Easy 1-Pot Vegetable Broth

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Three glass jars filed with the BEST homemade vegetable broth and surrounded by fresh carrots, thyme, parsley, and tomato paste

Friends! I’m so excited to bring you this delicious kitchen staple that is SO easy to make. I’ve been telling all of my friends how they should start doing it, too.

Consider yourself part of the inner circle who gets in on a secret: Making vegetable broth is what all the cool kids are doing. Let me show you how!

Onions, carrots, celery, fresh herbs, garlic, bay leaf, salt and olive oil on a cutting board ready to make the BEST vegetable broth recipe

This broth is easy to make, requiring just 1 pot and basic ingredients you likely have on hand year-round.

The inspiration for making my own broth originally came from my pal Phoebe, who shared in her wellness book about making broth from vegetable scraps and garlic and onion skins collected throughout the week. BRILLIANT! Why had no one told me this before?

Ever since, I’ve been saving a big bag of vegetable scraps (carrot peels and tops, greens on their last leg, onion ends, etc.) in a bag in my freezer, and when it’s full, I know it’s broth time.

Stirring a big pot with vegetables for making the BEST homemade vegetable broth

I start by sautéing the sturdier vegetables down until soft and tender. Then I add water, salt, pepper, and herbs.

Herbs add the “umami” to the soup, in my opinion. I went with fresh thyme, parsley, and rosemary and a bay leaf for good measure.

And for even more depth of flavor? Tomato paste and nutritional yeast! I know it sounds like an unlikely combination that makes this broth cheesy and tomato-heavy. But a little goes a long way in adding extra “oomph” to the broth and helps take it from vegetable water to AMAZING broth!

Cutting board featuring two of the key ingredients used in our post on how to make the BEST Vegetable Broth

After about 1 hour of simmering on low, the flavors develop and your broth is ready to go.

Of course, you can cook it longer (the longer the better, really). But 1 hour is about the minimum for truly delicious broth. All that’s left to do is strain into storage jars and you’re set!

Stirring a pot of simmering homemade vegetable broth

I hope you all LOVE this broth! It’s:

Hearty
Rich
Flavorful
Versatile
Easy to make
Healthy
& Super delicious

This broth makes the PERFECT base for soups, sauces, gravy, and all kinds of recipes, like my 1-Pot Chickpea Noodle Soup1-Pot Vegan Minestrone, Simple Vegan Stuffing, Easy Vegan Poutine, Thyme & White Bean Pot Pies, Mushroom & Leek Risotto, Tomato & Vegetable White Bean Soup, 1-Pot Curried Lentil Potato Soup, and Coconut Curry Ramen.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Close up shot showcasing the rich color of the BEST homemade vegetable broth

Easy 1-Pot Vegetable Broth

An easy, 1-pot recipe for homemade vegetable broth! The perfect way to use up vegetable scraps and skins to make delicious broth for soups and more!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Jars of homemade Easy 1-Pot Vegetable Broth on a cutting board with tomato paste, carrots, and herbs
4.95 from 129 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 (1-cup servings)
Course Soup
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil (if avoiding oil, sub water)
  • 1 medium onion (with skins // finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (with skins // finely chopped // or sub garlic-infused olive oil)
  • 4 medium carrots (with skins // finely chopped)
  • 4 stalks celery (finely chopped)
  • 1-2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper (plus more to taste // divided)
  • 9-10 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup chopped sturdy greens (kale, collards, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 small handful fresh thyme*
  • 1 small handful fresh rosemary*
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 3-4 Tbsp nutritional yeast (if you don’t have it, omit)
  • 4-5 Tbsp tomato paste

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add oil (or water), onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. Add 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper (amount as recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and stir to coat. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until softened and slightly browned, stirring frequently.
  • Add water, greens, parsley, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, and another 1/2 tsp sea salt and black pepper (amount as recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and increase heat to medium high until the mixture comes to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and add nutritional yeast and tomato paste (add less of both for less intense flavor, or more for bigger more robust flavor!). Stir to combine and loosely cover (with the lid cracked).
  • Continue cooking for at least 30 minutes, preferably 45 minutes to 1 hour. The flavor will deepen the longer it cooks.
  • Near the end of cooking, taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more herbs for herby/earthy flavor, salt for saltiness, pepper for a little spice, or tomato paste or nutritional yeast for “umami” and depth of flavor. In total, I added about 2 tsp sea salt and black pepper (amount as recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and all of the suggested amount of nutritional yeast and tomato paste (both of which add depth of flavor and make the broth rich).
  • Let cool slightly before pouring over a strainer into another pot. Then divide between storage vessels (I prefer glass mason jars). Let cool completely before sealing. Store in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month (sometimes longer). Perfect for use in soups, recipes, gravy, and more! Recipes listed above.

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Notes

*If using leftover veggie scraps: either add in addition to the vegetables or slightly scale the vegetables back. They can be added straight from frozen. 
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with avocado oil, all of the recommended salt, pepper, tomato paste, and nutritional yeast and with half of the vegetables because they are strained.
*You can sub 1 Tbsp dried thyme or rosemary per small handful fresh herb.
*Recipe makes ~10 cups broth.
*Recipe inspiration from Jennifer’s Kitchen.

Nutrition (1 of 10 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 42 Carbohydrates: 5.2 g Protein: 2.4 g Fat: 1.6 g Saturated Fat: 0.2 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 486 mg Fiber: 2.1 g Sugar: 1.7 g

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  1. Katarina Schare says

    I made this recipe and first left out the tomatoes. It didn’t quite to the trick. Once the tomato paste was added, it was the most delicious vegetable broth I have ever had! Instead of streaming the veggies through a strainer, I put them (once they were cooled down) in a kitchen cloth and “wrenched them”. I got a lot more juice out of them that way. More flavor. Less waste. Thanks for a fantastic recipe!

  2. Fran says

    Excellent recipe I’ve made a couple of times now; I have modified based on what veggies and herbs I have on hand and add extra nutritional yeast and a whole can of tomato paste. It freezes well and is a great base for a lot of soups and vegan dishes I’m learning to make, as my husband has recently switched to a vegan diet for health reasons and I am now pretty much vegetarian (although I still sometimes give in to being a ‘flexitarian’ and having some cheese on occasion!).

  3. David Manchester says

    If I chop the pieces larger do you think I could leave them in, add some beans and noodles and make it into minestrone or do I have to remove all the cooked veggies first?

  4. Haillee says

    I’ve been making my own broth from veggie scraps for a few months now. I’ve been looking for a simple recipe to add a bit more dimension and flavor to my broth and this recipe delivers! I didn’t have fresh herbs on hand so I used dried thyme, basil, and parsley, three bay leaves and assorted combination of kitchen scraps, including red and green pepper tops and cores, celery and squash ends, garlic and onion skins,and whatever kale and collard stems.

    Delicious!

  5. Suzanne says

    Fantastic recipe! The only change I made is to add a jalapeno pepper and a whole little can of tomato paste. It now tastes very much like a less salted version of V8 :)
    I’m in dieting mode, and this is my go-to drink alternative to snacking.
    Couldn’t be happier with the flavour. Thank you so much for the recipe.