How to make FLAVORFUL Vegetable Broth! Learn the secrets to creating vegetable stock that is nutritious, flavorful and full of depth- the best foundation for soups, sauces, risottos and more. Adaptable and easy to make!
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Making your own Vegetable Broth will uplevel your soups and other recipes exponentially! Vegetable broth should be delicious, just as it is. This recipe is so good-go ahead enjoy a mug by itself!
It may feel like an extra step at first, to make your own broth, but once you get the hang of it is really quite simple with very little hands-on time. You will eventually get into the rhythm and I think you will be so happy with the boost in flavor and nutritional quality of your recipes!
The basic Ingredients in Vegetable Broth
- mushrooms- give a deeper flavor
- apple or pear- a slight sweet balance
- tomato- just a touch of tang
Things that can make a broth bitter
- brassica’s (kale, brussels, cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, broccoli, mustard greens etc.)
- zucchini and green beans
- outer celery leaves
- too many tomato seeds
- some carrot peels and tops
- too many onion skins and ends
- cooking too long
- powdered herbs
How to make Vegetable Broth
In a 6-8 quart stockpot, sauté onions, mushrooms and celery in olive oil for 15 minutes or until lightly caramelized. This is going to add a ton of flavor to the broth.
That said sometimes, when short on time, I skip this step and just go straight to the simmering. You’ll still get good flavor, just not as rich and deep.
Let cool and strain. Freeze in cup, pint and quart portions for easy prep. You will be so happy you did! This homemade broth is so far beyond delicious compared to what you buy in the store.
How to store Vegetable Broth
Keep sealed in the fridge for 5 days. It also freezes beautifully.
When freezing I use ball jars with these leak-proof lids. It is important to fill to just a couple of inches from top of the jar for room to expand as it freezes.
- Cut your veggies– the more surface area exposed, the more flavor will be imparted into the broth.
- No need to stir– stirring can break down veggies and cloudy up the stock.
- Use cold water- veggies have different cooking times and flavor solubility, cold water allows them to release flavor slowly and more fully without breaking down.
Ways to elevate
- sautéing (esp. mushrooms and onions) adds depth
- add a handful of soaked beans or bean water left from cooking
- add a few tablespoons of walnuts or almonds
- a few teaspoons tomato paste or roasted tomatoes
- roast or grill the veggies beforehand
- a few splashes of wine
- small handful of dried mushrooms
- for Italian / European recipes use rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage.
- for an Asian direction add a little ginger, shiitakes and cilantro.
Nutritional Boosting Tips
Make your broth a supertonic by adding one or more of these. They do impart an herby, earthy and rooty flavor.
- reishi mushrooms- deeply nourishing, adaptogenic, anti-cancer, immune modulator, anti-inflammatory
- burdock root– eliminates toxins, increases circulation, blood cleanser
- dandelion root– antioxidant, supports liver health, balances cholesterol,
- astragalus root- an amazing adaptogen supporting physical and mental stress
- kelp and dulse– fiber, tons of nutrients, minerals, antioxidants
Saving Scraps for Vegetable Broth
I keep a plastic ziplock in the freezer and every time I am prepping I throw in broth-worthy scraps. I add this to the broth when cooking, adjusting amounts depending on how much I have.
- carrot ends and peels (some can be bitter!)
- leek tops
- onion ends and outer peels (go light on the skins and ends)
- mushroom stems
- parsley and cilantro stems
- tomato tops and ends
- shiitake stems
- fennel tops
- beet tops
- celeriac peels
- romaine or mild lettuce leave
- herb stems
Recipes to use your veggie stock in
- Harvest Vegetable Soup
- Creamy Spinach Soup with Mint
- Smoky Tomato White Bean Soup
- Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup w/ Spinach & Mushrooms
- Pumpkin Soup with Leeks and White beans
- Instant Pot Risotto!
I hope you have fun playing around with this Vegetable Broth recipe!Print
How to make Vegetable Broth! A nutritious and deeply flavorful recipe to enhance your soups, risottos, sauces, and more.
- 2 large onions, roughly chopped
- 1/2 lb mushrooms
- 2 large carrots, cut in chunks
- 2 celery stems, some inner leaves are fine, chopped
- 1 leek or 1 bunch scallions or a handful of chives, chopped in rounds
- 1 head of garlic, cut tips off the head
- 1 tomato, quartered
- 1/2 apple or pear, sliced
- 1 hand full of parsley with stems
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon dulse flakes (optional)
- 5 quarts of cold water
- See post body for other additions to elevate this.
- In an 8 quart pot, sauté onions, mushrooms, and celery in a little olive oil for 15 minutes or until lightly carmelized.
- Add carrots, leeks, garlic, tomato, apple, parsley, bay leaves, basil, peppercorns, salt, dulse flakes and water.
- Bring to a gentle boil. Turn down to a simmer cover with a with a lid slightly vented for an hour.
- Let cool. Strain.
If you prefer not to sauté, just skip that step and throw everything in the pot to simmer.
Keeps in fridge 5 days.
Freeze in pint and quart portions for easy prep. If freezing in jars, leave 1-inch headroom.
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