Basic Beef Stock


Rich, hearty beef stock.

close up view of Basic Beef Stock with tomatoes, celery and herbs in a pot
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 10 mins
8 cups


  • 6 pounds beef soup bones

  • 1 large onion

  • 3 large carrots

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 stalks celery, including some leaves

  • 1 large tomato

  • ½ cup chopped parsnip

  • 1 medium potato

  • 8 whole black peppercorns

  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 12 cups water


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

  2. Trim root end off onion. Slice or quarter the onion, peel and all. Scrub carrots and chop into 1-inch chunks. In a large shallow roasting pan, place soup bones, onion, and carrots. Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until the bones are well browned, turning occasionally.

  3. Drain off fat. Place the browned bones, onion, and carrots in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Pour 1/2 cup water into the roasting pan and rinse. Pour this liquid into soup pot.

  4. Scrub the potato and chop it into chunks, peel and all. Chop the celery stalks into thirds. Add celery, tomato, parsnip, potato, peppercorns, parsley (including stems), bay leaf, salt, thyme, and garlic to the pot. Pour in the 12 cups of water.

  5. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 hours. Strain stock. Discard meat, vegetables, and seasonings.

  6. 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 strained stock. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and let stand 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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