Homemade Vegetable Stock

This rich, full-bodied stock can be used in any soup recipe to enrich the flavor. Additional vegetables such as leeks or mushrooms can be added, but stay away from anything too strong, such as cabbage, beets, or broccoli. For an even richer stock, roast the vegetables before adding them to the stockpot.

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large yellow onion, left unpeeled, quartered
1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
1 celery stalk (including leaves), coarsely chopped
2 quarts water
3 large all-purpose potatoes
3 garlic cloves, left unpeeled, crushed
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon salt

1. Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, and celery, cover and cook, stirring a few times, until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove the lid and stir in the water.

2. Thoroughly scrub the potatoes and peel them thickly. Add the potato peels to the stock; reserve the potatoes for another use. Add the garlic parsley, bay leaves, peppercorns, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

3. Strain the stock through a sieve into a large bowl or pot, pressing against the solids with the back of a spoon. The stock can be used now, cooled and refrigerated for up to 3 or 4 days, or portioned and frozen for up to a month.

Makes about 6 cups.

Adapted from The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook, by Robin Robertson Robertson (The Harvard Common Press, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Robin Robertson. Reprinted by permission of The Harvard Common Press.


Elisa F.
Elisa F5 years ago

Thanks for the recipe :)

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe6 years ago

Hey, thanks for the recipe!! I made a copy of it to make this weekend since it turned off cool again. It sounds good!!!

Judy A.
Judy A6 years ago

Recipe sounds great!!

Cecily Pretty
Cecily P7 years ago

I attempted to make veggie stock last week and it turned out terribly... probably should have used a good recipe like this one :P

Kiana Siino
Kiana S7 years ago

I usually save vegetable peelings and ends in a bag in the freezer and make up a big batch of stock and make it into ice cubes. They're very convenient to throw into soups and stews :)

colleen p.
colleen p7 years ago

always celery and onion. they are the Adam and Eve of soups.

Neil A.
Neil A7 years ago

I prefer vegetable stock, better for your health & economic.

Cathy P.
Cathy P7 years ago

Thank you!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 7 years ago

Healthy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Parvez Zuberi
Parvez Zuberi7 years ago

Thanks for the recipe