In a heavy bottomed pot heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Toss in the sofrito (optional), onion and jalapeno and cook until the onions are translucent. Add in the garlic and continue to cook for two minutes.
Once the garlic becomes fragrant, add in the gandules (and their liquid), tomato puree, cilantro, seasonings and broth. Turn the heat up to high and bring the liquid to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Once the liquid begins to boil, add in the rice, stirring and then covering with a lid. Lower the heat to low and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.
Serve the rice and beans with additional cilantro, sliced tomatoes and a splash of hot sauce. Enjoy!
the onion, peppers and garlic can be substituted for 4 heaping tablespoons of sofrito (click link for recipe)
Keywords: Puerto Rican Rice and Beans, Rice and Beans, Arroz Con Gandules