Romesco with Summer Squash

Serves: 6 as a main or 10 as an appetizer • Time: 45 minutes

At his Boston and New York City restaurants, Jamie Bissonnette serves this romesco, a nut and red pepper-based sauce originally from Catalonia, over squash cooked a la plancha (grilled). We simplify the preparation by sautéing the squash in a cast iron skillet. The sauce is also great spread onto crusty bread or served as a dip.

Romesco with Summer Squash
© Joseph Dandurand


  • 10 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2  garlic cloves, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups marcona almonds
  • 3 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 5 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 20 oz. summer squash (about 3), such as zucchini or yellow squash, coarsely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Microgreens, for garnish
  • Mint, for garnish


1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over moderate heat. Add the onions and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Once the onions become tender, add the almonds, paprika, and coriander and toast for 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and pepper and cook until tender.

2. Deglaze the skillet by adding the white wine and scraping the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon. Add the bay leaves and continue to cook until the wine reduces. Once the wine has reduced, add ½ cup water, cover, and cook until the nuts are tender.

3. While still hot, transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Add 6 tablespoons olive oil and vinegar.

4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over moderate heat. Add the summer squash and garlic and sauté, carefully tossing, until browned, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.

5. To serve, distribute the squash onto 6 serving plates. Dollop the romesco over the squash and garnish with microgreens and mint.

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Jamie Bissonnette is the curator of the Spain Box. He is a 2014 James Beard Award winner, and the chef-owner of Coppa, an Italian wine bar in Boston, and the acclaimed tapas restaurant Toro in Boston and New York.

Jamie Bissonnette

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