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This vegetable broth recipe takes less than an hour to make, is cheaper than store bought, and is a great way to utilize vegetables you have on hand.

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Homemade vegetable broth is so easy to make, it is a shame Alex and I ever buy broth at all. We’ve discovered it’s one of those things that requires a little forethought, but it’s worth the extra planning. Not only does homemade vegetable broth taste better than the store-bought stuff, but it’s also better for you. You have more control over the amount of salt that’s added to your own broth, and there’s no risk of hidden thickeners or sweeteners making their way into it. Once the vegetable stock is made, it will last 4 to 5 days in the fridge, or up to 6 months in the freezer.

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Why make veggie broth?

You really can’t go wrong with this vegetable broth recipe. It uses veggies that might be on hand in your pantry and fridge: carrots, celery, garlic, potatoes, and so forth. You also can throw in any fresh herbs you have around! It’s a great idea for minimizing food waste in your kitchen.

In addition to the vegetables noted in this recipe, using other veggies like mushrooms, peppers, and potatoes works too. This veggie broth is a great alternative for recipes that call for chicken or beef broth. We use vegetable stock all the time in our soup recipes: here are our best easy soup recipes!

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How to make vegetable broth

Making homemade vegetable broth is as easy as throwing chopped veggies into a pot and boiling them (yes, really!). The basic steps of making vegetable broth at home are as follows:

  1. Chop the vegetables into large chunks. Don’t bother peeling them, as you’ll be straining everything later. Plus, the skins contain a lot of nutrients and flavor!
  2. Toss everything into a tall stockpot or Dutch oven and saute the vegetables for 5 minutes. This will add extra flavor to the broth without any extra effort on your part.
  3. Add in the water and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot and let it simmer for at least 45 minutes to allow the vegetables to impart as much of their flavor into the broth as possible.
  4. Strain the vegetable broth and use immediately or freeze for later use. If freezing, let the broth come to room temperature before putting it into the freezer.

Making homemade vegetable broth couldn’t be easier. We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

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There are so many ways you can use this homemade vegetable broth: here are a few of our favorites:

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This vegetable broth recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Easy Vegetable Broth


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x

Description

This homemade vegetable broth takes less than an hour to make, is cheaper than storebought, and is a great way to utilize vegetables you have on hand.


Ingredients

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  • 4 carrots
  • 3 ribs celery
  • 1 onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ½ tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 10 cups of water

Instructions

  1. Wash all of the vegetables. Don’t bother peeling them. Cut the carrots, celery, and onion into a large dice. Smash the garlic cloves and peel them. *If you have leftover fresh herbs on hand, you can throw these in too!
  2. In a stock pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil. Add the vegetables and saute for 5 minutes. Then add 10 cups of water. Stir in 1 tablespoon kosher salt and ½ tablespoon whole peppercorns.
  3. Bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Then reduce to a gentle simmer and cover the pot. Simmer for 45 minutes; make sure that the simmer is gentle so that not too much liquid boils off.
  4. Strain the vegetable broth into jars with lids. If the broth amount does not total 8 cups, add water to even it out. Use immediately, store refrigerated for 4 to 5 days, or freeze for 6 months. (If freezing, let the vegetable broth come to room temperature before putting it into the freezer. Make sure there is enough room in the container for the broth to expand when frozen.)
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
Homemade Vegetable Broth | Vegetable scraps

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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46 Comments

  1. Margaret says:

    I love this recipe! Others may have also mentioned it, but I prefer using fresh vegetables over frozen scraps, a process I somehow never took a liking to, to make an easy and fresh vegetable broth, which is delicious too.






  2. Janet Wappel says:

    So do you peel the garlic cloves? I found a container of button mushrooms I forgot about in back of fridge, kind of slimy & discolored? Can I use these or throw them out? Thank you!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      We do peel the garlic. I would pass on the mushrooms once they’ve gone slimy.

  3. susanne says:

    hi.
    thanks for this recipe.
    my question, as I am based in Europe and not familiar with “cup”:
    how much ml (European way for volumes/liquids) are 10 cups ?
    I found some converters, but they give different results.
    thanks for a response.
    s.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Hi! It would be 2.3 liters.

  4. BRENDA L CALLAHAN says:

    I use vegetable broth often and usually purchase it only when it’s buy one get one free, but no longer! This recipe was easy, delicious and allows me to control my sodium intake; unlike store bought brands. Thank you acoupleofcooks.com!!!






    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      You’re welcome!

  5. Warren A. Dennis says:

    I recently had a heart attack (second) and am having to do as low sodium as I can. I’ve noticed, or maybe, missed it but none of your recipes show the amount of sodium in the nutritional facts. Can I ask why as to many of us trying to go more vegetarian, sodium is a big deal. Thank you, and I just bought your cookbook. :-)

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Hi! Thanks for reading (and getting the cookbook!) We omit the sodium because many ingredients we use such as beans, soy sauce or broth can have vastly different amounts and we don’t want to give false information. Even different brands of kosher salt can vary. 1 teaspoon of Morton kosher salt has 1920 mg of sodium if that is helpful.

  6. Marla Schultz says:

    Have you tried making this in the instant pot?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      We haven’t tried it but I’m sure it would work well!

  7. Lindy says:

    This was freakin’ delicious!! Why have I not made this before?! I made healthy vegetable stew with it and it was soooo good. I’m glad I stumbled across this recipe. Looking forward to trying some of your others.






    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you enjoyed! :)

  8. A. J. Mayhew says:

    You call for 3 stalks of celery; do you mean 3 ribs (sticks) or do you really mean 3 whole stalks (a stalk has a dozen or more ribs). Thanks!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Hi! 3 ribs.

  9. Saheli says:

    Thanks for the lovely recipe you lovely couple and lovely cooks (and photographers). This is a keeper.

  10. Kathryn Thompson says:

    Thanks for the recipe, I’m going to try it tonight! Also, most store bought broth has some sort of flavour enhancer in it, which i’m very sensitive to. I recently used an organic broth and i really didn’t like the taste of it. Your hearty version should suffice!

    1. Kathryn Thompson says:

      A quick update: I made the hearty version of this broth and it is superb! I’m sold on this one. Thank you once again.

      1. Alex says:

        Awesome! Glad it worked out for you. We need to get better and making it ourselves…we buy it way to often!

  11. janice says:

    Would like to can in pint jars, how long in pressure canner?

    1. Alex says:

      Sorry, we’ve never canned it, so I’m not sure :/

    2. Judy says:

      I started making this recipe months ago. Usually I comment much sooner than this. We love this broth recipe as is in this household. We also love that it is so versatile! And, it freezes beautifully. We use it to add flavor to rice dishes or just about anything. But, our favorite way is to make a gravy out of it w/ 1 T corn/tapioca or other starch/thickener to 1 cup of cold broth, THEN bring to boil to thicken. . Then we make a ‘lasagna’ dish layering as follows: Gravy, noodle, ground turkey, cheese, spinach, repeat and finishing w/ an extra noodle layer, gravy & cheese. Delish!

      1. Sonja Overhiser says:

        We’re so glad you’ve been making this recipe! That gravy sounds AMAZING, we have to try it! Adding it to our list to try :) Thanks for commenting!

  12. Marsha says:

    Am definitely making this today! Found you through Pinterest – am re-pinning this one. Instead of throwing out the strained veggies – throw onto your compost pile. As they are cooked through they should break down in the compost down quickly.

  13. lisa says:

    this was SO good!!! it tastes so much better than canned broth, doing this all the time from now on. Next time I’m sick I’m just going to eat this all day…

  14. Kristi K says:

    WOW who knew it could be so easy. Not me! This is awesome – def will try it out this year!

  15. Natasha says:

    This recipe seem great! I am just wondering if the vegetables should be thrown away after straining the broth, or if they can be put to any use? Thanks!

    1. Alex says:

      The veggies are pretty much cooked down to nothing by the time the broth is done. You can just toss them out!

      1. sam says:

        use them as compost!!

  16. wendi says:

    How long will the stock stay for? What if I put in freezer? Thanks! I need to make this but get lazy..

    1. Sonja says:

      Yes, it’s hard to get motivated sometimes, but the results are worth it! It will last 3 to 5 days in the fridge, or up to 6 months in the freezer.

      1. Maureen Meyer says:

        I make homemade broth from chicken but like the idea of vegetable. I’m trying it today.

        Can everything from your recipe strained then be composted I assume? Not sure because of salt and pepper. Your thoughts are appreciated.

        1. Alex Overhiser says:

          I think it technically could be composted, however we don’t compost any cooked food, even vegetables as they tend to attract animals more.

  17. Jenni says:

    I started making my own broth about a year ago, so much healthier and tastier than anything you can get from the store. I too, save my scraps. If I want a heartier version I roast my veggies before making stock out of them, yummy!

    1. Bob says:

      How do you roast them? How long etc…i’d like to try but am afraid they will get to brown or burned tasting.

      1. Alex says:

        Probably about 3-4 minutes. Until just browned but not too softened.

  18. sheila @ Elements says:

    I love homemade vegetable broth, and I agree that homemade is definitely the best way to go! I just make a little at a time with vegetable scraps. But your recipe is great if you want to make a big batch. And I love the idea of adding soy sauce! :)

  19. wgfoodie says:

    I agree – making your own broth is super easy, much tastier, and worth the time!

  20. Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) says:

    Love this post, and am so pleased to have found your blog (through foodgawker). I keep a ziploc bag in the freezer and put fruit/veggie/herb scraps in it all week long. At the end of the week, I have a bag full of healthy scraps to make stock with. I add a few dried mushrooms, soy sauce, and wine, and the results are wonderful.

    1. Sonja says:

      That’s a great idea about the scraps! I’d love to try mushrooms, but it’s also hard to “waste” eating them! :) Dried mushrooms sounds like a good idea – thanks for the tip!

  21. Hanna says:

    I toss alot of “scraps” into a bag in the freezer until I have enough to make stock or I feel like making stock. The stems of cilantro and other herbs (which are full of flavor but no one wants to eat), root and stem ends of onions, potato peels, carrot peels etc. Anything veggie that is technically edible but that we normal toss because there are not all that convienent to fit in a recipe. Its a nice way to use up scrapes and end up with a tasty soup base later.

    1. MS says:

      Hana, that is such an amazing idea! You are right, cilantro stems have such strong flavours, but not many appreciated eating it raw, but definitely in a stock, it will add amazing flavour plus the nutrient that is available in them will make it healthy.

      Hey, “A COUPLE COOKS” thanks for the recipe!

  22. simone says:

    I know it is silly but I hardly ever make my own broth. But you’re right; it does taste so much better and is so easy to make!

  23. Suzy says:

    This should keep me off the Oxo!

  24. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum says:

    I should try this – It doesn’t seem too hard. Chicken broth seems overwhelming because of the …. chicken…. but veggies? I can do that! And I use veggie broth all the time! Do you think I could make it without the celery?

  25. City Share says:

    It is amazing how easy broth is. Thanks for the reminder. I should use the cool weather as an excuse to stock up (no pun intended).

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