1-Minute Romesco Sauce

updated Apr 27, 2020
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Quick Romesco Sauce

This 3-ingredient version of classic romesco sauce makes grilled and roasted dishes sing.

Makes1 cup

Prep5 minutes

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Jar of romesco sauce on counter
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Romesco is a scrappy Spanish sauce that you should know and love. Traditionally made with stale, toasted bread and blackened vegetables, it brings an earthy, sweet flavor to everything it touches. This shortcut version relies on store-bought staples to provide the same craveable flavor with much less fuss.

Romesco is delicious as a dip for crackers and raw vegetables, and it pairs particularly well with grilled foods and seafood. It instantly elevates steamed or grilled vegetables, and can dress salads and grain bowls to make them more vibrant and exciting. Here’s how to make the easiest romesco ever.

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The Easiest 3-Ingredient Romesco Sauce

If you think of romesco as a smoky red pepper pesto, you’ll have no problem finding an excuse to keep it on hand. You can meal prep this sauce and eat it throughout the week, or make a batch just for the few recipes below.

Jarred roasted red peppers in olive oil are the primary ingredient here. Blending the whole jar would be a delicious sauce alone, but adding a bit of almond butter and paprika gives the finished sauce body and a bit more smoky flavor.

Try These Recipes with Your 3-Ingredient Romesco

Quick Romesco Sauce

This 3-ingredient version of classic romesco sauce makes grilled and roasted dishes sing.

Prep time 5 minutes

Makes 1 cup

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) jar

    roasted red peppers in olive oil

  • 1/4 cup

    smooth almond butter

  • 1 teaspoon

    smoked paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Place 1 jar roasted red peppers (include the oil), 1/4 cup almond butter, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a blender and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.