The Holy Trinity of Cuisine

The term Holy Trinity is often used to describe a mixture of three ingredients that are sautéed together to form a flavoursome base for many different cultural cuisines. These vegetables, herbs and spices can vary from country to country but the cooking process remains the same: slowly cooking them in either butter or olive oil.

The most common of these trios is the Italian Soffritto (also referred to as odori and battuto), a mixture of carrot, onion and celery  all chopped and gently cooked in olive oil. In fact this combination forms the flavour base for one of the worlds best loved meals, a delicious Bolognese ragu. You may also find reference to this trio in French cooking where it is called a mirepoix.


Classic soffritto recipe

2 Medium Carrots

2 Celery Stalks

1 Onion

Olive Oil, about 1 tbsp


Firstly the vegetables need to be prepared, this can vary  from roughly chopping to finely dicing them depending on the recipe being cooked and personal preference. I usually opt for finely chopping them as they then disappear into many a dish.

Once the vegetables have been chopped, heat the olive oil over a medium heat and add them to the pan. Cooking should take 5-10 minutes, continuously stirring during the cooking process, be careful not to have the oil too hot as this can burn rather than slow cook and soften. The end result should be softened carrots and translucent onions…..Now you’re ready to continue with the rest of your meal…..


As I mentioned before, there are trios in many different cuisines, by having the base ingredients in your home you can master a plethora of international recipes.

Thai, Ginger, Garlic, Chili, (and my added extras Lime Juice)

Indian, Garlic , Ginger, Onion

Spanish, Tomato, Garlic and Onion

Cajun, Onion, Celery and Sweet Peppers

Indonesian, Chili, Coconut, fish sauce

Add to these your herbs and spices, meat, fish and stock to form a number of delicious meals.

Enjoy cooking!





Author: Lucy Horton

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