Romesco Sauce Recipe -
Romesco Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Romesco Sauce

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"A wonderful versatile Latin sauce originating in Spain with amazing flavors. It can be served with grilled chicken, fish and seafood, as a sauce for pasta, or alone as a dip. Once you try this, you will be hooked! Try using hazelnuts instead of the almonds. Can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 week. Tastes are enhanced if allowed to sit for a few hours."

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Original recipe makes 2 1/2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Place the tomatoes, bell pepper, and garlic cloves onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush the vegetables with some of the olive oil, then sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake in the preheated oven until the garlic has turned golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for 10 minutes. While the vegetables are cooling, bake the bread slice on one of the oven racks until golden brown. Remove and allow to cool.
  3. Scrape the vegetables and any juices from the pan into a food processor or blender. Break the bread into pieces, and add to the food processor along with the toasted almonds, vinegar, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Puree until finely ground, then drizzle in the remaining olive oil with the machine running. Season to taste with additional salt if necessary.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 08, 2009

Thanks all for trying out the Romesco Sauce. Just a note that I should have had in the recipe. The garlic can be peeled or unpeeled at roasting time. I peel mine. The biggest complaint from reviewers has been that it's too vinegary. Please use less vinegar to start with, since some vinegars are stronger than others, and then if you are a vinegar freak like me, add more :] Cheers!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 14, 2010

Oh boy! this is definitely different, whether that's good or bad depends on your tastes. this sauce did not work for me and my family and i will not be making it again, too bad too cuz i really wanted to like this sauce :(


45 Ratings

Jul 08, 2009

I kept thinking "What? No onions? No basil or oregano?" but after one taste I realized this sauce doesn't need a single thing added to it! Simply PERFECT! My only changes were to reduce the vinegar - I probably used 3 1/2 tbsp. or so, just added a little at a time and kept tasting, then at the end I probably ended up drizzling in 1/4 cup of olive oil. Had a little with some toasted baguette and crackers, and then on top of pasta for dinner. Just delicious! I think next time I'll try pulsing the almonds first, though, as my food processor is old and tired and I ended up finding a couple large chunks. I really didn't want to blend the sauce any further as it was just the right texture.

Mar 19, 2010

So Spanish & so delicious! All 3 world travelers who tasted this LOVED it. We each want to make this again & again! I made it & personally LOVED it exactly as written though the vinegar is noticeable, so you may want to start with a little less vinegar, taste, & then decide if more's wanted. Although I served this as an appetizer on baguette slices, it is also a great dip for savory empanadas (such as cheese, shrimp, or potatoes & chorizo), for dipping celery & carrots, or as a sauce for pasta, chicken,'ll find many ways to use this full-flavored, adaptable sauce! Bravo, AngieItaliano! (Maybe your "nom de plume" should be AngieEspanola!)

Aug 07, 2009

THIS SAUCE IS AMAZING! Used it for pizza sauce with the Honey Wheat Pizza Dough from this site, topped with goat cheese and lots of fresh basil. I'm so happy this was the sauce I picked! I changed this a little based on my personal preferences and what I had on hand, but it would be great just as written. I used 1 1/2 bell peppers, added a few more tomatoes, included 2 shallots, sub'd basil oil for the olive oil, and sub'd spicy balsamic vinegar and a little rice wine vinegar (didn't have red wine vinegar). I didn't add the bread or almonds - might add toasted pine nuts next time. Lots left over, which I froze for my next pizza.

Jun 09, 2009

This is freakin' insane. A flavor explosion. I made exactly according to recipe, only adding the red wine vinegar by tbsp. until it felt right. I just dipped a spoon into it to taste it before dinner. A couple times. And I'm about to go again. I'm planning on serving this on whole wheat pasta for my family with fresh parm but for me, I'm having it over roasted vegetables. Awesome recipe, Miss Angie. This one's a keeper. For sure.

Jun 09, 2009

Oh Baby Come To Mamma. I've been munching on this with toasted baguette slices and veggie dippers. I just wanted to try it as a snack before I started dinner. Now I have to push back dinner because I keep eating this! So you say this gets better after sitting? I'm in trouble, I'm cooking only for myself and thought I'd have a bunch for the freezer. Kept to the recipe, except for being heavy-handed with the pepper flakes and paprika (used sweet Hungarian, my Spanish paprika is smoked, maybe I'll try that next time since I bet that goes with the roasty goodness). I did end up using the entire amount of vinegar, it was perfect for me. I think some brands are more sharp and others more smooth, so I bet that makes a difference. I asked in the Recipe Exchange if the garlic should be peeled before or after roasting, and the submitter herself answered (also Rhianna) within just a few minutes that peeling before hand works better, but either way is okay. I used parchment instead of foil on the baking pan, and got perfect consistency with a food processor. Just got a great idea since I have more baguette to use up: Make a pizza-type thing with baguette sliced horizontally and toasted, topped with romesco, then olives, artichoke hearts and parmesan! I know what is for lunch (okay maybe breakfast) tomorrow. Thanks Angie this is one of the best things I've tried in a long time.

Oct 28, 2010

WOW! That was delicious! I served it with roast chicken breast, pan-seared asparagus, thyme roasted potatoes, and french bread. I couldn't decide what to slather it on. So I slathered it on everything. There's more for tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it! I used a few tablespoons of vinegar to start, then added to taste. Didn't roast the garlic, but it was fine raw (if you like that sort of thing), and didn't have tomatoes, so I used some leftover marinara sauce and leftover dried bread crumbs instead of stale bread. I used two red bell peppers and one fresh pasilla pepper, roasted. I used regular paprika because it's all I had and less olive oil than called for. I love the versatility of this sauce! Oh and did I mention it was amazingly delicious?


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  • Calories
  • 196 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.3 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 18.3 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 61 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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