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This roasted red pepper sauce is perfect for pasta, as a spread, or a dip! Try it with chicken, fish, fries, sandwiches and more.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Looking for a flavor-packed sauce that takes just a few minutes to make? This roasted red pepper sauce is full of zingy flavor, no cooking required! Throw a few ingredients into a blender and it makes a bright orange, tangy garlicky sauce. It’s extremely versatile: use it for a pasta sauce, as a dip for vegetables or fries, or as a sauce for fish or chicken. It makes any meal more fun!

Ingredients in this roasted red pepper sauce

This roasted red pepper sauce is similar to a romesco sauce, that Spanish sauce made with red peppers, olive oil, almonds, and garlic. In fact, it has almost the same ingredients: but this sauce has more red peppers and is lighter in texture. You’ll use an entire 16-ounce jar of roasted red peppers, but it’s worth it for the luxurious texture and flavor. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jarred roasted red peppers
  • Unsalted almonds
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Optional: heavy cream, grated Parmesan cheese
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Making it as a roasted red pepper pasta sauce

On its own, this roasted red pepper sauce makes an excellent dip for vegetables, roasted potatoes or fries, and works well as a sauce for fish or chicken. But want to serve it with pasta? Here are a few things to note:

  • Add heavy cream and/or Parmesan if serving as a pasta sauce. When you add this sauce to pasta on its own, it tastes watery and doesn’t cling to the pasta well. Adding heavy cream adds a richness that helps it adhere to pasta. A bit of grated Parmesan cheese makes for a more robust flavor when served with pasta. Go to Roasted Red Pepper Pasta.
  • Use 1 cup sauce per 8 ounces pasta. The sauce recipe below makes enough for 1 pound pasta (6 to 8 servings).
Roasted red pepper pasta
To 8 ounces pasta, add 1 cup roasted red pepper sauce with ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese and optional 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Ways to serve it

Once you’ve blended up this tasty roasted red pepper sauce, there are so many tasty ways to enjoy it. Here are some ideas:

And that’s it! Let us know how you serve it.

More pepper recipes

Love a good bell pepper recipe? Here are a few more ways to eat this tasty veggie:

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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


This roasted red pepper sauce is perfect for pasta, as a spread, or a dip! Try it with chicken, fish, fries, sandwiches and more.


  • 16-ounce jar roasted red peppers, liquid drained
  • ¼ cup roasted unsalted almonds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons heavy cream or ¼ to ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese*


  1. Place the garlic in the blender and blend until finely chopped. 
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend. Taste and adjust salt as necessary. 


*If you’re using this sauce for pasta, the cream is helpful for adhering to pasta. We suggest blending in both the cream and Parmesan cheese to make this a pasta sauce. If you’re using it as a dip or sauce for protein, these ingredients aren’t necessary. The 2 cups of sauce works with 1 pound pasta.

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Sauce
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Roasted red pepper sauce, roasted red pepper pasta sauce, red pepper sauce, red pepper pasta sauce

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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