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10 July 2017

A quick and easy roasted red pepper sauce recipe that is both savory and sweet, made with roasted red bell pepper, tomato, honey, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and seasonings. It’s an all-purpose sauce that can go on practically anything.

I love this sauce. It a simple thing, really, sort of an amalgamation of other sauce I’ve made in the past, a result of some experimentation and testing as I sought to learn what balance of both sweet and savory I might prefer in a roasted red pepper sauce.

This is the result.

First thing, though – let’s talk about roasted red pepper sauces in general. The way I see it, a good roasted red pepper sauce can easily replace a tomato sauce in many recipes. Pizza sauce? Absolutely. Pasta sauce? Heck yeah. Soup base?

Yes! The mighty red bell pepper can easily take the place of tomatoes in specific sauce applications and do a bang up job in the process. I find that I typically prefer a roasted red pepper base sauce over tomato because, well, you know, I AM crazy for chili peppers.

Did you know this?

Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Sauce – Recipe

To put it simply, red bell peppers ROCK. They may have no heat, but they are so perfectly fleshy and meaty and satisfying.

A single pepper will round out a thick sauce ready to cling to the main dish, and it can be seasoned in any number of ways, all up and down the spectrum, from deliciously sweet to deeply savory.

This particular sauce works in the sweetness in the form of both honey and brown sugar. Honey and brown sugar are popular ways to sweeten recipes, particularly barbecue sauces, which I have also been experimenting with.

As I was working on one particular barbecue sauce recipe, I wondered how the ingredients would work with a roasted red pepper base and not much else, and am happy to report that it works very nicely.

The resulting flavors are definitely sweet, but not TOO sweet, definitely leaning toward savory.

You’ll achieve a good balance of flavor with the addition of apple cider vinegar, which adds, for me, the right amount of tanginess, along with some of my preferred seasonings here, in this case, cayenne, Mexican oregano, and a bit of cumin.

And salt and pepper, of course.

Let’s talk about how we make it, shall we?

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 roasted red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Roma tomato, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (omit if it’s too spicy for you)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Recipe Steps

First, add the chopped roasted red bell pepper, tomato, garlic, honey, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, oregano, and cumin to a food processor and process until smooth. Adjust for salt and pepper to your personal taste.

Transfer the sauce to a small pot and heat. Simmer for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.

Cool and serve.

Makes about 1 cup.

Recipe Notes

You can use a jar of roasted red peppers for this recipe, or roast your own peppers, which you can do in several different ways, including in the oven, in the broiler, on the grill or over an open flame.

I typically roast my red peppers over an open flame on the stove top. Basically, get the flame going, then set the pepper directly onto the grate over the flame. Be sure to use tongs.

Let the flame lick the pepper skin, which will eventually char up and blacken. Using tongs, flip the pepper around to get all of the skin.

Once the pepper is charred up, cool it slightly, then transfer it to a paper bag or plastic baggie to steam, which will loosen the skin. Once the skins are loosened enough, peel them away with your fingers, then proceed with the recipe.

Roasted red peppers are wonderfully sweet and savory, perfect for making sauces.

Learn how to roast chili peppers here.

For other flavor additions, include the garlic cloves for a garlic blast. Red onion is a nice addition.

Making it Creamy

If you’d like to make a creamy version of this sauce, add 1/2 to 1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream during the last 5 minutes of simmering.

You can also swirl in cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, or sour cream or Mexican crema to make a creamy version.

Serving Suggestions for Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Yes, the obvious question – what exactly can I serve this sauce with? Truly, this is an all-purpose sauce recipe that can be served with many a dish. You can serve this as a dipping sauce with some crusty bread and treat it like an appetizer.

Consider it for a sweeter version of your favorite pasta, but one of my favorite ways to serve this is over savory waffles for brunch. I LOVE savory waffles, and brunch often calls for just a touch of sweet.

When it comes to breakfast and brunch, I lean towards savory, though a bit of sweetness is always a pleasant thing.

This sauce will hit both spots for you. I do hope you enjoy it! Let me know your thoughts!

Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Sauce – Recipe

For your reference: How to Roast Peppers.

Try Some of My Other Popular Sauce Recipes

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

 

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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce – Recipe

A quick and easy roasted red pepper sauce recipe that is both savory and sweet, made with roasted red bell pepper, tomato, honey, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and seasonings. It's an all-purpose sauce that can go on practically anything.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bell peppers, recipe, roasted peppers, sauce
Servings: 4
Calories: 209kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 roasted red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 Roma tomato chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.
  • Transfer to a small pot and heat. Simmer for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.
  • Cool and serve.

Notes

Makes about 1 cup.

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 1540IU | Vitamin C: 27.2mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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