It’s really easy to make vegetable broth, it’s cheap, healthy and you can use your favorite veggies. I love vegetable broth for dinner, it’s so comforting and keeps me warm. In addition, you can use it to make many recipes like a simple and delicious vegan paella.
This broth has diuretic properties and it’s also a detox soup that can help you to clean your body. It’s low in calories and if you want a lighter version, you can remove the oil and boil the veggies. I prefer to saute the vegetables a little bit, but it’s optional, although the broth has a more intense flavor.
I don’t add extra salt because the tamari or soy sauce is high in sodium. You can add salt instead of the tamari or even remove it if you prefer a low sodium broth. This recipe can be ready in only 15 or 20 minutes, but I prefer to cook the veggies for one and a half hour or even two, because the broth tastes better.
I don’t always use the same veggies, but this is my favorite combo. You can also add other ingredients like mint leaves or ground pepper. Try to use seasonal produce, it’s cheaper, better for the environment and also more nutritious.
The vegetable stock can be kept for several days in the refrigerator and it can be frozen too. I make 4 cups or 1 liter with these ingredients, but you can add more veggies or water if you want to make more. If you cook the broth for less time, less water will evaporate, so you’ll have more liquid, but it will have a less intense flavor.
The measuring bottle you can see in the picture above reminds me one of my favorite television series: Breaking Bad. If you didn’t watch it yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for, it’s amazing!
When the broth is ready, you only have to pour it through a strainer into a large heat-proof bowl or pot and discard solids. You can use the veggies to make a vegetable cream soup, you can place them in a pot with water and fresh veggies (I added chopped pumpkin this time) and cook until the fresh vegetables are soft, then blend until smooth and add salt or other spices or herbs. I had this pumpkin cream soup for dinned with a huge salad, it was a perfect meal!
It’s easy to eat healthy and you don’t have to spend much time cooking in the kitchen. You can make a quick version of this vegetable stock if you cook the veggies for only 15 or 20 minutes or you can let them cook for 1 or 2 hours and you can do other things in the meantime. If you don’t have much time, you can cook this delicious vegetable broth and frozen it, you’ll have an awesome dish in a few minutes, you only have to heat it and enjoy your healthy and comforting broth.
- 1 or 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion
- 2 turnips
- 2 carrots
- 1 celery stalk
- 2 leeks
- 1 potato
- 2 bay leaves
- 8 cups water (2 liters)
- 1 or 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat and when it's hot, add the veggies (chopped). Cook until golden brown.
- Add the bay leaves and the water and cook over high heat until the water starts to boil, then cook the broth over medium heat for 1 or 2 hours.
- Pour the broth through a strainer into a large heat-proof bowl or pot and discard solids. Add the soy sauce or tamari.