Soup

Homemade Vegetable Broth Recipe

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

1 hour 20 minutes

Yield

2L Vegetable Broth

 Everyone is drinking bone broth these days. I guess you can say it’s a buzz word in the health food industry. However, it’s not really so popular for vegan and vegetarian diets, for obvious reasons. Bone broths are highly nutritious and come with all sorts of health benefits. That’s why I wanted to create a spin on a typical bone broth with this vegetable broth recipe that is also incredibly healthy, vegan-friendly, and so delicious. You can use this vegetable broth recipe as a base for soups, stews, or just to sip on if you’re feeling unwell or need an extra healthy boost. 

vegetable broth recipe

vegetable broth recipe

The secrets for the perfect vegetable broth recipe 

One of my biggest pieces of advice for really taking this homemade vegetable broth recipe to the next level is to roast your vegetables before adding them to water and reduce by half on the stovetop. If you’re short on time and can’t do that, then the traditional route is fine too, this just really adds an extra boost of flavour. A few additional tips to ace this recipe: 

  • Be sure to use Kombu, white miso and dehydrated mushrooms – these 3 ingredients are so important and will really, really elevate your broth
  • Use good quality (or even organic) produce and herbs
  • Use filtered water (save yourself time by pre-boiling)
  • 10000% use a strainer to press out any excess liquid from the veg, this makes for an incredibly saturated taste + ensures you end up with a smooth stock

Mountain Rose Herbs Kombu

Magical Kombu

For this recipe, I teamed up with my friends at Mountain Rose Herbs. I’ve been working with them for a while because I love their products! I recently made this yummy White Truffle Vanilla Mac & Cheese and showed you how to make quick and easy pickled veggies. With their high quality, organic products. For this recipe, it’s no different, I’ve used their Kombu to create this perfect vegetable broth recipe. 

Kombu Flakes

What on earth is Kombu? Kombu is an edible kelp that is widely used in East Asia. This species is cultivated on ropes in the seas of Japan and Korea. Although Kombu’s roots are closely connected with Japan and Korea, Mountain Rose Herbs Kombu is cultivated off the coast of Maine. Kombu is used extensively in Japanese cuisine and is one of the primary ingredients needed to make dashi, a soup stock. That’s why it makes such a perfect addition to this vegan bone broth. 

Kombu Flakes

Kombu is loaded with nutrients, which makes it a great addition to this broth recipe because since you don’t get the nutrients from bones like in a typical bone broth, Kombu makes up for it. Kombu is: 

  • Low calorie & nutrient-dense
  • Contains potassium, fibre, calcium, iron & magnesium
  • Also has vitamins C, A, E, K, and B-vitamins 
  • A great source of iodine – which is a critical component in thyroid hormones 
  • Rich in omega 3 fatty acids 
  • Known as the “treasure of the sea” for its antioxidant properties 

vegetable broth recipe

vegetable broth recipe

vegetable broth recipe

Other soups you’ll love 

Looking for other warming winter soups? Here are some you can add to your list to try: 

What is your fav soup in the wintertime? Share below in the comments!

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Homemade Vegetable Broth Recipe

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2L Vegetable Broth
  • Category: Soup

Description

This homemade vegetable broth recipe is easy to make and will give you the benefits of a typical bone broth with a vegan twist!


Ingredients

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 large sweet white onions, finely sliced, skins on

1 head of garlic, halved

3 stalks of celery, roughly chopped

3 medium-sized carrots, roughly chopped

1 cup dehydrated mushrooms

3 tbsp. Kombu Flakes – I used Mountain Rose Herbs brand

3 tbsp. white miso paste

1 small bunch of thyme

5 sprigs of fresh parsley

5 sprigs of fresh cilantro

1 tbsp. black peppercorns

15 cups of water

season to taste with salt


Instructions

To a very large pot add your olive oil and heat for 30 seconds before adding your onion, whole garlic, carrot and celery.  On medium heat cook down the vegetable for around 20 minutes or until reduced by around half in size. Be sure to stir every so often to avoid burning.

Once the mixture is reduced by around half add the dehydrated mushrooms, Kombu and Miso to the pot and stir till everything is well coated.  Cook for one minute before adding in your thyme, parsley, cilantro and black peppercorns.  Stir for another minute and increase heat to high.

To the pot, add your 15 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Using a wooden spoon scrape the bottom bits of the pan to make sure anything stuck at the base incorporates into the broth (this is where all the flavour lives).  Once your mixture has come to boil, reduce heat and simmer for around 40-50 minutes or until reduced by around half.

Let the broth cool slightly before putting through a mesh sieve to strain into another pot or into jars.  Lightly press down on the veggies to release any excess liquid. Don’t press too hard, you want this to remain clear with no lumps.

Great on it’s own, in soups + stews.  Before sure to season with salt before eating!


Notes

Cool and freeze your veg to use again or compost.

Be sure to use Kombu, white miso and dehydrated mushrooms – these 3 ingredients are so important and will really, really elevate your broth

Use good quality (or even organic) produce and herbs

Use filtered water (save yourself time by pre-boiling)

10000% use a strainer to press out any excess liquid from the veg, this makes for an incredibly saturated taste + ensures you end up with a smooth stock

Jessie Tuz

I have been making my own veggie broth for a years now, but usually I just throw a frozen bag of veggie trimmings in a pot, cover with water and simmer for a couple hours. But I adapted Maria’s recipe, and instead of using carrots and celery, I added my bag of frozen veggie trimmings. And it is SO GOOD!!! Better than store bought by a long shot! This is going to really elevate all my soups, I’m so excited. Thank you Maria!!!

Thank you so much for the love, Jessie! I love this vegetable broth recipe so much! Just you try to just sip it?

Amanda

I always use my frozen vege trimmings along with water and simmer like the gal above. It is good but not super flavorful. I am excited to try this recipe with them tonight! I am going to use it for a vege soup!

This is amazing, I promise! Let me know what you think by leaving us a star review once you’ve made it!
Maria x

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