Braised summer vegetable pisto with emerald sauce & fried egg

Gutsy flavours and bright colours on the plate make this imaginative vegetarian dish a winner for a light weekend lunch

  • Prep:45 mins
    Cook:45 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 448
  • fat 22g
  • saturates 4g
  • carbs 47g
  • sugars 17g
  • fibre 9g
  • protein 19g
  • salt 0.95g


  • olive oil, for frying
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 slices sourdough bread, toasted to serve
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 green peppers, diced
  • 3 red peppers, diced
  • 4 very ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 medium courgettes, diced
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked
  • 30 large garlic cloves, (about 2 heads) peeled
  • 250ml vegetable stock


  1. For the pisto, heat the oil in a deep frying pan and add the onion. Fry for a few mins, add garlic, then cook for a few mins more. Add the peppers and cook over a medium heat for 5 mins. Now add the tomatoes, the bay and courgettes and cook for about 30 mins, seasoning well.

  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Drop the parsley in a pan of boiling water and cook for 1 min. Drain and immediately run under a cold tap, then shake off excess water. Put the garlic in a pan of cold water, bring to the boil, then drain and repeat with a fresh batch of water (this gets rid of the garlic’s strength). Add stock and simmer until the garlic is soft and the liquid syrupy. Purée with the parsley until smooth. Season.

  3. For the eggs, add a glug of olive oil to a pan. When smoking hot, crack in the eggs – they will splutter but go deliciously crisp at the edges. Serve the pisto on toast, topped with egg, drizzled in the sauce.

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