Magic Romesco Sauce

 Easy, delicious romesco sauce with Dr. Ayala's Magic Spice for extra protein, antioxidants and B12

Easy, delicious romesco sauce with Dr. Ayala's Magic Spice for extra protein, antioxidants and B12

A Romesco sauce is a traditional Spanish (Catalan) roasted pepper and nut sauce. Here I give it a modern twist and a few shortcuts. Ayala's Magic Spice replaces the long list of spices and adds color and a nutrition and flavor boost.

Feel free to use jarred roasted bell peppers -- they're tasty and perfect for this. The tomato paste is a nutrient-dense easy replacement for charred tomatoes, and since tasty tomatoes aren't always around, you can count on it. I tried this sauce once with only hazelnuts instead of the almonds, pine-nut and hazelnut mix I usually used, just because I ran out of the rest that day, and never looked back.

It is such a versatile sauce! I love it on toasted bread, on rice, couscous or pasta and on roasted veggies. 

INGREDIENTS

  • ½  cup roasted hazelnuts, skins rubbed off (as much as possible)
  • 1 slice toasted whole wheat bread, broken into pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 roasted bell peppers, peeled and seeded (jarred is FINE)
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • A pinch of pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoon Ayala's Magic Spice
  • Salt to taste

PREPARATION

Place all the ingredients in the food processor, and pulse until it's texturally right for you: I like it a little chunky, but you may opt for smooth.  

Taste and correct seasoning by adding more hot pepper flakes or salt.

Enjoy, Dr. Ayala