Monday, 5 March 2018

Roasted Pepper Sauce - Vegan & Gluten free

Bell peppers, also known as capsicum are basically peppers of less pungent varieties which are available in different colors such as yellow, red, green, purple and orange. All the varieties of bell peppers including the red ones are green in color when unripe. Green and purple peppers are slightly bitter in taste whereas red, yellow and orange have a sweeter and fruity taste. Among all the colors, red bell peppers are used in a variety of dishes due to their mild, sweet and crispy flavor. On ripening they turn into bright red in color with a core inside containing plenty of seeds.

Red peppers are incredibly versatile in the kitchen and can be included in any food along with other veggies. Apart from making the dishes attractive and delicious, this bright and glossy veggie is a storehouse of nutrients. Though green bell peppers are widely consumed, red bell peppers are much more nutritious and have comparatively sweeter taste. Some of the health benefits of red bell peppers are 
  • Contain more than 200 percent of our daily vitamin C intake.
  • A great source of vitamin B6 and folate which help to prevent anemia.
  • Helps in healthy night vision due to high in vitamin A.
  • Packed with antioxidants, so these become a top notch super-food.
  • One of the highest lycopene content veggie which in turn helps to prevent many cancers like lung and prostate.
  • Helps in weight loss by burning more calories. 

So with all the listed health benefits, I decided to make a sauce as Roasted Pepper Sauce using these red beauties. I can assure you that this is such a delicious sauce which can be the star of any dish. Basically, red bell peppers are roasted completely and then blend into a smooth texture along with some garlic, shallots and some seasonings. The roasting brings out the natural sweetness in the  peppers, so no sugar is needed. But if the sauce tastes slightly bitter (bitterness depends upon the ripeness of red bell pepper, more ripe means less bitter), then some sugar can be added to the sauce for balancing the taste.

This roasted pepper sauce is a versatile sauce and can be used as pasta sauce, dip, pizza sauce, sandwich spread etc. The preparation method is so simple yet results in super flavorful sauce. The sauce once made can be stored in an air tight container and kept in the refrigerator for almost a week. So do try this roasted pepper sauce and give your valuable feedback either in the comment box below or tag me as #firsttimercook on Instagram. Lets go in details method of preparation of the simply delicious roasted pepper sauce.

Preparation Time : 5 mins  |  Cooking Time : 30 mins

Ingredients :        

Red bell pepper
4 no
Garlic clove
2 no
3 no
Red chili flake
As needed
Olive oil
2 tbsp
As needed

Method :
  1. Wash and clean the red bell peppers.
  2. In a pan, first dry roast the peppers for around 15-20 minutes till charred all around.
  3. Then pour some oil and again roast for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the fully roasted peppers to a plate and keep covered for 10 times.
  5. After 10 minutes or when the peppers cool enough to handle, then peel off the charred skins using fingers. 
  6. Slice the peppers into halves, discard all the seeds and membrane.
  7. Roughly chop the peppers and keep aside.
  8. Next in another pan heat oil.
  9. Add chopped garlic, shallots and fry for few minutes.
  10. Next add chopped peppers, red chili flakes and combine well.
  11. Turn off heat and let the mixture cool for at least 10 minutes.
  12. Transfer everything from the pan into a blender jar, add in salt and blend until smooth. 
  13. Refrigerate this roasted pepper sauce in an air-tight container for later use like pasta sauce, dip, pizza sauce, sandwich spread !

Notes :

  • I have not added any sugar here. But if the sauce tastes slightly bitter (bitterness depends upon the ripeness of red bell pepper, more ripe means less bitter), then add some sugar and blend again.
  • Any dry or fresh herbs seasoning can be added like oregano, basil. I do prefer the sauce flavor without adding the herbs.

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This Roasted Pepper Sauce recipe is contributed for 134th Foodie Monday Blog Hop where the theme is 'Pasta Sauces'.


  1. That is one yummy sauce you have here. Will taste great with lot many things.

  2. I do prepare a simliar pasta sauce using grilled colored bell peppers and add cream also to it . I loved the vibrant colour of your sauce Sasmita..this is a keeper recipe for sure .

  3. Looks lovely.. It can be used as a dipping sauce and even added to curries to enhance the flavour.

  4. What a yummy sauce.. lovely Presentation.. nicely explained the recipe.

  5. I am yet to try a bell pepper sauce recipe. This one looks great and done perfectly. Bookmarking your recipe.

  6. Can be used in many dishes...great recipe...lovely clicks :)

  7. Such an aromatic roasted pepper sauce, simple love to have with anything especially with tortilla chips.

  8. Loved your roasted bell pepper sauce. Looks so delicious and love that this versitail and vegan:)

  9. So true, Bell peppers are so versatile. Sometimes I add bell pepper puree in biryani to enhance the flavour. Your sauce looks so delicious and I am sure, roasting would have given a lovely aroma too. YUM !

  10. Never knew bell peppers were such powerhouses! I am now adding them daily into my omelette and dinner since I have fallen in love with its flavors, something I never liked before! The sauce is simple yet so flavorful...

  11. Sauce looks yummy. Loved the colour. I use roasted capsicum in my salsa sauce with little ketchup. This sounds more healthy because you didn't use sugar. Lovely share.

  12. Colorful sauce on Color festival Holi. I always search for coloured peppers which is not easy to get here in our market. But when I see, I buy in bulk and keep. Next time I get these red beauties, sauce will be in my kitchen.

  13. I love the smoky flavor of roasted red bell peppers. Such a flavorful sauce.

  14. Looks yummy.. The Vegan sauce will be the best Dip ever. Love that chilli flakes toping in it..

  15. The sauce looks so beautiful! I've never used capsicum in my pasta sauce before.. sounds interesting! :)

  16. This pasta sauce is so versatile. Fabulous colour.Thanks for sharing the benefits of red bell pepper in such a details and an easy recipe.

  17. such a simple recipe with bursting flavors... loving it

  18. Looks perfect and yummy,,. Will be trying this out soon..

  19. This sauce looks so awesome!So wonderful!The colour is so beautiful!

  20. This roasted pepper sauce looks so tasty and its so very versatile.Roasting veggies does give them a beautiful taste.

  21. Roasted red pepper sauce with all the flavourful ingredients sounds delicious. I love this sauce with samosa too :)

  22. Love that colour of the sauce. Bell Peppers are excellent for health and loved reading the health benefits of the same. I bet the pasta / noodles will be excellent with the addition of this sauce. Beautiful clicks Sasmita.

  23. This is yummy sauce and so handy. I can vouch it will liked by kids as well.

  24. That is such a simple, yet flavorful and yummy sauce. I make a similar sauce but add some almonds or peanuts for creaminess. That last pic with the sauce on noodles look inviting.

  25. We are huge fans of bell peppers.I usually make chutney with red bell peppers but now this sounds like a delicious idea. Will also use it for pastas.

  26. The sauce looks awesome easy... love the color

  27. roasted pepper chutney great, color very tempting and presented very well.

  28. I usually combine roasted tomato and red pepper to make the sauce. Like your recipe of using just the peppers. Love the photos.

  29. Love the vibrant orange on a bed of white pasta! Delicious and fragrant!