I use vegetable broth frequently: for rice dishes, soups and sauces. Although store bought is convenient, it is rather expensive and often includes seasonings that some family members cannot eat due to allergies. Therefore, I have gotten into the habit of making a few batches of Instant Pot vegetable broth each month, using some immediately and canning the remainder.
This is a basic vegetable broth recipe. I keep it simple so that I can later add whatever seasonings I need for the recipe on the menu. You can add more salt, pepper and other herbs to intensify the flavor of the broth.
When possible, use organic vegetables and filtered water. Wash all herbs and veggies well. I use the Norwex vegetable scrub cloth to clean root vegetables, such as carrots. An alternative tool is a food scrub brush. I avoid peeling vegetables to save time and also preserve some of the nutrients found in the vegetable skin. I use an 8 quart Instant Pot Duo. You can use a 6 quart version, as there is plenty of space for both the water and vegetables in the recipe. The main reason that I have the 8 quart version is to make large volumes of fresh tomato sauce and applesauce each fall.
Easy Instant Pot Vegetable Broth
- 2 Yellow onions large
- 4 Carrots large, unpeeled
- 4 Celery stalks
- 1 cup Celery leaves
- 1 bunch Parsley fresh
- ½ cup Sage leaves fresh
- ¼ cup Rosemary fresh (about 3 8" sprigs)
- ¼ cup Thyme fresh
- 1 teas Black pepper
- 2 teas Sea salt
- 12 cups Water
- Peel the 2 large onions, quarter and place in the Instant Pot.
- Scrub the carrots, trim the ends, cut into 3-4 pieces and add to the Pot.
- Wash the celery stalks, trim the ends, cut into large pieces add to the onions and carrots.
- Wash the herbs well and remove any discolored leaves. Add herbs to the Pot and cover the mixture with 12 cups of water.
- Cover the Instant Pot with the lid, close the vent and set the machine to Manual High Pressure, 30 minutes.
- When the timer signals 30 minutes, turn off the pot and open the vent to release pressure.
- Place the strainer over a large pot or container. Pour the hot broth carefully into the strainer.
- Add salt and pepper to the broth. Adjust seasonings per taste preference.
- Use immediately for a recipe, or store for later use (canning jars or plastic containers for freezing).