This flavorful stock is the base for our Vegetable Barley Soup.
- Yield: Makes 12 cups
Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 1995
- 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
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.
Wash and drain Swiss chard thoroughly. Chop into 1-inch pieces.
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.
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.