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Vegetable Stock

This flavorful stock is the base for our Vegetable Barley Soup.

  • Yield: Makes 12 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 1995

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion (about 1/2 pound), coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots (about 1/4 pound), coarsely chopped
  • 2 parsnips (about 1 pound), coarsely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch red or green Swiss chard (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • Several sprigs fresh thyme
  • Several sprigs parsley
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions

  1. Melt butter and olive oil in a medium stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until onions are brown and caramelized, about 8 minutes. Add carrots, parsnips, and celery; cook until tender, about 15 minutes.

  2. Wash and drain Swiss chard thoroughly. Chop into 1-inch pieces.

  3. To cooked vegetable mixture, add Swiss chard, 14 cups cold water, thyme, parsley, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer about 1 hour; liquid should be highly flavored.

  4. Remove from heat and strain stock through a sieve, pressing on vegetables to extract juices. Discard vegetables. Stock can be refrigerated for 3 to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

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