So, what is roasted red pepper?
It is a condiment usually added or mixed to almost any kind of food—from meats, chicken, fish, bread, pasta, and many more.
Roasted red pepper sauce is also usually used to enhance spiciness in dishes such as marinades, dips, casseroles, other sauces, and even beverages!
Moreover, roasted red pepper sauce can come in different forms—from store-bought brands, homemade versions, and even gluten-free, paleo, and vegan-friendly iterations.
One can say that roasted red pepper sauce is a versatile condiment in the kitchen, in our dishes, and eventually on our palate.
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Mechanics
If you’re curious about how to make roasted red pepper sauce, particularly what roasted red pepper sauce is made of, let us be your guide!
The first step is to start by selecting the red peppers you will be using as the base of your roasted red pepper sauce—cayenne pepper, red bell pepper, and red chili pepper are the usual variations that commonly comprise roasted red pepper sauce.
Once you have selected your kind of peppers, slice them in half and remove their stems and seeds.
Place the freshly-sliced peppers on top of a baking sheet and some onions and cloves of garlic. Brush them with olive oil and roast in the oven for at least 25 minutes.
After roasting, set aside the peppers and peel them once cooled. This is to avoid bits of hard and bitter pepper skin that might hinder the flavor of your roasted red pepper sauce and, eventually, your dish. Also, make sure that the roasted red peppers’ skin is darker in color.
Lastly, you are going to dump your red peppers, onions, garlic, and other ingredients (such as parmesan, basil, lemon juice, and olive oil) into a food processor and puree them until they smooth—or depending on whether you like roasted red pepper sauce chunkier in terms of texture.
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Uses
But what do you put red roasted pepper sauce on? Or how do you even use roasted pepper sauce?
Well, roasted red pepper sauce is usually used on pasta sauces (particularly meat-based dishes). It is also used or added on pizzas and turkey, chicken, or sausage sandwiches.
Roasted red pepper sauce can also be served with chicken fajitas, steak, shrimp, and other seafood.
Lastly, your roasted red pepper sauce can be used as the main ingredient, not a condiment. You can do this by making a roasted red pepper sauce soup.
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce for Pasta
As mentioned above, roasted red pepper sauce can be used in various dishes, particularly as a pasta’s foundation instead of its usual tomato sauce.
So if you’re wondering how to make roasted red pepper sauce for pasta, then just grab the following ingredients:
- Three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- One onion, chopped
- Four cloves of garlic, chopped
- One tablespoon of fresh sage, chopped
- 3 to 5 anchovies, or two teaspoons of anchovy paste
- Two tablespoons of tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups red wine
- 4 cups roasted red peppers (jarred or freshly roasted)
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or hot paprika
- Grated cheese (Parmesan, pecorino, manchego, etc.)
- Some minced fresh sage for garnish
Let’s start cooking by soaking your jarred peppers for about 10-15 minutes in a large bowl of cold water. Make sure to remove the peppers from the jar’s marinade.
For three minutes, saute your onions in a heated pan greased with your olive oil. Season the onions with salt from time to time while doing so.
Mix the garlic, sage, and anchovies into the pan. Let the mixture cook for a minute. Afterward, add the tomato paste and stir the pan again for at least 3 minutes until the mixture becomes redder.
Once ready, incorporate the red wine into the mixture and stir it again, starting with heat up to high until it boils down by half. Then you could add the jarred red peppers into the mix and adjust the heat to medium. Let the pan and its contents simmer for at least 15-20 minutes so that the flavor settles and the red peppers soften.
Place the mixture into a food processor and puree it for at least 1-2 minutes while scraping the interior’s side. Once the sauce becomes smooth, return it to the pan, add the spices, and eventually serve it with your pasta.
You can garnish your pasta with roasted red pepper sauce with cheese of your choosing and other spices.
Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo Sauce
If you prefer your pasta sauce to be creamier than your usual spaghetti, penne, linguine, or fettucini dishes, why not try a variation of the typical pasta alfredo? This time made with roasted red pepper.
So how do you make roasted red pepper alfredo sauce?
Let us first list down our ingredients:
- Two large red bell peppers
- Two tablespoons of minced garlic
- ¼ cup fresh basil
- Three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups half-and-half
- ¼ cup grated Romano cheese
- Four tablespoons butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
Once you have procured all of the ingredients, it’s time to cook this exciting variation of pasta alfredo.
Firstly, you would have to roast your red peppers with the procedure above—by removing their membranes, stem, and seeds; lathering them up with olive oil; adding garlic and onions; ensuring that their skin is blackened; processing them in a blender until smooth.
In a separate pan with greased olive oil, saute the garlic, basil, and onion. Subsequently, add the freshly-made roasted red pepper sauce onto the pan, and bring to a boil. Slowly add the cheese and butter—make sure to stir the mixture well.
Let it simmer for at least five minutes. Top it off by seasoning your roasted red pepper alfredo sauce with salt and pepper.