A staple in the Latin kitchen, use this easy sofrito recipe for the base of tasty Spanish inspired dishes from marinading meat to seasoning rice and beans.
Sofrito is the base to many Hispanic dishes and the ingredients vary by country. This recipe is based on the Puerto Rican version which can be either green or red. I like the flavor with tomato so it’s based on the red although it’s not represented in color. I like this recipe because it uses fresh ingredients you can find anywhere and you can taste the freshness when you cook with it. It takes all of 15-20 minutes to prepare from start to finish. It’s a flexible recipe, whereas you can add or replace ingredients without changing the taste too much. If you plan to make Latin dishes, this recipe is a necessity.
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- 5 plum tomatoes
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1/2 large green pepper
- 5 scallions trimmed
- 10 cloves garlic
- 1 large jalapeno, seeded optional
- 1/3 c canola oil
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp turmeric
- Remove the roots and most of the green stems from the scallions, then trim and remove seeds from jalapeno if using.
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender and make a puree.
- Pour puree into a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a gentle boil. You should see a few bubbles but not much more. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before storing or use it right away according to the recipe.