Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe

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This super creamy, flavorful Romesco Sauce recipe is made with almond butter for ease and convenience! Romesco has many uses as we’ll cover in this vibrant recipe post! This vegan recipe comes from my cookbook, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.

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🥣 What is Romesco?

Romesco is a sauce with its roots in Catalonia, Spain. While traditionally made with whole nuts, we use almond butter as an easier, but just as delicious spin!

a top view of a ceramic dish filled orange red spanish romesco sauce

📖  Features

  • Super creamy.
  • Quick and easy to make.
  • Nutrient-dense.
  • Rich and flavorful.
  • Versatile and can be used a variety of ways.
  • Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and soy-free.
a bowl filled with red smoky romesco

🥘 Ingredient Notes

Roasted red peppers: I like to use a nice jar of organic roasted red peppers, but you can certainly roast your own red peppers if you prefer!

Tomatoes: This alongside the roasted red peppers really forms the base of this sauce. I do not recommend omitting, but in a pinch, a handful of cherry tomatoes, canned diced tomatoes or even tomato paste will do.

Almond butter: Be certain to use a nice thick and creamy salt-free variety. If you are allergic to almonds, any nut or seed butter will do in a pinch!

Olive oil: This is a good recipe to use a higher quality olive oil in, as the better the quality, the better the romesco!

Parsley: This fresh herb adds a bit of freshness, but can be omitted for a still-tasty sauce if you do not have it on hand.

Sun dried tomatoes: This adds a delightful smokiness and tanginess to the recipe that is hard to duplicate, so I do not recommend omitting it.

Smoked paprika: I only recommend using the smoked variety of paprika over the Hungarian variety, as you really need that extra dash of smokiness to make the sauce what it is.

For full ingredients list and instructions, refer to the recipe card toward the bottom of this post.

a wooden spoon scooping out almond butter romesco sauce from a ceramic bowl

🍽 Romesco Sauce Uses

This delicious sauce can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some of our favorite ways to use Romesco:

Here’s a list of the best Spanish tapas, perfect for serving alongside romesco! And if you need a refreshing Spanish dish, why not try gazpacho!

a hand holding a bowl of vibrant vegan romesco sauce

💭 FAQ and Expert Tips

How do I store Romesco Sauce?

This sauce is great served right away or can be stored in the fridge in air-tight containers for up to one week.

a wooden spoon stuck in a bowl of spanish romesco

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thick and creamy romesco sauce on wooden spoon lit by light
almond romesco sauce

Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

A super creamy Romesco Sauce recipe made with almond butter for ease and convenience! This delicious vegan condiment can be used on pizza, pasta, sandwiches and more!
4.98 from 88 votes
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Spanish
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1 16-ounce jar roasted red peppers
  • 2 medium tomatoes halved
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup packed fresh parsley stems included
  • 2 teaspoons sun-dried tomatoes roughly chopped (they blend better this way)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or pink salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes (optional) add if you want a slight spicy kick


  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  • Use right away or keep stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


This recipe can also be found in my cookbook The Vegetarian Family Cookbook (where I also serve it over my favorite cauliflower gnocchi recipe!).
Please refer to the post above for my favorite uses for this sauce!
You might like: Boom Boom Sauce.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 757IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This is a great sauce especially as you said served with potato pasta it nicely compliments everything we use it for thanks

  2. 5 stars
    Oh yum! Such a vibrant and easy sauce. I especially love that flavor from the smoked paprika.

  3. 5 stars
    since I made this sauce for the first time it has become my go-to sauce for my sandwiches! Love it!

  4. 5 stars
    Have never tried romesco sauce but it looks so packed with flavor! Love that it’s a healthy vegan version. Can’t wait to try this out!

  5. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! I love that it’s such a crowd pleaser for the whole family

  6. 5 stars
    This sauce is amazing – so rich and layered with smokey goodness! I could eat a whole bowl of it – pasta optional.

  7. 5 stars
    I love this recipe and want to make a big batch!! Will the texture stay okay if I freeze some for later?

    1. I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you. From my experience, yes. I like to freeze it and I actually toss it with pasta while still frozen and it thaws and mixes in beautifully. I’ve never detected a difference in texture. I hope this helps! 🙂