Instant Mirepoix

by jerseygirl on November 6, 2013 · 8 comments

mirepoixThe clocks were changed back the other night and it is dark and dreary at five o’clock. Somehow that caused a switch to go off  in my head (and stomach). I have been constantly dreaming about all the soups and stews I will be cooking and winter hasn’t even hit yet. In order to make them, I need a constant supply of mirepoix. Since I don’t always like chopping up a batch of onions, celery and carrots, I decided to always have a stash in my freezer. So I declared the other morning as mirepoix day and made a bunch to store in plastic bags.

Mirepoix is simply a combination of diced carrots, onions and celery sauteed in butter or olive oil and used to flavor sauces, soups and stews. But I love it so much that I could eat a bowl for lunch and be happy. I start almost every soup I make with this combination. By having some pre packaged bags in my freezer, I can get a pot of soup on the stove much easier. I just add the frozen mirepoix and stock to a pot, add the other meat and veggies, then let the whole thing simmer until my house smells wonderful.

bag mirepoix

Here are some recipes that I will be using my mirepoix for.

Yellow Slit Pea Soup with Ham

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder via For the Love of Cooking

Kale, Mushroom and Bean Soup via Aggie’s Kitchen

New England Clam Chowder via Soup Addict

Beef and Lentil Stew via A Spicy Perspective

This is such a time saver and some days you don’t want to be chopping an onion for fear of stinky hands and fingers.  You know the days where you are trying to get dinner in the slow cooker and then are headed to a business meeting? How would you like to shake hands with a new business contact and their hands come back stinking like an onion…lol?  There is nothing worse than making a big pot of soup before heading to church and realizing right before the sign of peace that your hands still smell like celery and onions.  This has happened to me too many times. So now I pre make my mirepoix and have the designated “stinky onion hands day” when I know they won’t  be interacting with anyone besides my children or husband.

close up mirepoix

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Make In Advance Mirepoix
Recipe type: staple
Cuisine: French
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Serves: varies
Make a big batch of mirepoix and you can use it in all your soups and stews.
  • 4 TBS olive oil
  • 6 cups chopped onions
  • 4 cups chopped celery
  • 4 cups chopped carrots
  1. Heat olive oil to medium in a large Dutch oven.
  2. Add onions, carrots and celery to the pan. Saute for about 15 minutes or until veggies start to brown and are wilted while occasionally stirring.
  3. Let the mirepoix cool and place into one cup servings in freezer bags. Lay bags flat in the freezer.
  4. Label the bags, freeze and use as necessary.
I like a fine chopped mirepoix but you can make the carrots and onions as chunky as you like.


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Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! November 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm

LOVE this idea! Thanks! This would be a great timesaver for when I need to get dinner going without too much fuss. I wonder how these would hold up in a crock pot recipe? Have you ever tried it?


jerseygirl November 7, 2013 at 9:08 am

Hi Kristin. I have not tried in a crock pot recipe. It should work fine as long as you don’t want the veggies in big pieces. I like when mine practically disappears in the broth or sauce. It’s a way of hiding onions in the recipe…lol.


stacey snacks November 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm

I just finished making soup with mirepoix as the base………….I have never tried freezing celery and onions, but will give it a try!


Lynne Laino November 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Awesome idea!!


Robin (Masshole Mommy) November 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

Awesome. I would use it in my beef stew, but looking at that Beef and Lentil Stew recipe, I kind of want to give that a try!


Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl November 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Perfect for our garden harvest, yum!


Pam November 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm

What a great idea!!!


Jennifer Stewart November 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I love shortcuts and your blog! I have nominated you for a Liebster Award!


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