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Scooping some romesco sauce out of a glass jar


  • Author: Vicky & Ruth
  • Total Time: 75
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


Romesco is a wonderful, thick, tasty sauce from the Catalonia region of Spain. It's traditionally served along with big, thick spring onions, grilled to perfection, in cookouts called Calçotades . So delicious, you'll want to slather it on everything!


  • 2 medium red bell peppers
  • 2 plum or vine ripe tomatoes
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 slice day-old Italian or French bread ( you can substitute one slice of sandwich bread, Gluten-free bread or Matzah)
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika, smoked paprika or a combination of both to taste  (See Note 1)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts or almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F
  2. Place the peppers, tomatoes and garlic on a large baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the peppers are tender
  3. Carefully place the peppers, tomatoes, and garlic in a glass bowl while still hot. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit, covered for 30 minutes or longer.  This process will make it easier to peel the peppers and tomatoes once cooled
  4. When the peppers are cool, remove and discard the skin and seeds. Remove and discard the tomato skins as well. Transfer them to the bowl of a food processor
  5. With a sharp, serrated knife, cut the bottom of the head of garlic. Squeeze the cloves into the food processor. Add extra virgin olive oil, sweet paprika, salt, and red wine vinegar
  6. Add the bread and chopped hazelnuts and pulse a few times until smooth


  1. Romesco sauce is not a hot (spicy) sauce. You can add heat by adding hot paprika to taste
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Category: Sauce / Dip
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Spain


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 54
  • Sugar: 1.6
  • Sodium: 83.7
  • Fat: 4.1
  • Saturated Fat: .4
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3.4
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 3.9
  • Fiber: 1.1
  • Protein: 1.2
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: Spain, tapas, romesco, sauce, dip, vegan, gluten-free

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