Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (No-Cook!)
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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce – Not only fantastic for dipping chips and veggies, bagels, toast, and sandwiches, it is a quick no-cook SAUCE for pasta, zoodles, and grilled meats!
Why Roasted Red Peppers?
So, apparently I have a thing for red peppers. While writing out this recipe, I became blatantly aware of how many red pepper recipes I have shared on A Spicy Perspective. (Not to mention this Red Pepper Sauce.)
Let’s see… There’s:
- Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup
- Spicy Feta Dip with Roasted Red Peppers
- Pollo Rojo
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Beer Chili with Red Bell Peppers
- Stuffed Poblanos with Red Pepper Puree
- Peach Chipotle Salsa
- Grilled Fattoush
- Strawberry Chipotle Jam and a handful of others.
So I like red peppers of all varieties, no big deal. I can stop anytime I want.
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
This Roasted Red Pepper Dip started out with a bag of bagels.
I had bagels. I had cream cheese. Yet something was missing.
What could possibly make cream cheese even better? You guessed it… Roasted reds, baby!
A puree of cheese, roasted red peppers and spice makes a tangy Roasted Red Pepper Dip that begs to be slathered over bread and veggies.
It transforms a plain turkey sandwich into something AMAZING.
No Cook Method
Plus, after making it a few times I discovered it also acts as a fabulous No-Cook Red Pepper Sauce for pasta or raw vegetable noodles.
You can thin it out by simply stirring in a little broth, water, or reserved pasta water to make it smooth creamy low-effort high-impact sauce that tastes amazing on everything.
The Fab Five Ingredients
This easy no-cook recipe requires only 5 ingredients (+ salt) and less than 5 minutes to make.
- Cream Cheese
- Roasted Red Peppers drained and dried
- Hot Smoked Paprika
- Garlic Clove
- Cayenne Pepper + Salt
How to Make This Sauce
- Measure: Put all the ingredients into the food processor.
- Blend: Puree the ingredients until they are smooth.
- Serve: Place it in a bowl for dipping, toss it with pasta, or spoon in over proteins.
It is literally one of the easiest and most delicious recipes you will find on this website! It is also one of my favorites!
How Do You Eat This Recipe?
You’ll find all sorts of delicious ways to enjoy it.
Scoop it up as a pepper dip with raw veggies, pita wedges, or potato chips.
Toss it with zoodles.
Spoon it over grilled fish, pork, chicken, or steaks.
Or slather it on bagels and english muffins.
What About the Sauce?
You might be asking yourself, if this is a pepper dip, then how does it turn into a sauce?
Doesn’t that mean there needs to be another part of the recipe? Well, you are right! Here is the last step for you!
If you want to make this thick spreadable dip into a sauce for raw zoodles, then you just add ¼ to ½ cup water to thin out the dip into the sauce. Then just add it to the zoodles and mix together for an amazing vegetable pasta dish!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I roast red bell peppers?
Roasted peppers is a fairly easy process. I have a whole post for How to Roast Red Peppers. All you have to do is follow this easy tutorial… It is much easier than you might think it would be! You can also find jarred roasted red peppers in your local grocery store or even off of amazon, just depending on what you would rather do!
Can you use any other cheese?
Yes! You can definitely make this with another type of cheese, it just needs to be on the creamier side and spreadable. Half the time I make this with goat cheese! It makes it a little more tangy, but SO GOOD. Mascarpone is also a good choice.
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
- 12 ounces cream cheese
- 12 ounces roasted red peppers drained and dried
- 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor.
- Puree until smooth.
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First of all, you are my favorite of all my foodies that I subscribe to…. but I have a suggestion: I wish you would allow me to pin any picture you post because, I am more likely to use this recipe if I post it under sauces and post the picture of the sauce in the food processor bowl, than if I post it as a picture of pasta. I see this frequently. Sometimes I want to post the picture of the ingredients, because in my case, it means that I can do it!
You should be able to hover over any image and a pin button will pop up. Are you able to see that option?
This is amazing – thankyou. I love the simplicity of the recipe and how versatile it is. And of course, I love it using goats cheese.
This dip was INCREDIBLE!
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What a great blend of wonderful flavors, sweet, spicy, smoky, all in a nice creamy dip. I will have to try this at my next party! As always, lovely photos.
Thank you for this recipe – it is exactly what I was looking for to use as a spread on sandwiches. Today, my husband is taking a chicken sandwich to work that has this spread and thin-sliced cucumbers on it. I’m thinking this might also be good mixed into a pasta dish. I did add some mild Peppadews to the puree in order to give it just a hint of sweetness. Yum!
Love this dip idea & fun to put it on bagels too!
This looks great and I plan to use it for an Oscar party I am hosting. Thanks!
This spread looks and sounds delish. I’m filing this in the to-make. I usually buy red pepper hummus, but I’m loving the cream cheese factor vs the grabanzo bean base.
It looks FANTASTIC! i’m a HUGE fan of roasted peppers….not green – RED, YELLOW or ORANGE! YUM! Thanks for sharing and Happy Valentines Day!
Wow..you bowled me out with those red pepper recipes, Sommer….need to check each one out!
You definitely have a thing for red bell peppers. That is ok. I have a thing for chile peppers.
BTW, we just bought our first bag of Udi’s Bagels. Haven’t tried them yet. Will Friday morning. My son’s allergist suggested that we start getting gluten out of his life so I bought a package the other day. Can’t wait for him to try them. Glad for a good review. They are expensive, that is for sure.
Thanks for the Udi’s Community link.
Yum! This looks so wonderful! And, of course, the pepper heart is adorable :)
I wish I had picked up some bell peppers today…the dip looks great!
Oh that looks so, so delicious! Love the little pepper heart, too! :)
Can’t wait to make this – I love roasted red peppers! Sounds like the perfect spread for toast or to dip my favorite veggies in.
Slice of whole grain bread, schmear of this dip, handful of mixed greens and sprouts, a couple of cucumber and tomato slices … pretty good sandwich, yeah?
What a great dip. Happy Valentine Day!
that looks fantastic!
This as the base for a veggie bagel sandwich? Oh my word YES!
that spread sounds delicious
I love dips that are made from roasted red pepper. This is a recipe you can use anytime of year regardless of holidays or seasons. It’s a perfect dip for chips, bagels, and vegetable fritters.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I’m totally with you on the red pepper thing…I just love them roasted. My husband actually hates roasted red pepps and I can’t – for the life of me – figure out what’s wrong with his tastebuds!
I love that your dip is a savoury Valentine’s Day treat. I have a salty tooth rather than a sweet tooth, so the real indulgences and treats in my book are the savoury ones. Thank you for something gorgeous and new to try!!!
What a delicious spread and so easy to make!
That link up widgit is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! Wow!
I accidentally put ‘Dessert For Two’ instead of the name of my pancakes, which should be ‘Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Pancakes’. oops, sorry.
Happy V-Day! :)
Of all the things to love you’ve picked quite a healthy option! Love a good dip I can munch on with veggies during the day.
Your roasted red pepper dip is right up my alley! I’m going to make it today!!
love it that you’re doing a linky thingy, Spicy!!
What a lovely roasted red pepper dip recipe, and beautiful photos to compliment it! I’m so glad to have found your blog, Sommer! Thanks for sharing.
Yum, love the hot smoked paprika – kicks this red pepper dip up a notch! Thanks for the linkup party – I linked up my Chocolate Walnut Pomegranate Clusters.
I love red pepper soups and sauces. I’ve never tried it as a dip though. I’m going to have to change that because this is sounding scrumptious!
And what a fun linkup too!
Thanks for letting me link up too Sommer!
The spread looks delish, Sommer! As with everything you make!
Ooohh this sounds tasty & delicious! I’d love a roasted red pepper spread on my sandwiches & I love everything spicy! Looks yummy!
I love a thing for red peppers. This dip sounds fabulous!
Yum, yum, yum. I bet this would be awesome with some goat cheese too! (Only saying that b/c I have like a tablespoon of cream cheese left in the fridge but tons of goat cheese!)
You know, half the time I make this with goat cheese! It makes it a little more tangy, but SO GOOD.
I love red peppers too! Thanks for hosting a fun roundup, can’t wait to see what others share!
Red peppers are my favorite! I love snacking on them raw, sautéing them, roasting them… This looks great. I’ve linked up my chocolate covered strawberries for v-day, thanks for hosting!
I make something similar and absolutely love it!!
Those heart peppers are the cutest!! LOVE!!
I adore roasted red peppers. So many yummy things you can do with them!
Ohhh, I am pretty sure I could live on Roasted Red Pepper dip!!!!!
Oh, how fabulous! I love red bell peppers…raw, roasted, and in dips! YUM.
looks great! Happy Valentines Day
Hmmm…seems like this recipe will be good for a LOT of occasions! :)
A great dip for Valentine’s Day! =)
Hmm, I tried to add but it does not show up, will wait for a while and see if the link shows up in an hour or so.
I see it Ilke! :)
I love it! Happy Valentine’s Day by the way :) I should find a roaster pepper recipe and link to your party ..
What a great spread – so many uses….
This spread sounds so delicious!