Basic Soup Stock

Basic Soup Stock

Well worth the effort if you want a tasty, sodium-free soup.


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Serves: 4 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 2 hrs

Yield: 4 x 1 cup servings

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  • 1 large lamb shank, meaty beef bone or chicken carcass*
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh tarragon
  • 2 tsp fresh sweet basil
  • 2 tsp fresh coriander
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 4 1/4 pint water
  • 3 stalks celery, coarsely chopped

Directions: Standard directions Microwave directions

Place all ingredients together in a large pot and bring to the boil. Simmer over low heat for 2 hours.

Allow to cool slightly then remove all bones and fat*. Strain stock and discard vegetables and seasoning.

Measure and return level to 4 cups, if reduced to less. Chill, then remove any remaining fat before using.

Prepare as directed but reduce liquid to 6 cups.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 10 minutes then reduce heat to MEDIUM and cook for a further 30 minutes.

Allow to cool then remove all bones and fat*. Strain and chill. Remove remaining fat before using.


Vegetables and herbs may be varied as desired. Calories will always be insignificant as long as fat is removed and stock strained.


* For vegetarian stock, omit the meat.

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 10 cals
Kilojoules 42 kJ
Fat 0.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
Carbohydrates 2.0 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Total Sugars 1.0 g
Protein 0.0 g
Calcium 4.0 mg
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