4.7 from 13 votes
How to Make Vegetable Broth from Veggie Scraps
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Waste not want not. This easy DIY recipe uses up all those leftover veggie scraps to make a homemade broth.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Canadian, French, Italian
Servings: 12 Cups
Calories: 10 kcal
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 freezer bag full of veggie scraps (onion ends, leftover herbs, carrot peels, broccoli stems, kale stems, squash skins, mushroom stems, celery ends, or any veggie scraps you have)
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add in the onion and garlic and sauté for around 5 minutes until it begins to brown. Add in all the veggie scraps, water, bay leaves, peppercorns, and salt.
  2. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 45 minutes until they broth is fragrant and rich in colour. The broth will vary in colour and taste depending on the scraps used. Put a fine colander over a large bowl or another large pot. Strain out the veggie scraps and discard. Use your broth right away or store it for later. It freezes very well.
Recipe Notes

*Depending on the veggies you use, your broth may vary in potency. Feel free to add more water to thin it out, or to cook the broth down to make it more intensely flavoured if needed.

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