Filipino food is about ingenuity- whether it’s mixing together unlikely ingredients or using animal parts most people would throw away, Filipino food is about making the most of what you have and turning it into an awesome dish.
The Adobo Queen, Nancy Reyes Lumen, is back to teach me how to make one example of Filipino ingenuity in food: Sofrito. This mixture of tomato, garlic, and spices can be a side/dip, a pasta sauce, soup base, or the base of stews and slow-cooked dishes like adobo, afritada, etc. A good sofrito adds a ton of flavor in a pinch, and if bottled up nicely, makes for a great gift.
Watch the video below and get your sofrito cooking!