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All Recipes, Main Dishes / May 20, 2024

Spanish Poor Man’s Vegetable Stew | Packed with GOODNESS & Easy to Make

This Spanish Poor Man’s Vegetable Stew, known as Guiso de Verduras a lo Pobre, is what the humble Spanish kitchen is all about. We’re talking a ton of great flavors, simple ingredients and done in about 40 minutes. Serve it next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for a complete meal.

Spanish Poor Man's Vegetable Stew
To make this recipe, I used a combination of onions, garlic, bell peppers, tomatoes and potatoes. Of course, you can mix it up and use whatever vegetables you like or whatever you have on hand.

Spanish Poor Man's Vegetable Stew
What thickens this stew, is a paste made by frying slices of baguette and garlic in olive oil. I used a mortar & pestle to pound down on the ingredients to create the paste. If you don’t have a mortar & pestle, you can also use a food processor, hand blender or even a nutribullet.

Spanish Poor Man's Vegetable Stew

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: This stew will hold for up to 3 to 4 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. When reheating, add in more liquid as needed to ensure the stew is not too thick.

Spanish Poor Man's Vegetable Stew

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Poor Man's Vegetable Stew

Course Main Course, Stew
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 342 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 45 ml
  • 2 slices baguette 1 inch / 2.50 cm thick each
  • 1 onion
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 1/4 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 3 grams
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 3 potatoes 1.5 lbs / 700 grams
  • 3 cups water 720 ml
  • 4 cage-free organic eggs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 8 grams
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  2. After a couple of minutes add in the slices of baguette and 4 whole cloves of garlic (skins removed), fry for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden fried all around

  3. In the meantime, roughly chop the onion, roughly chop 4 cloves of garlic and cut the bell peppers into bite-size pieces

  4. Once the slices of baguette and cloves of garlic are golden fried, transfer into a mortar and set aside

  5. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in the chopped vegetables, mix every 1 to 2 minutes so everything evenly sautes

  6. While the vegetables are cooking, cut the potatoes (peeled) into bite-size pieces that are 2 cm thick (3/4 inch)

  7. After 5 to 6 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the tomatoes finely grated, mix together and then simmer without mixing

  8. Once the grated tomato has slightly thickened, about 4 minutes, add in the chopped potatoes and season generously with sea salt & black pepper, mix together, then add in the water (just enough to cover the ingredients), add in the bay leaves and turn it up to a high heat

  9. While the water is heating move back to the mortar with the fried bread and garlic, add in the chopped parsley and a pinch of sea salt, using a pestle pound down on the ingredients until you get a paste-like texture

  10. Once the water comes to a boil in the stock pot, add in the bread and garlic paste, mix together until well mixed, then place a lid on the stock pot and lower to a low-medium heat

  11. After 15 to 20 minutes and the potatoes are just cooked through (you can pierce with a toothpick to ensure they are done), crack in the eggs, all evenly spaced out, place the lid back on the stock pot and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until the eggs whites are set but the yollks are still slightly creamy, then remove from the heat

  12. Transfer into shallow bowls and garnish with fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Poor Man's Vegetable Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 187mg8%
Potassium 965mg28%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 2213IU44%
Vitamin C 102mg124%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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