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Basic Vegetable Stock

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 45 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size One batch servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 13 ingredients

Making a good vegetable stock is as simple as it gets. The vegetables below are a suggestion, but note that they include the veggie Trinity found in most soup flavor bases: onions, carrots and celery....

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  • 2 large yellow onions with thier peel on, cut in half
  • 8 cloves
  • 8 garlic cloves, smashed but not peeled
  • 3 leeks, trimmed and washed well, dark tops reserved
  • 4 large carrots, scrubbed and cut into 3 equal lengths, then into half lengthwise
  • 4 small white turnips, scrubbed and quartered
  • 2 waxy potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
  • 2 celery stalks, scrubbed and cut into 3
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs of Italian parsley
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 5 quarts of water
  • Sea salt, to taste
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Nutrition Facts


34 cals


0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0 g

Monounsaturated Fat

0 g


8 g


2 g


1 g


1 g


774 mg


  1. Stud each onion half with two cloves. Cut the white part of the trimmed leeks into three equal lengths, then in half lengthwise. Set aside. Cut the tender parts off the dark leek tops into 3-inch lengths.
  2. In a 7-quart pot, cover the leeks, onions, carrots, turnips, potatoes, celery, bay leaf, peppercorns, parsley and black peppercorns with enough water to completely cover the vegetables by an inch or so.
  3. Cover and turn the heat down to low. Gently simmer the vegetables for 1 hour.
  4. Taste for salt and adjust the seasoning. Strain the stock and let cool. Discard the stock vegetables. Use immediately or bag and freeze.

Chef Tips

For extra flavor, add a small handful of dried shitake mushrooms.

Bag and freeze in quart size bags for later use in soups, stir fries and stews etc.

This recipe makes around 5 quarts of stock. Most recipes call for 1-quart (or 4 cups) which is typically the amount sold in commercially boxed stocks and broths.

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