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vegetable stock
Vegetable Stock
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Every good cook needs a great stock. My vegetable stock is infused with layers of healthy flavor from herbs, veggies and spices, and can take a dish from ordinary to spectacular.

Servings: 10 cups (approx)
Author: Vaishali
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped into 1-inch bits
  • 2 sticks of celery, chopped into 1-inch bits
  • 6 button mushrooms, optional, halved or quartered if very large
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled or unpeeled, cut into half if large
  • 1- inch know of ginger, cut into strips
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 allspice corns, crushed slightly
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 10-12 cups of water
  • 2 sprigs rosemary . Other savory herbs are fine too, like thyme or sage. Use 1 tsp if using dried rosemary. Herbs like mint, coriander and parsley are not great in stocks.
  1. Heat the oil in a stock pot. Add the onions and salt and saute over medium-high until the onions start to turn golden-brown at the edges.
  2. Add the garlic and ginger and saute for another minute. Add the rosemary, bay leaf, all-spice, peppercorns, carrots, celery and mushrooms and saute, stirring frequently, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the water-- the less water you add, the more flavor your stock will have. I prefer adding about 12 cups, but you could add less.
  4. Bring the stock to a boil. Cover with a lid, lower the heat to a simmer, and let the stock cook, undisturbed, for an hour.
  5. Turn off the heat. Let the stock stand until cool and then strain through a fine-meshed sieve or a sieve covered with cheesecloth. Press down on the vegetables to release any liquid in them.
  6. Voila! Your stock is ready. Refrigerate and use as needed.