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Vegetables and water in a pot before cooking.

Vegetable Broth

This easy one-pot, flexible vegetable broth makes the most out of easy to find veggies! Ultra flavourful and delicious on its own, or as a base to your favourite soup, this is a great staple recipe.
Course Soups and Stews
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 24kcal


  • 3 ribs of celery
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 leek
  • 1 onion yellow or red, doesn't matter
  • 100 grams mushrooms
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • A large handful of herbs thyme, rosemary, lovage, etc.*
  • 2 litres water
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns


  • Wash the vegetables well, rinsing any sand out of the leek and celery. Peel the onion and garlic.
    3 ribs of celery, 2 medium carrots, 1 leek, 1 onion
  • Roughly chop the celery, carrots, leek, onion, mushrooms, garlic, and herbs, then place them into a large pot.
    3 ribs of celery, 2 medium carrots, 1 leek, 1 onion, 3 cloves of garlic, A large handful of herbs, 100 grams mushrooms
  • Cover the vegetables with the water and add the salt and peppercorns.
    2 litres water, 1 tablespoon peppercorns, 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • Cover the pot and place on high heat to bring to a rolling boil. Once the broth has boiled, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about two hours, with the lid on.
  • Once the broth has cooked, it should be a dark golden colour and the vegetables should look drained of colour and be very soft.
  • Taste the broth and season as needed based on how you plan on using it.
  • Strain the broth through a fine sieve and add it to containers or jars. Freeze for up to a month, or refrigerate for 4-5 days.


* Use the herbs you like and have on hand. See the post for more notes on herbs to use and other additions to the recipe.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 732mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2192IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg