This easy and flavorful vegetable broth recipe will give you the base to make vegetarian soups gravy or just to add flavor to a variety of vegetarian dishes if you are cooking vegetarian or vegan you can use this vegetable broth as a substitute for any meat broth or stock called for in a recipe.

Because this is a vegetable soup and not a beef vegetable soup there are a few basic rules to follow though while a homemade vegetable stock would be perfect remember you have to use vegetables to make the stock which you then discard and then use additional vegetables for the soup itself a process you may not have time to do.

1 4 cup vegetable oil 1 large onion finely chopped 2 cloves garlic finely chopped 2 large carrots peeled and chopped into bite sized chunks 2 celery ribs chopped into bite sized chunks 3 cups vegetables chopped into bite sized chunks 2 1 2 cups stock vegetable beef or chicken 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon five spice powder optional 1 2.

This recipe uses minced beef but you can swap it for other types of mince if you prefer ndash lamb pork turkey or even quorn will all work just swap the beef stock for vegetable if you rsquo re vegetarian with a bit of added marmite or miso paste to mimic the richness.