soffritto

[soh-free-toh; Italian sawf-freet-taw]
noun
1.
Also called battuto. Italian Cookery. a base for stews and soups, consisting of hot oil, butter, or fat in which a chopped onion or crushed garlic clove has been browned, often with the addition of chopped parsley, celery, and carrot.

Origin:
< Italian, past participle of soffriggere; see suf-, fry1

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