Perfect Vegetable Stock

DIY vegetable stock
Matt Taylor-Gross

From Tal Ronnen, L.A.'s best-known vegan chef, comes a rich vegetable stock that rivals chicken or beef. Keep a few quarts in the freezer for soups or root vegetable braises.

Perfect Vegetable Stock
Tal Ronnen's rich vegan stock rivals even bone-based stocks. And since it freezes beautifully, there's no reason to not always have some on hand.
Yield: makes 1 gallon
Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 12 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, halved
  • 2 bulbs fennel, roughly chopped
  • 2 leeks, halved
  • 1 yellow onion, halved

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients with 1 gallon water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the stock is darkened, about 45 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the stock through a fine sieve set over a bowl; discard the solids. Pour into storage containers and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.