A stash of this flavorful Spanish sauce means you're always one step ahead. The only thing easier than making it is finding ways to use it. Try it in Shrimp and Mussels with Sofrito or Chicken with Sofrito. For perfect portions, freeze sofrito in ice cube trays, then transfer to a zip-top bag to store.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Coarsely chop tomatoes, peppers, and onions. Combine with garlic and cilantro. In batches, pulse mixture in a food processor until finely chopped. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high until shimmering. Add mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced, 25 to 30 minutes (reduce heat if browning at edge). To store, let cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container; refrigerate, up to 2 weeks, or freeze, up to 6 months.

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Cook's Notes

Quick Ideas for Using Sofrito:

Mix with mayonnaise for a sandwich spread.

Combine with softened butter and use to top a steak or fish fillet.

Toss with steamed vegetables.

Spread on toast and top with tuna and parsley.

Use as a base for soup or beans.

Stir into dry rice, cook, then mix in peas.

Reviews (3)

41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
12/15/2014
Yes, this is a very general recipe that leaves the door open for you do doctor it up as you see fit. This is more like a "base" sofrito. I use tri-color peppers for the asthetics. I do like to add fresh cilantro at the end. Adding dry time works great too; I leave the rosemary (as read in other recipes) out. Try adding half of a seeded jalapeno with the veggies then a splash of white wine after the veggies saute. Add a pad of butter to finish.
Rating: Unrated
08/19/2013
There is no cilantro in Spanish sofrito and twice the garlic. 1 green mild pepper, not 2 red and a little smoked Spanish sweet paprika. It is different from other sofritos. The flavors are better the next day.
Rating: 2 stars
05/31/2013
I was really surprised at how "bleh" this sofrito came out. I was so excited and prepared to love it, but despite everything that went into it, it was borrrring! I think I am going to give it a second chance and up the cilantro and garlic amounts. Salt too. Seriously, with all of these ingredients, I can't believe how bland and boring it was.
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