Sofrito, also known as refogado is a sauce used as a base in Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American cooking. I am sharing my recipe with you, which can be frozen for up to 6 months without losing a bit of its flavor!
I loved when my mom made homemade sofrito. I knew it was about to happen when she came home with tons on green peppers, onions, and cilantro. She would then roughly chop everything and drop it in the blender until if made a sauce. The consistency is like a chunky chimichurri sauce. It also made the house smelled great the rest of the day!
Fun fact: I actually grew up thinking all blenders were called “Osterizer” because that’s what I remember my mom and grandma calling it. I later learned Oster is just a brand that carries blenders.
So what is sofrito for?
I’m glad you asked! Sofrito can be added to different food to add flavor as they are cooked. One of the most common ways I use sofrito is by adding it to the saucepan as my beans cook. It’s also a great addition to rice, soups and stews, and even as a topping on fried plantains.
The fact is sofrito can be purchased in many grocery stores nowadays, but I encourage you to make some from scratch. After seeing how easy and delicious it is, you will never buy it again.
If you try my recipe, let me know how it turns out! Take a picture and tag me on Instagram. My username is @foodiezoolee.