Basic Vegetable Stock


This vegetable stock is a good, basic recipe, and perfect for vegetarians!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 cups
homemade basic vegetable stock


  • 2 large carrots

  • 2 stalks celery, including some leaves

  • 1 large onion

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 8 sprigs fresh parsley

  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 2 large bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 quarts water


  1. Chop carrot, celery, and onion into 1-inch chunks.

  2. Heat oil in a soup pot over high heat. Add carrots, celery, onion, scallions, garlic, parsley, thyme, and bay leaves. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables soften and begin to brown, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Add salt and water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes.

  4. Strain. Discard vegetables.


Other vegetables and herbs to consider adding to the stock: mushrooms, eggplant, asparagus trimmings, corn cobs, fennel stalks and trimmings, bell peppers, pea pods, chard stems and leaves, celery root trimmings, potato parings, marjoram stems and leaves, and basil stems and leaves. Remember that the greater the surface area, the more quickly vegetable pieces will yield their flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

37 Calories
1g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 37
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 227mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 31mg 154%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 241mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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