5 Minute Romesco Sauce

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Romesco Sauce! Roasted red peppers, plum tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt, and a squeeze of lemon juice? Put this on everything = food goals achieved.


Here’s the deal. This beautiful thing I’m showing you is called Romesco Sauce and it is in the business of saving the Summer Meal.

You know, the Summer Meal for the day where you’ve been outside all day or a lot of the day or, to be honest, none of the day (!!!!) which means that now it’s 6pm and you need to get outside ASAP because SUMMER IS AMAZING. It’s the day when the best possible meal would be one that could involve as little time as possible indoors.

Romesco sauce in jars with a spoon.

Related Terms –> Grills. Sunsets. Margs. Chicken. Brats. Veggies. Sangria. Decks. Potatoes. Burgers. Juicy Lucys (Minnesota represent). Friends. Music. Smores. Bonfires. Help I can’t stop drinking romesco sauce.

Romesco sauce in jars.

How To Make Romesco Happen

Let’s get this happening up in your life right. now.

Do you have a blender? And do you have a small spatula to preserve every last lick? Awesome – then we are set.

Plop these items in your blender or food processor. Give them a go-round a few times till everything gets nice and friendly with each other:

  • Roasted red peppers – you can make your own and we’ll all be proud of you! but it’s summer and the whole point here is to NOT spend a ton of time in the kitchen so the rest of us will be over here with our jarred roasted red peppers and we’ll be proud of ourselves, too.
  • Plum tomatoes – canned is fine but HECK YES it’s summer and HECK YES there are tomatoes growing in your garden and HECK YES you can use them here.
  • Almonds – they make it more textured and more thickened and generally just satisfying and interesting. which is just how I like my food.
  • Olive oil – we’re talking creamy-like emulsion here. DREAMS COMING TRUE.
  • Lemon juicegarlic, parsley, and salt – the makers of good-tasting food.


Romesco Sauce Ingredients in a blender.
Romesco Sauce in a blender.

And just like that, you made the ultimate sauce with which you can create hundreds of summer meals. YOU ROCK!

What To Serve with Romesco

Do we even need to talk about what this sauce could be paired with or is your mind already spinning with ideas? (Leave a comment I’m greedy for your ideas 👇 )

Most recently, I had this Romesco Sauce over chicken mozzarella meatballs (but for real) and crispy potatoes which basically makes the BEST combo for meal prep. In case you’re wondering, I made broccoli to go with it which conveniently got charred to a crisp and wasn’t able to join the party. Some things are just not meant to be, amiright?

Romesco Sauce plus poached eggs sound pretty amazing, as does grilled chicken slash grilled ANYTHING with a shmear of this over top.

This is the lifesaver of the Summer Meal and I think you’re going to love it because around here we are lovers of all the sauces. Cheers to you and your Romesco Sauce adventures. Go forth and be saucy!

Romesco sauce on a spoon.

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Common Questions About Romesco Sauce

Can I make this without nuts?

Yes, you could sub in sunflower or pumpkin seeds/pepitas. Some classic romesco sauces actually use a piece of crusty bread to thicken the sauce as well, so that’s an option as well if you’re not gluten-free!

Can I roast my own peppers instead of using jarred?

Look at you, fancy! Yes, you can. A jar of roasted red peppers *should* be about two peppers, but feel free to weigh out 12 ounces after roasting.

Can I used canned plum tomatoes instead of fresh?

Yep! Highly recommend those summer-fresh tomatoes though.

How long will this keep in the fridge?

This will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.

Can this sauce be frozen?

Yes! If frozen, it will keep for about 6 months.

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5 Minute Romesco Sauce

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups sauce (about 4 servings) 1x


Romesco Sauce! Ready in 5 minutes and perfect for serving with grilled chicken, vegetables, crispy potatoes, eggs, and more. Made with roasted red peppers, plum tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt, parsley. vegan / vegetarian.


  • 1 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • 4 small plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice of half a lemon


  1. Pulse everything together in a blender until it’s texturally right for you (I like it right between chunky and smooth – I leave a little texture with the almonds, but it’s mostly a smooth emulsion).
  2. Serve hot or cold with grilled chicken and vegetables, crispy potatoes, eggs… the possibilities are endless.



You can used sliced almonds but since you’ll be able to pack more into a cup, use about 3/4 cup vs. the whole almonds where you would use a full cup. This is a very forgiving recipe. Add or subtract as you like, but the almonds do help thicken the whole thing so don’t omit those!

If you have a nut allergy, try sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds instead.

  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Keywords: romesco sauce, easy romesco sauce

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    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I would just leave the nuts out if allergies are an issue. You can leave nuts out of pesto and other sauces like this. To thicken it up, maybe add a little finely grated parmesan – but I’ll bet it would be great without the nuts.

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        Virginia Hernandez

        We enjoyed the romesco sauce recipe and can’t wait to also try it on other foods.
        Thank you

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        I like the idea with roasted chick peas! Then this would be a great school friendly sauce!

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Classic Romesco used a slice or so of bread to give texture and thickness to the sauce. Use that in stead of the nuts.

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      J J

      You could put a few cubes of ciabatta… if it’s stale or toasted, it’ll add more texture… but roasted chickpeas sounds good too…

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    This Romesco sauce on a spinach and goat cheese pizza?! Yes please.

    My taste buds thank you in advance.

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    Holly Deffenbaugh

    I love this post. A sauce elevates a dish and now I have a handful of options to create endless possibilities! And the best part is that all of these sauces look easy and something I can make in large batches to have on hand for various uses.

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    My first introduction to Romesco was when it was served over sweet potato ravioli. Don’t forget about pasta when you are thinking of ways to use this sauce…

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      So easy to make and adjust to taste. Going to check out your other sauce recipes!

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    Vicki Marshall

    Have just bought all the ingredients for the Romesco Sauce. When adding the tinned tomatoes & red peppers do I also add the liquid in the jars?

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    Love it. Couldn’t be bothered getting out the blender so used the nutribullet. Love it more than the roasted red pepper sauce. Having it in my grilled cheese sandwich as we speak

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hi, this recipe looks delicious. I have one question, are you using whole unpeeled almonds?