor.

Classic Spanish Pasta Stew
To make this recipe, I used penne pasta. But you can use any pasta you like. However, if you use a thinner pasta, such as spaghetti, I would recommend adding in a bit less liquid to the stew. I also used new potatoes. You want to use a potato that´s more waxy than starchy. That way it keeps its shape and it doesn´t fall apart.

Classic Spanish Pasta Stew

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Very important to cook your pasta al dente. That way it keeps its texture and it doesn´t get mushy. Make sure to check the package instructions on your pasta. In my case, it took me exactly 10 minutes to get perfectly cooked pasta.

Classic Spanish Pasta Stew

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Classic Spanish Pasta Stew

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 620 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1/2 onion roughly chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper roughly chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce 115 grams
  • 2 small potatoes cut into small 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) pieces
  • 1/2 cup white wine 120 ml
  • 5 cups vegetable broth 1200 ml
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads
  • 1 cup penne pasta 100 grams
  • 1 bay leaf
  • handful finely chopped parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a large deep fry pan or a stock pot with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin oive oil

  2. After 2 minutes add in the chopped onion, chopped bell peppers, sliced carrots and chopped garlic, mix with the olive oil

  3. After 5 minutes and the onion is translucent and the rest of the vegetables lightly sauteed, add in 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika, quickly mix together, then add in 1/2 cup tomato sauce, mix together and simmer

  4. Once the tomato sauce has slightly thickend, add in the chopped potatoes, 1/2 cup white wine and season with sea salt & black pepper, turn up the heat to a high heat, mix together and cook for 3 minutes, then add in 5 cups vegetable broth, 1/4 tsp saffron threads and 1 bay leaf, mix together and cook on a high heat between 15 to 20 minutes

  5. After 15 to 20 minutes and the potatoes are fully cooked through, you can always pierce them with a toothpick, add in 1 cup penne pasta and cook until al dente (check pasta package instructions), then remove the pan from the heat, transfer into shallow bowls and top off with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Classic Spanish Pasta Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 620 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 2735mg119%
Potassium 1484mg42%
Carbohydrates 98g33%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 13249IU265%
Vitamin C 107mg130%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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