Rebecca Gordon’s Cooking Class: Lesson No. 5 Aromatic Vegetables

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Lesson No. 5
Aromatic Vegetables

The Objective: Today’s lesson focuses on aromatic vegetables & the valuable role they play in a variety of cooking applications ranging from savory main dish dinner solutions to delicious, wholesome soups. You may have recently picked up a variety of vegetables from the market that hold pretty well over time. Learn about the vegetables that fall into this category plus how to use them to season meals. 

The Overview

Aromatic vegetables provide a simple, deep base flavor to day to day meal solutions. A specific collection of certain types are used in unison to create many classic recipe favorites & although the most traditional method for preparations are designed to sweat the vegetables first by sautéing them, they may be added later in the cooking process to flavor dishes effortlessly. Sometimes these vegetables are used with aromatic herbs such as thyme & rosemary to add additional depth of flavor.

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Aromatic vegetables are comprised of basic cooking selections & the most common include onions, garlic, celery, carrots & green bell peppers. The good news regarding these specific vegetables is that their shelf life is rather lengthy compared to many other fresh varieties with a range from 3 weeks to 3 months making them ideal to keep on hand for use at your convenience.


Onions & those vegetables closely associated to the family including leeks, scallions & shallots provide some of the fastest & most intense flavor to recipes relatively quick. Onions have natural sugars that offer a slightly sweetened taste that balance the pungent flavor beautifully. The shelf life of a typical sweet onion is approximately 3 months.


 Garlic has long been used in global cuisine but it also offers health benefits from fighting the common cold & flu to reducing blood pressure when consumed on a daily, consistent basis. It’s filled with manganese & vitamins C & B6. Garlic is closely related to onions, leeks & shallots, however it’s home is in the allium genus. It may be minced & used in salad dressings or quick stovetop vegetable sautés or to season slow simmering sauces. Expect a shelf life of approximately 3 months.


 A stalk composed of ribs that may be used to flavor anything from chicken salad to Zuppa Toscana, celery is naturally fibrous with a distinctive flavor. Although the vegetable is comprised of 95% water, it’s an antioxidant & considered to be a good source of vitamin K. Expect a shelf life of approximately 3 weeks when stored properly.


Carrots are versatile in that they may be used in everything from cakes & muffins to side dishes, appetizers & soups but when combined with other aromatic vegetables, many main dish meal solutions can be prepared for your family. This nutritionally sound vegetable provides excellent sources of beta-carotene, potassium & fiber & when cooked just so, they taste outstanding. The shelf life of carrots can be as long as 5 weeks when stored properly.

Green Bell Pepper

 Bell peppers are available in a variety of colors. Green bell peppers have a crisp texture that flavors dishes beautifully & it’s considered a mainstay in Louisiana cuisine. Green bell peppers offer health benefits including being good sources of vitamin A & C as well as potassium. They are naturally low in calories & sodium. The shelf life of green bell peppers is approximately 3 weeks.

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How To Use Aromatic Vegetables Everyday

Aromatic vegetables can work in harmony with one or many of its counterparts. French Onion Soup With Bourbon uses just onions & garlic however the end flavor is rather complex as caramelization adds an extra layer of depth to the recipe. Many dishes you prepare often naturally look to a combination of aromatic vegetables to provide satisfying taste but I encourage you to experiment with these additional recipes, many of which have a grain included designed to be more filling, for lovely variety come mealtime. 

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From filling soups to main dishes, aromatic vegetables add deep, effortless flavor to many recipes. Look to these essential mainstays at mealtime to provide just what your family needs.

The Recipe Applications

French Onion Soup With Bourbon

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Lemon-Orzo Chicken Soup

Farro Minestrone

Fresh Herb Lentil Soup


Zuppa Toscana

Hoppin’ John

Shrimp Creole

 Lemon-Herb Roasted Chicken 

Coq Au Vin

Chicken Fricassee 

Classic Bolognese

Spaghetti With Classic Bolognese

Lasagna Bolognese

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Rebecca Gordon’s Cooking Class Lessons

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Lesson No. 1: The Appendix

Lesson No. 2: Eggs

Lesson No. 3: Flour

Lesson No. 4: Rice

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