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Spanish Romesco Sauce from charred red peppers almonds and tomatoes in a bowl resting on a red striped napkin to one side and with almonds and parsley scattered on the left
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Spanish Romesco Sauce: Roasted Red Pepper and Almonds

Spanish Romesco Sauce from charred red pepper, tomato and almonds. Easy to make and versatile to use. Serve with grilled veggies or chicken or with fish, or as a delicious pesto, with pasta or as a spread.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Resting Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Pasta sauce, sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: continental, Mediterranean, spanish
Keyword: Pasta Sauce, Red Pepper Sauce, Romesco Sauce, Sauce
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 843kcal
Author: Sujata Shukla


For Roasting Red Pepper, Tomato and Garlic

  • 1 cup Roasted Peeled Red Pepper slices from 2 large red peppers
  • 1 cup Roasted Peeled Red Tomatoes from 2 large tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Other Ingredients for Spanish Romesco Sauce

  • ½ cup Peeled almonds Or almonds and hazelnuts
  • 2 slices white bread or bread of your choice
  • ½ teaspoon Red chilli flakes or to taste - upto 2 teaspoons
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika or to taste - upto 1 teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoons parsley minced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Fresh grated Pepper or to taste


To Roast the Red Pepper, Tomato, Garlic

  • Preheat the oven to 200C / 400 F. Brush Peppers, and Garlic with a little olive oil Slice tomatoes into two and brush with oil and a light sprinkling of salt. Or make two three slits in the bottom of the whole tomatoes and brush with oil.
  • Place whole red peppers, sliced or whole tomatoes and garlic cloves on baking trays lined with parchment and place in the heated oven. Sliced tomatoes to be placed cut side up. Peppers to be place lengthwise. Roast for 20 minutes, by which time one side of the peppers and tomatoes will begin to char. Remove the trays from the oven and turn the peppers and tomatoes over so that the cut side faces down. Remove the garlic cloves from the tray and keep aside. Roast peppers and tomatoes for another 15 minutes. Transfer immediately while hot to a flat surface (I used a flat chopping sheet) and cover with an inverted glass or metal bowl with no gaps underneath. The peppers will steam and the skin will begin to loosen.
  • After about 15 minutes, you can easily peel the peppers and tomatoes. Slice the peppers into two and pull the stem sideways so that the seeds also come out. Peel the skin from the peppers and cut away membranes and remove any seeds left behind. Peel the tomatoes (or leave them if you wish). I don't remove the seeds. Peel the garlic Slice the peeled peppers and tomatoes and crush the garlic.

To Make Spanish Romesco Sauce

  • Toast the almonds for 5 minutes in the oven or in a pan on the stove, stirring frequently. Brush the bread slices with a few drops of olive oil, and toast lightly. Mince the parsley removing thick stems
  • Run the nuts and garlic in a food processor. Add the slices of roasted peeled red pepper, tomatoes, toasted bread and Parsley, and blend them in the processor.Add half the chili flakes, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and run the processor. Add the vinegar and half the olive oil in a trickle while the processor is running. Add more oil till the sauce reaches a runny but slightly coarse and nutty consistency.Once blended, taste for seasoning and add a little more of salt, chilli or paprika as required. Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the fridge till required.


Calories: 843kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 79g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 1881mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1447IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 4mg