Make a delicious vegetable broth that keeps all the nutrients right in the mix with this super easy method. It’s a wonderful way to add extra veggies to soups, pastas, and more.

Vegetable broth in three glass jars with lids.

Vegetable Broth

For years, I’ve heard of people making vegetable broth from veggie scraps—but then I realized it’s also possible to make broth with pureed vegetables in the mix. That means you get to keep all the vegetable goodness and enhance many recipes with more nutrients.

I love this as an option for recipes for kids, for when we’re sick and wanting extra comfort, or simply as a way to add nutrients into a child’s diet when variety is otherwise lacking. Also: It’s a wonderful and easy way to add flavor to all sorts of foods.

We love this as a base for Pastina Soup, Alphabet Soup, Minestrone, and Black Bean Soup. It’s my favorite alternative to chicken stock and it’s so easy to make at home.

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Ingredients You Need

Here’s a look at what you need to make this homemade vegetable broth so you know what to have on hand. (I love this since the ingredient list is so basic.)

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  • Carrots: I use regular carrots here and simply wash them and trim the ends. You don’t need to peel the since they’ll be pureed at the end.
  • Celery: Along with carrot and onion, I add celery for that classic flavor you expect in broth. Simply trim the ends and give it a quick rinse.
  • Onion: I like to cook with yellow onion as I like the flavor, but white onion works here, too. Trim the ends and cut it in half.
  • Garlic: I usually add fresh garlic cloves if I have it. I don’t add a ton since I don’t want the flavor to be too strong, but if you love garlic, add more!
  • Water: I use regular filtered tap water as the liquid here. You don’t need anything fancy, just the normal stuff will do.

You can also season this with salt and pepper to taste, or add tomato paste, parsley leaves, or ginger to make a delicious broth for Rice Noodle Soup. I don’t typically add bay leaf, but you could add that and remove it before pureeing.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s an overview of how to make this quick vegetable broth so you know what to expect from the process. Scroll down to the end of the post for the full recipe.

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  1. Wash, dry, and trim the vegetables. Discard any peels.
  2. Add to a pot with a lot of water. Simmer. I prefer to keep it at a heat level below a boil so it cooks more gently.
  3. Once the ingredients are very soft, add them to a blender.
  4. Puree smooth, thinning with additional water as you like to reach the desired consistency.

You can now use this as is or use it half-and-half with chicken stock.

One-pot vegetable broth in pan with wooden spoon.

How to Store

Let the homemade broth cool at least slightly and store in airtight containers in the fridge for up to a week. Or, let cool fully and freeze in a Souper Cube or in an ice cube tray. Freeze for up to 6 months.

If you use an ice cube tray, you can add one frozen cube at a time to a child’s serving of pasta or rice to add flavor and cool the hot food down.

Vegetable broth in ice cube tray and glass jar.

Recipes that Use Vegetable Broth

Below are some of my favorite ways to use homemade vegetable broth.

Quick Pastina Soup
With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can make this cozy Pastina Soup to share with the kids in under 30 minutes. Look for little star "pastina" pasta in the pasta aisle.
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Pastina soup in numerous bowls with spoons and sides.
Favorite Alphabet Soup
You can use ABC pasta, orzo, pastina, or ditalini—or any other very small pasta shape in this Alphabet Soup recipe. And you can start with fresh or frozen veggies. See below for options.
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Easy Chicken Noodle Soup for Kids
This easy recipe makes a big pot of comforting soup to feed the whole family—babies, toddlers, and big kids included. The leftovers store nicely so you can enjoy it for a few days!
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chicken soup for kids in teal bowl
Easy Macaroni Soup
Made with mostly pantry and freezer staples, this cozy Macaroni Soup is easy and flavorful—and so nourishing. I love to make this with elbows, but other small pasta shapes such as wagon wheels would work well, too.
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Easy Butternut Squash Apple Soup
With a quick cooking method and the creamiest texture, this easy Butternut Squash Apple Soup is a family favorite. It is great for babies on up to adults, is dairy-free and packed with vegetarian protein, and just tastes so good. We love this with buttered toast or crackers.
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Butternut squash soup in various containers.
Quick Rice Noodle Soup
With a quick cooking time and streamlined technique, this Rice Noodle Soup is full of flavor and an easy family meal.
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Rice noodle soup in two bowls and pot.
Vegetable broth in glass jar with lid.

Best Tips for Success

  • Trim and wash the veggies before adding to the pot.
  • Puree really, really smooth for the best results.
  • Add more water or chicken broth as desired to thin out (or lighten the color of) the sauce.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Feel free to double the garlic.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste for more Italian flavor. Add herbs such as basil or parsley if you like.
  • To make this into an Asian-style broth, grate 1 inch ginger on a fine microplane into the soup. Then add 1-2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce and 1-2 tablespoons lime juice.
  • Use an ice cube of the broth to add directly to a bowl of pasta or rice to add flavor and cool the food. Stir it in the hot food to thaw and mix.

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One-Pot Vegetable Broth

Make a delicious vegetable broth that keeps all the nutrients right in the mix with this super easy method. It's a wonderful way to add extra veggies to soups, pastas, and more. (See the Notes at the end for instructions on using this to cook pasta.)
5 from 81 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dinner
Calories 19kcal
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 onion (medium)
  • 4 carrots (medium)
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 8 cups water
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
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Instructions

  • Peel all the vegetables and garlic.
  • Add to a large pot with the water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the vegetables are very, very soft. Poke with a knife and make sure it comes out clean.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the vegetables to a blender with 1 cup of the liquid. Blend smooth. Return the blended mixture to the pot with the remaining liquid and stir to make the final broth.
  • (If you want to lighten the color or make this go farther, you can add 1-2 cups additional water. You can also mix with chicken broth.)
  • Use in soups, and pastas, or store for future use.

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Or transfer to an ice cube tray or a freezer bag and freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Use an ice cube of the broth to add directly to a bowl of pasta or rice to add flavor and cool the food. Stir it in the hot food to thaw and mix.
  • To cook pasta in the broth: Bring 1 quart of the broth to a simmer over medium heat in a medium pot. Add 8 ounces of a small shape of pasta (such as pastina, orzo, or abc pasta). Simmer for the time on the pasta package, plus 2-4 minutes or until the pasta is tender and cooked through and the broth is mostly absorbed. Add 1 tablespoon butter, a pinch of salt to taste, and Parmesan cheese as desired.
  • Trim and wash the veggies before adding to the pot.
  • Puree really, really smooth for the best results.
  • Add more water as desired to thin out (or lighten the color of) the sauce.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste for more flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 19kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 0.5g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.02g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 35mg, Potassium: 126mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 5105IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I ended up with just over 2 quarts making this as directed. I did cover my pot about 3/4 during the simmering process and I used an immersion blender to purée right in the pot. Toddler loved the broth as is, can’t wait to cook pasta in it.

  2. 5 stars
    I didn’t love the taste on its own, but making pasta in the broth was a GAME CHANGER. Myself and my toddler really enjoyed this. Huge win. Thank you!!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi! Do you recommend covering the pot during the simmer step? I read through the recipe and tips and am not seeing the answer. Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious and so easy! I prepared some pasta as per the recommendations for my toddler, threw in a spoonful of marina and some parm and she ate it all! This from a usually veggie adverse kid. Love all your recipes!

  5. 5 stars
    LOVED this recipe! Been meaning to try it for awhile and I already had chopped some mirepoix earlier this week, and we’ve been feeling a bit under the weather so this was perfect. I put some in the freezer and then added bone broth to what remained in the pot and cooked pastina in it for dinner! YUM and so comforting, and my 1 year old devoured like 6 helpings 😆 thank you Amy, you always have the best recipes. Probably never buying veggie broth again.

  6. 5 stars
    My son was a huge fan!! He’s 19 months and by no means a picky eater, but I could imagine this coming in super handy when he’s sick or teething. I blended mine with bone broth for extra minerals and protein. Love!

  7. 5 stars
    I’m not sure if I did something wrong, but mine turned out pulpy and stringy and I couldn’t get my 4 year old to eat it after she tried a couple bites. I blended it as best I could in a vitamix. I think this is a great idea and I desperately need to get more veggies in my kids, it just didn’t work out for me. I had to strain it which I’m worried removes some of the nutrients. I’d love your thoughts or suggestions!

    1. Maybe add more liquid next time so it can blend more finely or if your celery is super stringy to start, you could use a veggie peeler on the outside of it?

  8. 5 stars
    THIS IS DELICIOUS. Unfortunately my toddler won’t even try one bite…yet…but this is seriously so good!

  9. I wish I hadn’t added it back to the pot with the remaining water and kept it a bit thicker for pasta purposes. Will probably skip that step next time. But super easy to make overall!

    1. It can be more difficult to get the pasta to cook thoroughly in very thick broth so I think it should still work out for you!

  10. 5 stars
    Made this with 1/2 water and 1/2 chicken bone broth and I’m currently sitting here sipping it from a mug (making chicken and stars for dinner). Delightful!

  11. 5 stars
    The recipe I never realised I needed. For some reason, making my own broth felt overwhelming but this was so easy. Now a weekly recipe I make for the family. And great for the freezer too. Thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe! I was feeling helpless because my one year old had a really bad cold, so I made him this and cooked pastina in it and it was not only delicious, but it made me feel like I was actually doing something to nourish him and boost his immune system.

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