Sofrito (Spanish tomato sauce)

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Sofrito (Spanish tomato sauce)
Sofrito (Spanish tomato sauce)
Servings:Servings: 18 - Makes about 600 ml
Calories per serving:8
Ready in:55 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:45 minutes
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:17th January 2013

A Catalan tomato sauce which is used in many Spanish recipes. This is not to be confused with the Italian 'soffrito' which does not include tomatoes.


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  1. Put some oil in a pan on a low heat and add the garlic.
  2. When the garlic begins to rise in the oil, add the onions and allow to cook for about 20 minutes until the onions are beginning to caramelise. Be careful not to burn the garlic though.
  3. Increase the heat and add the tomato, a little salt and the sugar.
  4. Cook until the juice from the tomato has evaporated. The mixture should be fairly thick.


You can include paprika and/or finely chopped sweet peppers if you wish.

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