Basic Vegetable Stock

  By Elyse  ,

May 26, 2017

This healing and hearty stock is great to have on hand and can be sipped alone or added to vegetables, rice, quiona or meat to provide more flavor and nutrients.

  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 1 hrs 30 mins
  • Yields: 5 quarts


3 celery ribs, cut into 2-inch pieces

4 medium carrots, quartered and cut into 2-inch pieces (about ¾ pound)

1 pound shallots, trimmed and halved (through stem)

3 medium onions, trimmed and halved (through stem)

1 head garlic, halved crosswise

2 red bell peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup dry white wine

1 cup San Marzano plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped

8 fresh parsley stems and leaves, washed well

5 fresh thyme sprigs

16 whole peppercorns

3 bay leaves

6 quart cold water (or enough to cover all the ingredients by 2 inches)


1Preheat oven to 425°F

2Combine celery, carrots, shallots, onions, garlic, bell peppers, and olive oil in a large bowl and coat vegetables well with the oil.

3Place in roasting pan and roast in middle of oven, turning occasionally, until vegetables are lightly caramelized and golden, about 30-40 minutes.

4Transfer vegetables to an 8-quart stockpot.

5Place the roasting pan over 2 burners and heat for 2 minutes. Add wine and deglaze pan by cooking over moderate heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits, about 2 minutes.

6Pour all of the wine and vegetable dripping into the stockpot. Add tomatoes, parsley, thyme, peppercorns, bay leaves, and water.

7Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes.

8To complete, pour stock through a fine sieve into a large bowl and discard vegetables, taking care not to press down hard on the vegetable solids.

FAB Tips: Stock may be made up to one week ahead and refrigerate or frozen up to 2 months. To save room in your freezer, after straining the stock, reduce it by half and cool. Freeze in ice cube trays and store in ziplocs. Depending on the use of the stock, you may have to dilute it with water when you take it out of the freezer.


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