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Quick Romesco Sauce

This garlicky Spanish sauce is delicious over baked potatoes, veggie burgers, and roasted vegetables. You can also use it as an appetizer dip or a sandwich spread.



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1 large dried ancho chile
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2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
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½ cup chopped red onion
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1 tsp. sweet paprika
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1 pimiento (whole jarred sweet red pepper), drained and chopped
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4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp.)
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¼ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
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1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
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1 slice whole-grain bread
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¼ cup toasted sliced almonds
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2 ½ tsp. sherry vinegar


1. Place ancho chile in small bowl, and cover with boiling water. Soak 10 minutes, or until soft. Drain, remove stem and seeds, and thinly slice.

2. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion, paprika, and ancho chile; sauté 6 minutes, or until onion turns golden. Add pimiento and garlic, then broth; cook 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Stir in tomatoes and their juice. Tear bread into small pieces, and add to skillet, along with almonds. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 10 to 12 minutes.

4. Stir in vinegar and remaining 1 Tbs. oil. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Transfer mixture to food processor, and pulse until chunky-smooth.

Nutrition Information: 

4 g
Total Fat: 
10 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
18 g
0 mg
206 mg
6 g
6 g
Makes 2 cups