Vegetable Stock

This recipe is part of the recipe for Navy Vegetable Soup with Tortilla Crisps


Makes about 7 cups


2 medium onions
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 leeks, cleaned
3 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
8 cups cold water
6 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 turnip, peeled, cut into chunks (optional)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
4 sprigs fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
2 bay leaves


  1. Trim tops and roots from onions, leaving most of dried outer skin intact; cut into wedges.
  2. Heat oil in stockpot or 5-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat until hot. Add onions, leeks and celery; cook and stir 5 minutes or until vegetables are limp but not brown. Add water, carrots, turnip, garlic, parsley, thyme, pepper and bay leaves. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, uncovered, 1-1/2 hours. Remove from heat. Cool slightly and strain through large sieve or colander to remove vegetables and herbs. Press vegetables lightly with slotted spoon to remove excess liquid; discard vegetables.
  3. Use immediately or refrigerate stock in tightly covered container up to 2 days or freeze stock in batches in freezer containers for several months.

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