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Romesco Sauce

The first time I ever heard of romesco sauce was about a year ago, when I stopped into Noodles & Company on my lunch break because I heard they served zucchini noodles. I was intrigued – zoodles topped with a magical-sounding sauce containing almonds, roasted red peppers, garlic, and spices. It did not disappoint! The bold and flavorful sauce won me over, and I was on a mission to recreate this delicious dish.

I tried a few different variations and this one came out the best. Plus, it’s super easy to prepare! All you need is a food processor or high-speed blender. Choose organic ingredients when possible to ensure you’re still eating clean while enjoying this tasty sauce. The addition of cannellini beans adds protein as well as a nice creamy texture, while the bold flavors of the fire roasted red peppers and smoked paprika really make this sauce pop!

I’ve used this a number of ways – it makes a fabulous dip for raw or blanched vegetables (I used blistered shishito peppers, raw carrots, and blanched asparagus for a friend’s party appetizers). This makes a hearty sauce to top zoodles and meatballs. I also love it on white fish such as halibut. It’s also delicious smeared on crusty bread or with crackers.

Romesco Sauce

Romesco Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This zesty and versatile sauce is super easy to prepare and packed with flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained
  • 12 oz. roasted red peppers from a water-packed jar, drained
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Using a food processor or high-speed blender, add all of the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 152mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary per preparation.

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