Cuban Sofrito

Cuban Sofrito

Here is a sofrito recipe inspired by ingredients found in Cuban sofrito recipes—the foundation for many dishes including beans, rice, and stews.
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  • Serves: 16 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat olive oil in a large skillet over low heat.
  2. Step 2

    When the oil is hot, saute garlic, bay leaf, onions, peppers, diced tomatoes, and ham until onions and peppers are soft.
  3. Step 3

    Stir in the tomato paste and allow to caramelize. Add the wine and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cilantro and oregano.
  4. Step 4

    Remove from heat and allow to cool. Remove the bay leaf.
  5. Step 5

    Puree the cooled mixture in a blender or food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Step 6

    You can use it right away in a recipe calling for sofrito or place the mixture in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate up to two weeks.