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The Secret to the Best Spanish Ratatouille | Pisto Manchego Recipe

This Spanish Ratatouille, known in Spain as Pisto Manchego, is one of Spain´s most iconic and classic vegetable dishes. It´s packed with flavors, easy to make and made with the simplest ingredients. Serve it as a side dish next to some grilled fish or even for breakfast next to some fried eggs.

Spanish Ratatouille
What makes this Spanish pisto so great, (hint: the secret), is that you slowy cook all the vegetables in layers, instead of cooking them all at the same time. This gives each vegetable the chance to cook on its own, giving the pisto the most beautiful textures & flavors.

Spanish Ratatouille
To make this recipe, I recommend using a great Spanish olive oil. Since we are using the simplest ingredients, it´s important to use the best ingredients. This is what ultimately gives the entire dish, that incredible depth of flavors.

Spanish Ratatouille

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I used the most typical vegetables that are used in Spain to make this dish. But you are more than welcome to mix it up. By using eggplant, carrots or even mushrooms. For the tomato sauce, I finely grated fresh tomatoes, but you can also use canned tomato sauce or passata.

Spanish Ratatouille

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Ratatouille | Pisto Manchego

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 192 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 zucchini
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • dash granulated sugar


  1. Heat a large deep fry pan or stock pot with a low-medium heat and add in 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  2. Meanwhile, roughly chop 1 large onion and thinly slice 4 cloves garlic

  3. After heating the olive oil for 5 minutes, add in the chopped onion and sliced garlic, mix with the olive oil so everything is well coated, mix every 1 to 2 minutes

  4. Meanwhile, roughly chop 1 green and 1 red bell pepper

  5. After 10 minutes and the onions are translucent, add in the chopped bell peppers, once again, mix together so all the vegetables are coated in the olive and mix every 1 to 2 minutes

  6. Meanwhile, cut 1 zucchini into 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick rounds, then stack them up and cut into large cubes, finely grate 6 tomatoes to end up with 1 1/2 cups (340 grams) tomato sauce

  7. After cooking the bell peppers for 10 minutes and they are tender, add in the cubed zucchini, mix together and cook for 5 minutes, then add in the tomato sauce and season generously with sea salt, black pepper and a kiss of granulated sugar, mix together, then add in 1 bay leaf and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the tomato sauce has really thickend up

  8. Once the tomato sauce has thickend up, remove from the heat, transfer into a large serving dish and discard the bay leaf, serve warm or cold, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Spanish Olive Oil I used to make this Spanish Pisto

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Ratatouille | Pisto Manchego
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 732mg21%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2679IU54%
Vitamin C 99mg120%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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