Romesco Sauce

// Romesco Sauce

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

3 mins

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This Spanish sauce boasts the robust flavors of roasted red peppers, tangy sherry vinegar, and toasted nuts. Almonds and whole garlic cloves quickly toast in the microwave, softening the aromatics in the time it takes to heat a skillet on the stovetop. Prepare a generous batch, freeze it in an Anytime Tray, and have it ready for later use!

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1-2 cups

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • ¼ cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and whole
  • ¼ cup (55g) raw slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1½ cups (185g) roasted red peppers, drained
  • ¼ cup (60ml/g) crushed tomatoes
  • Salt, as needed
  • Black pepper, as needed


  1. Place the oil, garlic, almonds, smoked paprika, and cayenne in the Anyday dish and mix to combine.
  2. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave for 3 minutes, or until almonds begin to toast and garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend with an immersion blender (or regular blender) until the texture is as smooth or chunky as you like. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Allow the sauce to cool and use as desired.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • For added texture, add chopped black olives or capers after blending.
  • Add fresh basil and toss with small mozzarella pearls for a quick antipasto dish.
  • Use it as the base for your favorite shakshuka recipe.

Recipe notes

  • Save Time with Anytime Trays: Allow sauce to cool, for about 10-15 minutes. Portion sauce evenly into the Anytime Trays, cover with lid, and freeze.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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