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Romesco Sauce


This slightly sweet, mildly spicy sauce hails from Tarragona, a coastal city in Spain, where it is most often served with fish.

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  • Yield: Makes 2 cups

Source: Everyday Food, March 2007


  • 3/4 cup blanched slivered almonds
  • 2 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
  • 1 slice white sandwich bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes in juice, drained well and squeezed to remove seeds
  • 1/4 cup jarred pimientos, drained
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook almonds, garlic, and bread, tossing frequently, until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool completely.

  2. Place almond mixture in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add tomatoes, pimientos, vinegar, paprika, and cayenne; process until smooth. With motor running, gradually add oil; process until combined. Season with salt and pepper. To store, refrigerate up to 1 week, or freeze.

Cook's Notes

To freeze: Spoon 2 tablespoons mixture into each section of an ice-cube tray. Freeze at least 1 hour; transfer cubes to a resealable plastic bag, and freeze up to 3 months. You can also freeze sauce in airtight containers, leaving 1/2 inch of space, up to 3 months. Cubes thaw in 15 minutes at room temperature; thaw larger quantities in the microwave or in the refrigerator overnight.

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