Super-Simple Vegetable Broth


This very easy broth is just right as a base for many vegetarian soups. Recipe by Anna Thomas for EatingWell.

Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
about 3 quarts (12 cups)
Nutrition Profile:


  • 8 medium carrots, peeled

  • 2 large onions, peeled

  • 6 stalks celery

  • 2 large leeks, trimmed and thoroughly washed

  • 4 small potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped parsley (about 1 large bunch)

  • 4 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 2 teaspoons dried

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 teaspoons salt, or more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns

  • 4 quarts (16 cups) water


  1. Chop carrots, onions, celery and leeks into 1- to 2-inch chunks; leave the potatoes whole. Combine the vegetables with the remaining ingredients in a soup pot or stock pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and simmer for 1 hour. Strain the broth through a colander, then once more through a fine sieve. If the broth tastes weak, pour it back into the pot and simmer until reduced to a flavor you prefer, 20 to 30 minutes more.


Nutrition Note: After straining and skimming, broth has negligible calories and nutrients except sodium (397 mg per cup).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
% Daily Value *
Sodium 397mg 17%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Magnesium 3mg 1%
Potassium 3mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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