Ultra Satisfying Homemade Vegetable Broth

How to make homemade vegetable broth that is hearty enough to enjoy alone as soup and works perfectly as a replacement to boxed stock in your favorite recipes. You will never want to buy the boxed broth again. Jump to the Homemade Vegetable Broth Recipe

Ultra Satisfying Homemade Vegetable Broth

How to Make The Best Tasting Vegetable Broth

We love rich chicken and bone broths so it was a challenge to create a meatless vegetable broth that makes us just as happy. After a few tries, we came up with this rich, hearty broth recipe. When I’m sipping away, I even question whether or not there were bones used! It’s that good.

I often enjoy this veggie broth alone without anything added (it’s so satisfying) and also use it as a substitute to chicken broth in my favorite soup recipes (see this vegetable soup and this potato soup).

Three Tricks For The BEST Vegetarian Broth

For Rich, Satisfying Broth, Roast The Vegetables. Roasting onion, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and garlic until nicely brown intensifies the flavor of the broth. It also adds color. The roasted vegetables add a rich, satisfying quality to the broth.

Roasted vegetables for the best vegetable broth.
Roasting vegetables before making the broth is the secret to rich, hearty, and flavorful vegetable broth.

Add tomatoes. Tomatoes add sweetness, color, and umami. Tomatoes are naturally high in glutamate, which means they help out with that “fifth taste.” Umami makes dishes taste good — it adds that something something. By adding the tomatoes to the broth, it becomes rich and crave-worthy.

Making veggie broth -- adding tomatoes for extra sweetness and umami.
Tomatoes add umami, sweetness, and color to the veggie broth.

Use dried mushrooms. Even though we don’t add any bones or meat to this recipe, it was important for us to still have some “meatiness” in the broth. Mushrooms — especially dried — are the solution. Just 1 ounce of dried mushrooms turns this veggie broth from okay to something you actually question whether or not it’s vegetarian or vegan.

Adding dried mushrooms to the broth.
Just 1 ounce of dried mushrooms turns this veggie broth from okay to something you actually question whether or not it’s vegetarian or vegan.

With those three easy tricks, you can make rich, crave-worthy vegetable broth in under 2 hours. We sip on it during the day, have used it to make vegetable noodle soups, and have already used it in some of our favorite soup recipes. This is definitely something to add to your kitchen — it even freezes up to 3 months!

Homemade vegetable broth

Here Are Some Recipes Where We Use Vegetable Broth

Ultra Satisfying Homemade Vegetable Broth

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This homemade vegetable broth is hearty enough to enjoy alone as soup and works perfectly as a replacement to boxed stock in your favorite recipes. Roasting is the secret for rich and hearty vegetable broth. When seasoned well, we find this veggie broth just as satisfying as bone broth. Think of the recipe below as a guide and feel free to add any vegetable scraps in your fridge or freezer. Leeks, turnips or mushroom scraps are all excellent when added to the broth. For even more richness, we add dried mushrooms — these can be purchased online and are often found in the spice aisle of larger grocery stores. They pack a punch and add a “meatiness” to the broth.

Makes approximately 10 cups

You Will Need

1 pound onion (3 medium)

1 pound carrots (5 to 6 medium)

1/2 pound celery (4 to 5 ribs)

1 pound tomatoes (4 small)

4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 ounce dried mushrooms such as porcini, oyster or shiitake

Half bunch fresh parsley, leaves and stems or just use the stems

3 sprigs fresh thyme

2 bay leaves

1 to 2 cups vegetable scraps from fridge or freezer, optional

1 teaspoon sea salt, optional

12 cups water, preferably filtered


  • Roast Vegetables
  • Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Grab a rimmed baking sheet or a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish for roasting the vegetables.

    Peel onion and roughly chop into 1-inch chunks. Scrub carrots and celery clean and cut roughly into 1-inch chunks. Rinse tomatoes and if they are large, half or quarter them.

    Add onion, carrots, celery, tomato, and the garlic to baking sheet or pan. Toss with olive oil then roast 15 minutes. Stir vegetables and roast another 15 minutes. Stir once more, and then roast until the vegetables are nicely browned and the tomatoes are caving in, another 10 minutes or so.

    • Make Broth
    • Cover dried mushrooms with about 1/2 cup of cold water and set aside for 5 minutes.

      Spoon the roasted vegetables into a tall stockpot. Add 1 cup of water to the baking sheet or pan then stir it around, scraping up as much of the browned bits stuck to the bottom as you can. Pour over the vegetables in the stockpot.

      Add the parsley, thyme, bay leaves, vegetable scraps you need to use up, and the salt (if using).

      Add the partially rehydrated mushrooms then pour the water they are sitting in through a fine mesh strainer to catch any grit. Add the strained mushroom water to the pot with vegetables.

      Cover with 11 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook, partially covered, for 45 minutes.

      Strain broth and use immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days, or freeze up to 3 months. When using, taste the broth and adjust the seasoning with additional salt or if you are okay with using it, a few dashes of fish sauce.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Dried mushrooms alternative: If you are unable to find dried mushrooms, you can add mushroom scraps or chopped mushrooms to the onions and carrots when they roast. Dried mushrooms will be stronger, but this will still make a delicious broth.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values. We have omitted salt since you will need to add to your tastes. The nutrition facts are for 1 cup of broth.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 70 / Protein 2 g / Carbohydrate 10 g / Dietary Fiber 3 g / Total Sugars 5 g / Total Fat 3 g / Saturated Fat 0 g / Cholesterol 0 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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27 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Nancy May 17, 2021, 1:21 am

    This sounds terrific. Do you have any suggestions for substitutions for those of us who need to avoid nightshades like tomatoes (bell peppers, chilies, etc.)?

    • Joanne January 7, 2022, 2:14 pm

      Hi Nancy, I’d try leaving them out. They add a bit more richness, but the broth will still taste lovely without them.

  • Lorna February 20, 2021, 5:28 pm

    Holy cow!!! This was delicious! Obviously more time consuming than just using a bouillon cube, but so worth it.

  • Batoul January 4, 2021, 11:02 pm

    This veg broth has the perfect balance of flavors! the roasted tomatoes is the best part of it. I’m writing this review as I sip on this delicious broth. I pureed the cooked vegetables to add to a soup later. Nothing goes to waste. Thank you!

    • Joanne January 5, 2021, 2:23 pm

      We are thrilled you loved it!

  • Stefani Stef December 15, 2020, 12:38 pm

    I just happened to find this recipe and just happened to have these veggies! I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t know you could roast celery! I left out the mushroom, but made the tomato, onion, celery and carrots. Blended some to thicken my veggie soup and added white beans and spinach. AHHHMAAZING!

  • Joan November 4, 2020, 3:17 pm

    Exceptionally flavorful – 10 stars! Making my second batch now. Added Parsnips on a whim as they really amped the flavor. And, you are so right, roasting the vegetables in advance makes a world of difference in flavor! What heady aromas emanate from my kitchen when roasting the vegetables. This is my new go to for vegetable broth – thank you so much for sharing, Adam & Joanne!

  • Rebecca July 10, 2020, 3:46 pm

    Yummy and healthy.

  • Margherite sorensen October 6, 2019, 9:18 am

    I look forward to making your pho and veggie broth especially.

  • Malcom January 29, 2019, 3:24 pm

    I’m getting ready to come off a 31 day Fast…..We were instructed to eat broth for a day or two….This looks good, so I’ve decided to try it….I will post a picture on Instagram. Be Blessed and thank you ?? for sharing

    • Christopher Perry April 1, 2021, 7:30 pm

      I’m soon to be coming off of 38 day master cleanse. I will be using this broth to do so.

  • Mary Ann January 5, 2019, 6:42 pm

    This is delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Letizia December 11, 2018, 8:53 am

    Hi, I love this recipe! I only have one question: I’ve heard that parsley should never be cooked, because when it cooks it releases toxic substances. What’s your opinion on this? Thank you!

    • Joanne December 12, 2018, 2:50 pm

      Hi there, This is not something we are familiar with. If you are concerned, I’d check with your doctor.

  • Bernard McWilliams November 11, 2018, 8:19 am

    Very keen on real food. About to try out some of your recipes, they sound delicious.

  • Shirley February 17, 2018, 11:42 pm

    I only have One Word to describe this Veggie Broth. AMAZING!!!!!!

  • Jazzy January 22, 2018, 8:19 pm

    I made this! it is very satisfying. thank you for the recipe ??

  • Melissa September 16, 2017, 5:01 pm

    After roasting the vegetables to use for broth, can they be added to the soup or do they have to be discarded? Thanks. Looking forward to trying this recipe!

    • Adam September 28, 2017, 4:25 pm

      After making the broth the vegetables will have given most of their flavor to the broth and will be quite mushy.

    • Maria November 20, 2017, 9:02 pm

      I’ve often pureed the roasted veggies (either in a food processor or with an immersion blender – depending on how chunky you like t) and added Veg broth to make a roasted veg soup !!! Nothing goes to waste !

      • Barbata November 7, 2018, 2:43 pm

        Delicious!! Thank you for thus recipe. I pureed the veggies and put them through a strainer to remove the celery strings, added it to leftover spaghetti sauce, plus cream, and ended up with a delicious tomato soup.

  • Jean Fox May 19, 2017, 7:36 pm

    I came upon your website by accident. It is wonderful. I have made both the blueberry and strawberry muffins and will be making the chewy oatmeal raisin cookies for a church luncheon next week. The secret you gave about stirring the muffin batter was great. My muffins are large. Can’t wait for other recipes.


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