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Vegetable stock on a brown board

Instant Pot Vegetable Stock

Learn to make your very own vegetable stock from scratch.
Course Extras
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 3 jars
Calories 417kcal
Author Charla


  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 2 onions roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 4 garlic cloves halved
  • 1 large leek sliced
  • 1 cup of Dried mushrooms optional or use normal mushrooms
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • ½ cup of fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley optional
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree/paste optional
  • 8 cups of hot water or 2 quarts
  • Himalayan pink salt optional
  • 3 tablespoon of olive oil


  • Switch your unit on, add the oil and select the "saute" button.
  • Proceed to add the onion, garlic then saute until soft and translucent (don't allow to burn).
  • Select cancel so you are using only the residual heat. Then tomato paste (if using) and begin the stir and combine with the onion and garlic.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (excluding the water) and stir for a few minutes.
  • Switch the unit back and add the water select "pressure cook" adjust the +/- to 25 minutes and adjust the knob to "sealing".
  • Once cooked leave the pressure cooker to do a natural release (should take about 10 minutes)
  • Allow to completely cool before using a fine mesh strainer to drain off the stock.
  • Pour into a container of your choice and refrigerate or freeze down.

Stove Top Version

  • Now it's time to preheat the stock pot with the olive oil on medium heat.
  • Once heated add your onion and garlic to saute until a slightly browned.
  • Once tanned, add the paste tomato paste and continue to saute on low heat for another 2 minutes.
  • Incorporate the outstanding, vegetables, herbs and spices while stirring all the while.
  •  Finally add the water, add enough so that the veggies are completely saturated in water. Feel free to add more if required.
  • Leave the pot to simmer under low heat for 1 hr 30 minutes
  • Once cool, pour the mixture into a cheesecloth or mesh strainer will suffice. If using a cheesecloth use your hands to strain out the excess liquid.
  • Store in a container of your choice Refrigerate or freeze


  • Have a play around with herbs, spices and vegetables. Everyone has at least one or two that are sentimental to them. You can replicate my recipe or switch things up to suit
  • Adding salt/sodium is up to the individual, if you do you'll want to make a note of this so create labels and stick them on your stock.
  • Label up stock if you are freezing it down so you have a general idea of how long the stock has been living in the freezer for.
  • Don't forget to save your scraps if you want to make your stock using scraps.
  • Don't skip sauteing the ingredients, it really helps to enhance the flavour of your stock especially the tomato paste, so rustic and rich!
  • Frozen stock yield longevity, it last for up to 6 months, compared to refrigerated stock which lasts up to 5 days.
  • Leave the stock to thaw out overnight on the counter top or in your fridge, you only need it to be thawed out enough to be removed from the container.

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Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1090mg | Potassium: 2003mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 25088IU | Vitamin C: 113mg | Calcium: 452mg | Iron: 15mg