Vegetarian Broth Recipe

Cyd Converse

Vegetarian broth is super easy to make, and can be the base of many different soups! We'll show you how with this easy, adaptable recipe.

Made with wholesome, plant-based ingredients, this simple vegetarian broth is full of flavor and nutrients. This recipe just goes to show that you don't need meat bones in order to make a tasty broth - healthy vegetables are more than up to the task!

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This vegetarian broth recipe is designed to use up all that leftover veggie pulp you have when you juice vegetables. But there are lots of other things you can put into it too!

At the beginning of each week, start collecting all your veggie scraps in a bag - everything from carrot tops and peelings to cauliflower cores. Keep the bag in your freezer and add to it on a daily basis. You can even put in things like onion and garlic skin too!

By the end of the week, I guarantee you'll be amazed by just how much veggie waste was destined for the trash! Using all those scraps to make a rich vegetable broth is a great, environmentally friendly alternative - plus it saves you money.

How to use your homemade vegetable broth

There are lots of different ways to put homemade vegetable broth to use in the kitchen.

It makes the ideal base for everything from vegetarian soups to delicious sauces and gravies.

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And there are quite a few recipes right here on this site that call for it, so it's good to know you can easily have a supply to hand whenever you need it.

This Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie recipe is a great example. A British comfort food typically made with lamb, this version uses veggie broth to simmer the vegetables, which are then poured into a casserole dish, topped with mashed potato and baked.

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Another great vegetarian recipe to try is this wonderful Pasta Primavera. It is cooked right in the skillet, which means the pasta doesn't need draining or rinsing and all the starch goes into the sauce. This results into a lovely, creamy texture that makes this dish extra special.

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For soups made with vegetable broth, why not try this Garbanzo Bean Vegetable Soup, or this Quinoa Chickpea Spinach soup, which is suitable for vegan diets too. If you are looking for something even more satisfying, this Tomato Tortellini Soup really fits the bill!

Remember, though, that vegetarian broth doesn't have to be used for JUST vegetarian recipes. It can be a great substitute for meat broths and can be used in recipes like this Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup, or this Healthy Jambalaya, just packed with succulent shrimp!


Vegetarian Broth Recipe

    18 Servings


  • 9 cups Water
  • 2 cups Vegetable Juice Pulp
  • Soup Spices, like Rosemary, Bay Leaves, All-Spice and Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Boil 9 cups of water in a large pot.
  2. Once boiling, add your leftover vegetable pulp, salt, pepper and your favorite spices. We tend to include rosemary, bay leaves, all-spice and thyme.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer for about an hour.
  4. Either strain the broth or leave it chunky. You can store it in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze up to 3 months.


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Author: Cyd Converse
Recipe Yields: 18 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 80 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/2 cup
Servings Per Recipe 18

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 8

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 15mg
Total Carbohydrate 2g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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