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Basic Vegetable Stock – Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association

Basic Vegetable Stock

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2 tablespoons olive oil
4 large onions (quartered)
2 large carrots (quartered, tops reserved)
2 celery stalks (quartered)
8 large garlic cloves (crushed)
2 large leeks (washed, trimmed, tough leaves removed)
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 bay leaves
6 whole peppercorns
1 whole clove
3 quarts water


Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and leeks; cook until browned and softened.

Add carrot tops, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, peppercorns, clove, and water. Bring to a boil; immediately reduce heat to a simmer.

Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 8 cups, about 2 hours.


Mario Hernandez, Market chef

Type of Dish

Soups and stews