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All Recipes, Main Dishes / April 19, 2023

Spanish Pasta with Romesco Sauce | One of the World´s BEST Pasta Dishes

This Spanish Pasta with Romesco Sauce, known as Macarrones con Salsa Romesco, is possibly one of the BEST pasta dishes in the world. It´s packed with layers of flavors, seriously easy to make and all done in just 20 minutes.

Spanish Pasta with Romesco Sauce
The beauty of this pasta is that it´s a one-pan pasta dish. Meaning all the ingredients get cooked in the same pan, that way the starch in the pasta stays in the dish, giving it the most luxurious texture and flavor.

Spanish Pasta with Romesco Sauce
To make this pasta dish I used penne pasta, but you can use any other type of pasta you like. I topped off the pasta with a kiss of grated Manchego cheese (10% OFF your order with code ONAFORK). The one I used was aged for 6 months. You can use other cheese if you like, such as parmesan, mature cheddar or even asiago cheese.

Spanish Pasta with Romesco Sauce

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I used 3 cups broth to 2 1/4 cups penne pasta to end up with the perfect texture. Once the pasta is cooked al dente, you want just a little broth left in the pan. This will give the romesco sauce a beautiful silky texture.

Spanish Pasta with Romesco Sauce

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Pasta with Romesco Sauce
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Spanish Pasta with Romesco Sauce | Macarrones con Salsa Romesco

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 440 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork



  • 3 cups vegetable broth 720 ml
  • 2 1/4 cups penne pasta 8 oz / 225 grams


  • 8 raw hazelnuts
  • 8 raw blanched almonds
  • 3 large roasted red bell peppers jarred or canned
  • 1/4 cup canned tomato paste 60 grams
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar 5 ml
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated manchego cheese 30 grams
  • handful fresh parsley


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the hazelnuts and almonds, mix continuously, after 3 to 4 minutes and they´re lightly roasted, remove from the pan and set aside

  2. Using the same pan, add in the broth, a pinch of sea salt and raise to a high heat

  3. Meanwhile, add the jarred roasted red bell peppers into a food processor, along with the tomato paste, clove of garlic, the roasted hazelnuts & almonds, red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, season with sea salt & black pepper, run the food processor for 1 to 2 minutes or until you end up with a thick and creamy sauce, set aside

  4. Once the broth comes to a boil, add in the penne pasta, mix every 1 to 2 minutes, after 8 to 9 minutes and most of the broth has been absorbed, but there´s still some broth left, place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat, simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until the pasta is cooked al dente, then remove the lid and turn off the heat

  5. Add in the romesco sauce into the pan and mix together until well mixed

  6. Transfer into shallow bowls and sprinkle with a kiss of grated Manchego cheese and garnish with fresh parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Pasta with Romesco Sauce | Macarrones con Salsa Romesco
Amount Per Serving
Calories 440 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 557mg24%
Potassium 378mg11%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 433IU9%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 115mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Mike

    5 stars
    Really nice. My wife added mushrooms at the last minute. Sauce was spot on

    26 . Apr . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      27 . Apr . 2023
  2. Jayne

    Are you using regular, low-sodium or salt-free broths in your recipes?

    20 . Apr . 2023
  3. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me i never had one pan spanish pasta with romesco sauce before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    19 . Apr . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      19 . Apr . 2023

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