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Vegetable Stock – Take Two

Vegetable Stock – Take Two

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It seems I`m not feeling too wordsy right now…I just spilled all the words I have about how to make the richest, tastiest vegetable stock over on my newest posting at Eat Magazine.

Never fear, I`m sure the words will come back shortly.  They always do.  Until then, here`s the Vegetable Stock recipe to go along with the article.  (Smooth, eh?)


Is it soup time in your neck of the woods yet?  Try your fresh batch of veggie stock in these soups:

Cauliflower & Smoked Cheddar

Spiced Red Lentil

Onion & Fennel

(Click on the title below for a printable version of the recipe.)

: Vegetable Stock

: It`s not just for vegetarians anymore

  • Vegetable Oil – 2 Tble
  • Leeks, whites only, chopped – 2 large
  • Carrots, peeled & chopped – 2 medium
  • Celery stalks, chopped – 2 medium
  • Fennel (stalks only, feathery fronds removed), chopped – 1 Cup
  • Mushrooms or Mushroom Stems, chopped – 1 Cup
  • Tomato Paste – 1 tsp (5ml) – (optional)
  • Onion Brule – ½ an onion (skin on), blackened on a dry griddle or heavy pan – (optional)
  • Garlic, whole – 4 cloves
  • Parsley Stems – 6
  • Fresh Thyme – 2 sprigs
  • Dried Mushroom (Porcini, Morel or Shiitake) – 1 pce
  • Sun-Dried Tomato (not in oil) – 1 pce
  • Whole Black Peppercorns – 6
  • Bay Leaves -2
  • Chili Flakes – ½ tsp (2ml)
  1. Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the leeks, carrots, celery, fennel stalks and mushrooms and sweat gently until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste if using, and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Cover the vegetables with 2 quarts (litres) of COLD water, increase the heat to med. high and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, add the onion brule (if using), and tie the rest of the ingredients into a piece of cheesecloth or use a tea ball to keep your bouquet garnii together.
  3. Simmer for 30-40 minutes, topping up the water if necessary. Remove from the heat, and ladle the liquid through a strainer lined with dampened cheesecloth, a dishcloth or coffee filter. Gently press on the solids to extract all of the liquid.
  4. Cool quickly and chill. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


  • The tomato paste and onion brule are more for colour than flavour.  If you prefer a light coloured stock, omit these 2 ingredients.
  • The better the vegetables that go into the stock, the better the finished product.  Garbage in (trimmings, peel and vegetables past their prime) equals garbage out.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 12

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  1. Belinda @zomppa
    October 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    You’re giving no reasons not to have a pot of stock!

  2. claudia
    October 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Yes, it’s time to start filling the freezer with different stocks. I will be starting here.

  3. Boulder Locavore
    October 25, 2011 at 11:34 am

    This sounds great Theresa. I’m full on into soup mode and love the depth of your stock. Would love to clean out the rest of the garden and make this before our snow hits this week!

  4. Katherine Martinelli
    October 26, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Mmmm I love homemade stock and this recipe looks like one to keep! Can’t wait to check out your article in Eat, very cool!

  5. the constant hunger
    October 26, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Nothing enhances the flavor of soups and stews like homemade stock. Great ingredient list.

  6. I will be needing veggie stock tomorrow so this is on my list to make for the dish. Many thanks.

  7. danielle
    October 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Last time I made vegetable stock I trusted the wrong person to watch my pot. I came back and all the vegetables were sitting in a strainer in the sink..all of the stock down the drain. They smiled and said “I finished it for you!” sigh…..

    • Theresa
      October 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm


  8. Eliot
    October 28, 2011 at 2:39 am

    The weather is cooling off here. I love soup time of year. I have never tried veggie stock. Love the sounds of this recipe. Hope your words come back soon.

    • Theresa
      October 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Never fear Eliot! I had a beer, and, magically, all of those words came flooding back…

  9. Tiffany
    October 29, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Awesome! You know, I almost never make my own stock…. which is kind of silly. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  10. Kristi Rimkus
    October 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    With all those wonderful veggies, I’d be tempted to turn this into a delicious vegetable soup!

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