Menestra, or menestra de verduras, is a light, comforting Spanish Serrano or Iberico ham and vegetable stew popular in La Rioja, and Navarra. It is a very flexible dish and can be made with any vegetables that are in season.
  • Cooking:
  • Serves: 2 persons



  1. Step 1

    Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Add the carrots and green beans and cook for around 5 minutes, or until just tender
  2. Step 2

    Remove the carrots and green beans and add the halved new potatoes. Cook for around 10 minutes or until completely tender
  3. Step 3

    Remove the potatoes from the water and add the spring onions, spinach and peas. Blanch them for around 1 minute or until the spinach just starts to wilt, and then drain
  4. Step 4

    Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and add a dash of olive oil. Once hot, add the ham and fry until crisp. Remove from the pan and set aside
  5. Step 5

    Add the garlic and artichokes and fry until the garlic is soft
  6. Step 6

    Add the plain flour and cook out, stirring frequently
  7. Step 7

    Add the white wine and cook until it has mostly evaporated, then add the beef stock
  8. Step 8

    Whisk the stock until it thickens, then add back the ham and cooked vegetables
  9. Step 9

    Cook for a few minutes more until everything is warmed through, and then serve topped with parsley and another drizzle of olive oil