A tomato-based sauce that originated in the Catalonia region of Spain, Romesco has a rich, nutty, and slightly sweet flavor thanks to the addition of bell peppers and almonds. The sweetness is balanced out with a dash of vinegar, cayenne pepper, and garlic. It goes particularly well with dishes like roasted vegetables, and these grilled chicken tenders

Martha Stewart Living, May 2021


Credit: David Malosh

Recipe Summary

15 mins
25 mins
Makes 1 cup


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Roast bell pepper directly over a gas flame, or on a rimmed baking sheet directly under the broiler, turning several times, until blackened all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl or resealable plastic bag; cover or seal and let stand 10 minutes. Remove stem and seeds, then peel and discard blackened skin (a paper towel makes quick work of this). Tear pepper into pieces.

  • Pulse garlic and almonds in a food processor until finely chopped. Add roasted pepper, tomatoes, vinegar, cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Purée until smooth. With motor running, slowly add oil through feed tube until combined, a few seconds. Serve, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 5 days.

Cook's Notes

To skip the step of roasting and peeling a fresh bell pepper, use one store-bought roasted red or two store-bought roasted piquillo peppers instead.