Sofrito is a combination of ingredients used to give a distinctive flavor to many Puerto Rican dishes. It is mostly used when cooking legumes, rice dishes, soups and stews. The two main ingredients that give sofrito its characteristic flavor are: recao (also known as culantro) and ají dulce. Ají dulce may be substituted for bell peppers. Sofrito is also traditionally made with salted pork, cured ham, and lard. When pork is used the sofrito is cooked before storing.
The following recipe has no pork and therefore it is not cooked before storing. This allows for a quicker preparation and also makes it vegetarian friendly.
Yield: 1 quart