Sofrito is a traditional base sauce used in various cuisines, particularly in Latin American, Caribbean, and Spanish cooking. It is a flavorful mixture of aromatic ingredients that is used as a foundation for many dishes.


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Here’s a basic recipe for sofrito. The exact ingredients and preparation methods can vary by region and recipe, the core components of sofrito typically include:


  • 1 large onion, finely diced

  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 green bell pepper, finely diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced

  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced or 1 cup of tomato puree

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and garlic to the pan and sauté for about 2-3 minutes until they become fragrant and translucent.
  • Add the diced green and red bell peppers to the pan and continue sautéing for another 4-5 minutes until they soften.
  • Add the diced tomatoes or tomato puree to the pan, along with the cilantro, dried oregano, and ground cumin. Stir well to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will help the flavors meld together and the sauce to thicken.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove from heat and let the sofrito cool down.
  • Once cooled, transfer the sofrito to an airtight container or divide it into smaller portions for storage.
  • You can refrigerate sofrito for up to a week or freeze it for several months. It can be used as a base for various recipes.

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