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15 February 2019

Learn how to make the classic Spanish Romesco sauce with this recipe, including roasted bell peppers, tomato, garlic, almonds and thickened with toasted bread.

Romesco sauce is a Spanish sauce with a focus on red peppers and almonds or other nuts from Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain.

Typically the nuts are slightly roasted then processed with roasted red peppers and thickened with a toasty bread. The nutty flavor is apparent goes with any number of dishes, and can be used as a simple condiment, left out as a spread, or tossed over proteins.

The red wine vinegar is an ideal finisher for this sauce and you can vary up the zing quality with more or less vinegar in the end.

There are so many ways to enjoy this sauce. It’s an ideal condiment served at the table for use with any preferred ingredient. I always enjoy it with pork.

Romesco Sauce - In a bowl, ready to serve

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

 

Ingredients for Making Romesco Sauce

Ingredients include:

  • 1 large red bell pepper roasted and chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes sliced in half
  • 6 medium garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 slice Italian bread stale or lightly toasted
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • A few dashes of sea salt

How to Make Romesco Sauce – the Recipe Method

To make classic Spanish Romesco sauce, first slice the tomatoes and bell pepper in half. Set them onto a baking sheet.

Wrap the garlic in aluminum foil with a bit of oil and a dash of salt. Set it with the tomatoes and pepper.

Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees, or until the peppers and tomato skins loosen and char.

Remove from heat and cool.

Roasted tomatoes and peppers

Heat a small pan to medium heat and dry roast the almonds about 5 minutes.

Toasting almonds

Set into a food processor.

To the food processor, add bread and pulse a few times to break it all apart.

Peel the skins from the tomatoes, pepper and garlic.

Peeling roasted tomatoes and peppers

Into the food processor they go with a bit of salt.

Ingredients in a blender

Process until a paste forms. It should be fairly wet.

Romesco Sauce in a blender, before adding olive oil

Pour in olive oil in a stream while processing. Process until it smooths out.

Creamy Romesco Sauce in a blender

Add vinegar and pulse. Taste. Need more vinegar for zing? Need more salt? Adjust as you’d like.

That’s it, my friends! I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear.

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Romesco Sauce - In a bowl, ready to serve

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Romesco Sauce - Recipe

Learn how to make the classic Spanish Romesco sauce with this recipe, including roasted bell peppers, tomato, garlic, almonds and thickened with toasted bread.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 8
Calories: 113kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large red bell pepper roasted and chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes sliced in half
  • 6 medium garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 slice Italian bread stale or lightly toasted
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • A few dashes of sea salt

Instructions

  • Slice the tomatoes and bell pepper in half. Set them onto a baking sheet.
  • Wrap the garlic in aluminum foil with a bit of oil and a dash of salt. Set it with the tomatoes and pepper.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees, or until the peppers and tomato skins loosen and char.
  • Remove from heat and cool.
  • Heat a small pan to medium heat and dry roast the almonds about 5 minutes. Set into a food processor.
  • To the food processor, add bread and pulse a few times to break it all apart.
  • Peel the skins from the tomatoes, pepper and garlic and into the food processor they go with a bit of salt.
  • Process until a paste forms. It should be fairly wet.
  • Pour in olive oil in a stream while processing. Process until it smooths out.
  • Add vinegar and pulse. Taste. Need more vinegar for zing? Need more salt? Adjust as you’d like.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 23.9mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.5mg

This recipe was updated on 1/20/19 to include new photos, new video and information. It was originally published on 12/29/2013.

2 comments

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Nathan, I would roast them with the other ingredients, or if using powder, just stir it in. Let me know how it turns out for you.

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