Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
This fantastically easy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce takes 5 minutes to make, and adds instant flavor to a ton of foods. I drizzle it on Crispy Smashed Potatoes, spoon it onto Spice Rubbed Chicken, toss it with pasta and vegetables, and more. It’s made without heavy cream, and is friendly to all styles of eating (Whole30 compliant, paleo, gluten-free, etc).
Much like the Basil Vinaigrette I shared last week, this is a sauce that can go on sooooooooo many things. It’s basically flavor sauce.
Drizzle it on chicken, fish, vegetables, and so on, and boom! Flavor.
This is another recipe that I came to love during my Whole30, and I really have to thank the Whole30 for forcing me to rediscover the awesomeness of blender sauces.
Because of the restrictions of the program, you’re forced to get creative with simple and flavorful recipes, and having this sauce on hand was key to many satisfying dinners.
Tips for Best Results
Brand matters – Because we will be using purchased roasted red peppers in a jar for this recipe, quality really matters and will affect the flavor of the sauce! I have done side-by-side taste tests comparing various brands and it’s INCREDIBLE what a difference there is in flavor. My favorite brand is Divina (I have no affiliation with them).
Use the freshest ingredients possible – The other ingredients here, like the fresh basil, fresh garlic, lemon and so on, should be of peak freshness. Flavor deteriorates as these ingredients age, so try to use the freshest stuff possible.
As far as the preparation goes, it’s quite simple, and goes as follows:
Put stuff in a blender, and blend until it has a creamy texture.
See why I love it so much? It’s an easy sauce made with simple ingredients, but just wait until you taste it (seriously).
Don’t have a blender? Just use a food processor instead. It won’t be quite as smooth, but will be close enough.
Step by Step Guide:
For the prep, you’ll need roasted red bell peppers, shallot, garlic, capers, and basil:
Quick note on the peppers: make sure to use a good quality jarred roasted red pepper. I’ve seen brands where it’s a bunch of pepper scraps crammed into a jar, and in my taste tests, it wasn’t as good.
I usually use Divina brand, which I get from Whole Foods. The peppers are huge (about 3 to a jar), have those charred fire roasted bits, and are really delicious.
You may also roast your own peppers, but I’ve done it before numerous times via numerous methods (stovetop, grilling, broiling in the oven on a baking sheet), and it’s a lot of work. The flavor isn’t better than a good quality jarred option, in my opinion.
Moving on: throw those ingredients into a high-powered blender, and also add some lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and black pepper:
Blend on high for about 30-60 seconds, until completely smooth:
You can see that it’s quite a creamy sauce, thanks to those roasted peppers, but without any dairy. The sauce can now be stored in the refrigerator for one week, ready to be drizzled on whatever you’d like.
I LOVE this sauce on those Crispy Smashed Potatoes I posted the other day:
More Ways to Serve It
Drizzle on fish like Grilled Salmon, toss with cooked pasta like you would a tomato sauce, serve with roasted Spatchcock Chicken or lamb as a dipping sauce, drizzle a little bit on a fancy vegetable pizza, spread on a sandwich, or dollop a spoonful onto your Turkey Burger.
You can also drizzle this creamy roasted red pepper sauce over your favorite grain bowls.
While this delicious sauce certainly does not need it, you may certainly change up different ingredients here as you’d like.
Parmesan cheese – Add up to 1/2 cup of finely grated parmesan cheese for an extra savory umami flavor.
Nutritional yeast – Add up to 2 tbsp for a nutty flavor.
Sun-dried tomatoes – Blend in up to 1/4 cup to add a deep tomato flavor.
Vinegars – I love the brightness and subtle sweetness of the fresh lemon juice, but you may also substitute red wine vinegar, or your preferred acid.
Heat – Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.
FAQ and Tips
Yes, for up to 2 months in an airtight container. You may also choose to freeze the sauce in an ice cube tray, then you can quickly add a few cubes for sauces and such.
Store your homemade sauce in the fridge in an airtight container, or tightly covered with plastic wrap, for up to 1 week.
Yes, fresh herbs like parsley or oregano would both be great in place of the basil.
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
- 16 ounce jar roasted red peppers drained
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp minced shallot
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tbsp packed chopped fresh basil (10 leaves)
- 1 tbsp capers drained
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Juice of 1/2 lemon (3/4 oz, liquid measurement)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Place all ingredients into a blender jar.
- Blend for 30-60 seconds on high speed, until completely smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Store any leftovers in the fridge for 1 week, or freeze for 1 month.
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
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