Sofrito with Beans and Rice

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Sometimes I just know what I want, I crave it, think about it, plan it, prepare it and eventually devour it with delight.  Other times, it’s all about whatever I have left in the fridge that absolutely needs to be used up.  Other times, meal decisions are based  on time, and way too many times they are based on the hunger factor.  In other words, I’m hangry and I need to eat NOW!

I am not a big fan of box mixes or prepared sauces, etc.  I usually prefer to make my own.  There are a few that I do keep handy, I like Patak’s Tikka Masala for quick meals and Goya Sofrito.

Sofrito

Sofrito is an aromatic cooking base combining the bold flavors of tomato, onion, green peppers, cilantro and garlic, saving you valuable prep time in the kitchen. A heaping spoonful of Sofrito added to soups and stews is a classic first-step ingredient to authentic Latino cooking.

Only I didn’t use a heaping spoonful, I used the whole jar, instead of being a first step ingredient, it became the sauce.  While the rice was cooking, I chopped up some veg, sauteed it, and then added the sauce and beans.  By the time the rice was done cooking my veggie loaded meatless dinner was ready.

My hangry monster was soothed, from start to on the table in 25 minutes!

Sofrito with Beans and Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Points Plus Value 7

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced bell peppers
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) Goya Sofrito
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) kidney beans, drained

Instructions

  1. Place water and rice in a small pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for approximately 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large non-stick pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Saute the carrots, celery, onions and peppers until the carrots are tender crisp. Add the drained beans and sofrito, heat through.
  3. Serve sofrito and bean mixture over the rice.
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5 Responses to Sofrito with Beans and Rice

  1. Karen February 10, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Oh, that looks good! I love Goya products. I haven’t tried this one, but the Recaito is delicious.

  2. Eliot February 11, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    I have never even heard of sofrito. Seriously, where have I been? What kind of foodie am I? Although it will be one more thing in the pantry, I think I will get some to have on hand.

  3. Eliot February 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    OK—pantry is safe. I can’t find Sofrito at our grocery store.

  4. Feast on the Cheap February 13, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    How have I never cooked with sofrito before? It sounds like all my favorite flavs in one jar…

    • Giggles February 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

      I know, right! It’s a great little product.

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