Vegetable Broth

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours


5-1/2 cups

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
The flavor of celery and mushrooms comes through in this homemade vegetable broth. Can be used as a substitution for chicken broth.
Vegetable Broth Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, separated into cloves and peeled
  • 3 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, cleaned and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 cup packed fresh parsley sprigs
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Heat oil in a stockpot over medium heat until hot. Add onions, celery and garlic. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender. Add leeks and carrots; cook and stir 5 minutes. Add water, mushrooms, parsley, thyme, salt, peppercorns and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 1 hour.
  2. Remove from heat. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined colander; discard vegetables. If using immediately, skim fat. Or, refrigerate 8 hours or overnight; remove fat from surface. Broth can be covered and refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 148 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 521mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 4g protein.

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