Pisto Español


Happy Monday to todos! As we leave summer behind, I really feel that the days are going by so fast. The weather is definitely changing, warm but not too hot, the sun sets a little sooner and leaves are starting to fall to the ground. The fall is coming guys.

But! Everyone can still get fresh vegetables from their gardens, farmers market, or supermarket That’s one of the reasons I decided to publish this dish. It’s another good use for all of those zucchini, tomatoes, etc. that many of you might be wondering what to do with. The name of this dish is pisto. This is another Spanish dish, 100% traditional from the south of Spain. The origin of this dish comes from the farmers. They used to use whatever seasonal vegetables they might have available that day for their meals. Although, some say that the original ingredients were just olive oil, tomato and pepper. (and maybe also garlic.) Over the years, they have been adding ingredients such as onion and zucchini, and others. These are all the traditional flavors you might expect from a typical Spanish dish.

Ingredients for 2-4 servings: 

  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini chopped into small chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped into small chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped into small chunks
  • 1 small eggplant peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • 2-4 big tomatoes for the sauce or 1 medium can of crushed tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Fried egg and potatoes are optional (Some people top it with a piece of fish such as cod. Remember, it’s a seasonal dish- so you can use what’s on hand!)
  • Directions:
  • In a large skillet over a medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add the chopped onion. Cook for a few minutes until the onion turns translucent.
  • Chop the zucchini into small chunks and add them to the pan. Then, add the chopped peppers. Season with salt.
  • Next, add the chopped eggplant.
  • Peel and dice the tomatoes as finely as possible.
  • Turn the heat down to a simmer and add the chopped tomatoes and their juice (or a can of crushed tomatoes) to the pan with the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Continue to simmer for 20 more minutes on low heat.

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  • Ready to serve!

*If you want to serve it with the fries and egg like I did: Place the fries on the bottom, then add the vegetables and top it with the fried egg.


** As a healthier alternative, I baked the french fries at 450F for 30 minutes. Before putting them in the oven, I drizzled them with some olive oil, salt and pepper.


Bon profit!

Pisto Español

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Hola y Bienvenido/a! Hello and Welcome! My name is Ivette and I am a dual citizen! Originally, I from Catalonia, Spain but in 2014 I moved to the United States and I currently live in Maryland with my husband Richard (number 1 taster, thank you!), my baby girl Beulah my rescue dig Vicky and my two (big!) cutie cats Pintxo & Pastifa. Full house! I love Spanish food. In Spain there is always something to celebrate, gathering with friends and family… We have THREE dishes at every meal! Yes, 3! You will have a first full dish like pasta and for the second dish you will have fish/meat and then dessert, and after dessert coffee…. When I am in Spain and get together with my family (there are 31 of us!), we can start lunch at 2:30pm and finish it at 7pm… I have always loved cooking. My grandmother it is a great, great cook and I think my love of cooking is because of her. When I was in college, my favorite breaks, were getting into the kitchen and cooking or baking something. I was able to escape the normal daily routine of law school. In this blog, I would like to share some Spanish recipes as well as other delicious recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at joyofspanishcooking@gmail.com Bon profit!

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