Arroz con Gandules - a classic Puerto Rican savory rice dish cooked with meat, gandules (aka pigeon peas) and some olives then spiced up with a homemade sofrito for an extra delicious rice meal!
Wash rice until water runs clear. Drain water.
In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté bacon until brown and crisp. This may take about 5-5 minutes.
Remove bacon from skillet and transfer to a plate. There will be some bacon drippings left in the pan (about 1-2 tablespoons).
Pour about 1-2 tablespoons oil to the pan then Add sofrito to the skillet , until fragrant ,about 2-3 minutes.
Throw onion, garlic and cumin to the pan. Sauté for about a minute.
Stir in rice and continue stirring for about 1-2 minutes.
Then add gandules, tomato sauce, olive , sazon and water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat; cover with a lid and simmer until rice is cooked, about 18 minutes or more. Stir occasionally from the sides to prevent burns, add more water if needed.
Adjust the salt and pepper to taste. Serve!