Basic Vegetable Broth

Feel free to make additions, subtractions, and substitutions in your vegetable broth. Leeks, spinach, turnips, mushrooms, and tomatoes are all good choices.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 5 minutesTotal: 1 hour 5 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 4 large onions, peeled and quartered
  • 6 large carrots, peeled and quartered
  • 3 large stalks celery, peeled and quartered
  • 1 medium potato, peeled
  • 1 small cabbage, cut into eighths
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 8 cups cold water
  • 1 tsp. salt


  • Place all the ingredients in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to a simmer. Cook for 1 hour.
  • Allow the pot to cool, uncovered, off the heat for an hour or so. Strain the soup through a sieve or colander; then squeeze the solid ingredients so that the extra broth is collected (squeezing inside a cheesecloth works really well). Strain again through cheesecloth for clearer broth.