Homemade Basic Vegetable Stock Recipe

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Homemade Basic Vegetable Stock Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
60 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on October 03, 2023

Learn how to make your own flavorful and versatile vegetable stock with this simple recipe. This homemade stock is made with a variety of vegetables, herbs, and seasonings, giving it a rich and savory taste. Use it as a base for soups, stews, sauces, and other delicious recipes.


  • 2 large onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups water


  1. In a large stockpot, heat some olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions, carrots, celery, leek, and garlic to the pot. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  3. Add the parsley, bay leaves, peppercorns, salt, and water to the pot.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Taste the stock and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  6. Remove the pot from the heat and strain the stock using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
  7. Discard the solids and let the stock cool completely before transferring it to containers for storage.
  8. Store the vegetable stock in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or freeze it for longer storage.

Interesting Facts

  • Vegetable stock is a great way to use up leftover or unused vegetables.
  • You can customize your vegetable stock by adding other herbs and spices, such as thyme, rosemary, or bay leaves.
  • This stock can be used as a substitute for chicken or beef stock in many recipes, making it a versatile ingredient.
  • Making your own vegetable stock is a cost-effective and healthier alternative to store-bought options that may contain preservatives and additives.