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Jar and spoonful of easy homemade Romesco Sauce surrounded by ingredients used to make it
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Easy Romesco Sauce

Easy, flavorful romesco sauce made with just 7 ingredients and 30 minutes. The perfect sauce for veggie bowls, pasta, Italian dishes, and beyond.

Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 10 (2-Tablespoon servings)
Category: Sauce
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Spanish-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5-7 Days

Ingredients

  • 2 medium red bell peppers, left whole
  • 4 Tbsp slivered or flaked almonds (if avoiding almonds, try another nut or seed)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (if avoiding oil, sub water)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 heaping tsp sea salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flake (reduce or omit for less heat, but it does help balance the sweetness)

Instructions

  1. Heat an oven to 500 degrees F (260 C) and line a baking sheet with foil (avoid parchment paper, which will burn and disintegrate at higher temps). Roast for about 20 minutes, or until nearly blackened on all sides. (Alternatively, roast your pepper over an open flame on a grill or gas stovetop until tender and charred on all sides — about 5 minutes). Then wrap in foil to steam for a few minutes (this will help the skin come off more easily).

  2. In the meantime, toast almonds over medium-low heat in a dry skillet, stirring frequently, being careful not to burn. Toast until light golden brown — about 3-5 minutes. Set aside.

  3. Unwrap bell peppers and carefully remove charred skin, stems, and seeds (be careful as they’ll still be hot). Then add to a small food processor or blender along with toasted almonds, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and chili flake.
  4. Either blend until creamy and smooth, or pulse / blend for a few seconds for a chunkier texture. We like a texture that's somewhere in between: mostly creamy with a few bits of almonds and garlic intact.

  5. Add more olive oil or water to make it creamier. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lemon for acidity, garlic for zing, salt to taste, or chili flake for heat. We added a bit more of each.

  6. Use immediately, or store in the refrigerator up to 5-7 days. Freezer safe up to 1 month, but best when fresh. Delicious on things like poached eggs or hummus over avocado toast, vegan scrambles, roasted vegetables, pasta, and more.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*Adapted from Madeleine Shaw’s cookbook, Ready Steady Glow.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 10 2-Tbsp servings)