Italian Vegetable Stock: Brodo Vegetale

This full flavoured vegetable stock is another amazing Italian recipe from giallo zafferano

It couldn’t get any simpler. The holy trinity of vegetables (onion, carrot and onion) and a tomato is all you need.



  1. Takes about 20 minutes to prepare and an hour to simmer.
  2. You will get about 1 – 1.5 litres of stock that keeps for a few days in the fridge and also freezes well.
  3. Making stock is a great way to use your older veggies up (I even got the tomato I used from the grocer’s seconds bin, talk about thrifty).


  1. Preparing the vegetables
  2. Simmering
  3. Sieving the broth


  • 1 chef’s knife
  • 1 fry pan
  • 1 large sauce pan or stock pot
  • Small meshed sieve/strainer


  • 2L water
  • 2 celery sticks, halved
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 brown onion, halved
  • Salt to taste
  • Black peppercorns (whole) to taste

Preparing the vegetables
  1. Peel the onion then slice in half. 
  2. Splash a bit of olive oil in a stock pot and cook the inside face of onion halves until slightly charred.
  3. Remove the onion carefully and wipe the stock pot free of oil with a cloth or paper towel.
  4. Return the onion to the pot.
  5. Roughly chop the 2 celery sticks and the carrot.
  6. Halve the tomato.
  7. Chuck the lot into the pot along with 2L of water, salt to taste and a sprinkle of whole peppercorns.




Bring to to a rolling boil and then simmer on low heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

Sieving the broth

Use a small meshed sieve or strainer to remove the vegetables.




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  1. I like to try recipes and a vegetable stock is a complete welcome. Last year, I visited a vegan cafe Broadbeach in Gold Coast and I ordered a full flavoured vegetable stock that simply pleased my taste buds. These days in Lockdown when you cannot visit cafes, I think trying different types of recipes is a good idea. I am glad to find this post and happy to learn this vegetable stock. It came out really well. Thank you.

    1. Wonderful feedback. Thank you. I think it is the tomato that makes this a winner.

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