Easy Homemade Romesco Sauce Recipe Romesco sauce is as versatile as it is tasty; however, the best sauces aren’t those bought in a jar at the supermarket, they’re the ones that are made from scratch. And the great news is that Romesco sauce is actually super simple to make and requires little preparation and effort. So, even if you’ve had a busy day at work, this sauce can be easily made in under an hour. Most of that time, the ingredients are spent in the oven so you can focus on making your main meal, pouring a glass of wine and relaxing for 30 minutes before dinner.Jump to recipe >What is Romesco Sauce?Romesco is a Spanish tomato-based sauce, made with roasted tomatoes, garlic, almonds, chillies and red peppers. Traditionally, Ñora peppers are used, but red bell peppers (capsicums) can be used instead.Originating from Valls, Tarragona, Catalonia, fishermen from this local area are believed to have created this sauce to be eaten with fish, but today it can be enjoyed with a wider variety of foods. Plus, Romesco sauce is vegan and vegetarian.What to eat Romesco Sauce with?Romesco sauce goes well with a wide variety of dishes and can be enjoyed on its own as a snack or a healthy dip. Other foods to enjoy with Romesco include:As a dip with crisps, celery, carrot or cucumber sticksFish – try it with salmon, barramundi or shellfishPork chopsRoasted chicken or rolled chicken breastBBQ meats – burgers, sausages, kebabsGrilled or raw vegetablesBaked potatoesUse as a pasta sauceUse on top of a salad as a dressingSandwich spreadIn soupsOn scrambled eggs with thick crusty breadTools for making homemade Romesco sauceRomesco sauce is extremely easy to make and you only require a few tools:Baking tray, lined with baking paperFrying pan (optional for toasting almonds)A hot ovenChopping board and knifeBlender or food processor (or pestle and mortar)Dish for serving the sauce inHow to make Spanish Romesco sauceSpanish Romesco sauce is so simple to make and relatively quick. You can easily make the sauce ahead of time and it can keep in the fridge for up to five days.Your tomatoes, capsicum, chillies, garlic and Spanish red onion all need to be roasted in the oven until the skins start to turn black. Once roasted, the skins are peeled and then all the ingredients along with olive oil, sherry vinegar, smoked Paprika, a slice of stale bread and toasted almonds are blitzed in a blender until it forms a coarse paste.You can also use a pestle and mortar to make this Spanish sauce to be truly authentic.Easy Homemade Romesco Sauce Recipe | Serves 4 | Easy | 1 hourIngredients:½ Spanish onion1 Red capsicum, sliced into approx. 3 or 4 long pieces2 Red Chillies3 Cloves of garlic, peeled2 Gourmet tomatoes½ cup raw peeled almonds2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil1 tablespoon sherry vinegar1 slice good quality stale bread, broken into small pieces½ teaspoon smoked paprika¾ teaspoon saltMethodPreheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a baking tray with baking paper.Place the half Spanish onion, whole Gourmet tomatoes, red chillies and capsicum slices onto the baking paper. Place the garlic underneath the capsicum to avoid it burning. Place the baking tray into the oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the skins start to blacken.Meanwhile, lightly toast the almonds in a frying pan or in the oven for approximately 5 minutes. Let them cool.Once blackened, remove baking tray from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes. Once cool, peel the skins off the chillies, capsicum and tomatoes and discard.Place the peeled tomatoes, chillies, capsicum, Spanish red onion and garlic into a blender along with the remaining ingredients (toasted almonds, extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp sherry vinegar, bread, smoked Paprika and salt) and blend to achieve a coarse paste, scraping down the sides if necessary. Add more sherry vinegar, olive oil or smoked paprika as desired.Transfer into a dish and cool in the refrigerator ready for use.How long does romesco sauce keep?Romesco sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to five days. Alternatively, freeze it for up to two months; however, it tastes best fresh.Alternative ingredients for a Romesco sauceInstead of almonds, try adding hazelnuts, pine nuts or walnutsTraditionally, Romesco sauce is not spicy, but feel free to add some cayenne pepper or extra chillies for a slight kickAdd more tomatoes for a thinner and milder sauceIf you can’t find sherry vinegar, cider vinegar or red wine vinegar can also workCraving more food inspiration? View my latest recipes.