Basic Beef Stock


Rich, hearty beef stock.

close up view of Basic Beef Stock with tomatoes, celery and herbs in a pot
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 5 mins
8 cups


  • 6 pounds beef soup bones

  • 1 large onion

  • 3 large carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 12 ½ cups water, divided

  • 1 large tomato

  • 1 medium potato, unpeeled, cut into chunks

  • 2 stalks celery, including some leaves, cut into thirds

  • ½ cup chopped parsnip

  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 8 whole black peppercorns


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  2. Trim root end off onion, then slice or quarter onion, peel and all. Place onion and carrots into a large, shallow roasting pan with beef bones.

  3. Roast, uncovered, in the preheated oven, turning bones occasionally, until bones are well browned, about 30 minutes.

  4. Drain off fat. Transfer browned bones, onion, and carrots to a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Pour 1/2 cup water into the roasting pan and rinse; pour this liquid into the soup pot.

  5. Add tomato, potato, celery, parsnip, whole parsley sprigs, salt, thyme, garlic, bay leaf, and peppercorns to the pot. Pour in remaining 12 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 5 hours. Strain stock. Discard meat, vegetables, and seasonings.


To Clarify Stock for Clear Soup: In order to remove solid flecks that are too small to be strained out with cheesecloth, combine 1/4 cup cold water, 1 egg white, and 1 crushed eggshell. Add to the strained stock and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Strain again through a sieve lined with cheesecloth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

61 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 978mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 30mg 150%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 415mg 9%

* 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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