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Easy Homemade Vegetable Broth

22 Dec

I love a bowl of hot broth while curled up on the couch watching a movie on a cold winter night!  You can make your own vegetable broth in these simple and easy steps to enjoy now or freeze the broth in containers for later use.  This vegetable broth is delicious and is ideal for making soups, just add your favorite ingredients such as noodles, pasta, beans, potatoes, or tofu to name a few.

vegetable broth

 You will need:                                             

  • 1 large onion chopped into large chunks
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 4 celery stocks chopped into large chunks
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • left over celery tops
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Wash trim and chop vegetables
  2. Put all ingredients into a large pot of water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 hours while stirring occasionally
  3. Remove from heat and strain the broth through a mesh strainer into quart size containers.  Freeze up to 6 months.

straining

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Crock Pot Vegetarian Chi Chi Bean Soup

18 Feb

Craving some soup?  Try my Hearty Chi Chi Bean Soup. Some folks call them Garbanzo Beans and I call em Chi Chi Beans!  This soup is full of fiber and protein and did I mention tasty good! Even the kids will love it! This soup is comfort food for the soul during flu season and cold weather. Try some with my home-made bread recipe and a glass of red wine! Enjoy!

Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

What you will need:
64 oz vegetable broth (two 32 oz cartons or 4 cans vegetable broth)
Have two extra cans or one extra cartoon to add later if needed.
1 can Garbonzo Beans drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves chopped
4 carrots peeled and sliced
1 cup of Ditalini ( small Italian soup pasta)
1/2 block of superfirm tofu drained, rinsed and patted dry. 
Cut into small squares. This is what I call  ” mock chicken ”
1/4 tsp chopped fresh parsley or dried
1/4 tsp chopped fresh oregano or dried
pepper to taste

Photo By: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo By: Susan T’s Kitchen

In  Crock pot
Add the vegetable broth
onion
garlic
Carrots
tofu
parsley
oregano
pepper

Turn on High and simmer for about 1-2 hours, stir occasionally and add more broth if needed.Lower heat to Medium
Add pasta and cook until tender. Again if needed add more broth.

Any leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen.
Bread recipe: https://susantskitchen.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/susans-basic-bread-recipe/

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