Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (Romesco)

September 12, 2014

Make good use of the abundance of seasonal red peppers with an easy and delicious Romesco sauce.

This recipe came into fruition because I suddenly found myself with several clients who were not able to eat tomatoes, either for the acidity or because of an allergy.  I’ll sometimes make a macrobiotic style tomato free marinara, but this requires a long list of ingredients and lots of vegetable chopping. I wanted something simple that anyone could throw together on a weeknight.

Just a few ingredients and a blender are needed for a lip smacking sauce perfect for topping veggie burgers, pasta, any time you need a replacement for tomato sauce, as a dip, or to just eat with a spoon. If you pre-roast your peppers, or have a jar of roasted peppers on hand (a great alternative for winter months), this recipe literally takes 5 minutes to make.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (Romesco) | Peaceful Dumpling

Roasted Red Pepper Romesco Sauce 


2 – 3 large red peppers, roasted (jarred is great for winter)
2 large cloves garlic
½ Cup almonds
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
Water, if needed for consistency

Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth; add water little by little if needed to keep the blades moving, or to thin the sauce. Adjust seasoning. If you’re not using a high powered blender, soak almonds overnight or for 8 hours first for a smoother texture. 


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Photo: Christine Oppenheim

Christine Oppenheim is a natural foods chef, trained through Bauman College. Residing in Santa Monica, CA, she offers vegan personal chef services, cooking instruction, and holistic wellness coaching. Christine prepares meals that are centered on whole grains and organic, seasonal fruits and vegetables, with a focus on utilizing alternative ingredients to convert classic recipes into versions that are compatible for restricted diets (i.e. gluten free, soy free, no refined sugar). She teaches people how to easily incorporate delicious, healthy, plant based foods into their diets and make simple lifestyle changes to increase energy, control weight, reduce stress and regulate digestion. Follow Christine on Instagram @veggiefixation.


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