Broccoli Leaves Vegetable Broth

How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves – learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

What the heck do I do with broccoli leaves?

Short answer – make this vegetable broth and eat them!

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Edible Broccoli Leaves – Eat Them!

Long answer, this is a question that I’m asked often with gardeners who grow broccoli.  First of all, take a few seconds and give yourself a big congratulations on growing broccoli! It’s not the easiest plant to grow so CHEERS!

Now let’s check out that broccoli plant.  Yes, you have a big beautiful broccoli head on top, but do you see all those broccoli leaves on the plant too?  Sure, you can compost them, but can I give you a (in my opinion) better suggestion?  How about you cook with those broccoli leaves?

How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

Did you know you’re growing a gold mine in terms of a plant? Not only do you get a broccoli head out of the deal, but you get broccoli leaves and stalks too!  What can you do with the broccoli leaves?  My favorite recipe is…Vegetable Broth!

You guys – broccoli leaves make the best vegetable broth!  Do you remember how I made Vegetable Broth with carrot tops?  Well I basically use this same method with broccoli leaves.  And let me tell you – it makes one heck of a delicious broth!

How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

Broccoli Vegetable Broth Ingredients

  • 1 pound broccoli leaves + stalks
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • other vegetable scraps (optional)

How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

What other vegetables can I add to vegetable broth?

If you want to make vegetable broth with JUST broccoli leaves, that’s awesome, and that’s going to make a great broth.  But if you have a few other vegetables scraps available, you can really boost up the flavor of the broth.

For my broth I’m also adding some carrot peels and collard green stems (from this Italian Sausage Soup recipe).  Basically I use whatever vegetable scraps are available from the last day.  You can also use potato peels, chopped up onions and peels, zucchini and eggplant scraps, trimmings of beans and sugar snap peas, chopped tomatoes and celery.   Honestly, the options are endless, so use what you have! 

How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

How to Cook Broccoli Leaves

Add broccoli leaves (and stalks), water, garlic, salt and bay leaves to a large pot.  If you’re adding other vegetable peels, throw them in the pot too.  Bring to a boil over high heat.How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!
Once boiling, cover with a lid and turn to low. Simmer for 1 hour.  As you can see the broccoli leaves broke down quite nicely.

How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

Pour the broth through a colander, catching the liquid broth in a bowl below.  Discard (or compost) the broccoli leaves.
How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

You can use the vegetable broth immediately or freeze for later use.  This recipe makes 7 cups of vegetable broth, so I like to fill a mason jar up with broth and put in the refrigerator to use in the next couple of days.    Then I’ll freeze the remaining broth.

How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

What you can do with Vegetable Broth?

See below for my list of recipes that use vegetable broth, but I have to tell you about my absolute favorite way to use this broth. 

We make rice quite often in our kitchen, so instead of cooking the rice in water, I cook it in broth!  The rice gets SO flavorful.   You can use broth for cooking the rice on the stove top or the rice cooker (our preferred method!).

Recipes That Use Vegetable Broth

Here’s some of my top recipes that use vegetable broth.  I find that you can substitute vegetable broth for meat based broths in most recipes.

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Cheeseburger Soup

Cheesy Vegetable Soup

Cauliflower Pot Pie

Roma Tomato Soup

Kielbasa and Cabbage

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How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

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How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

Broccoli Leaves Vegetable Broth

How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli leaves
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 7 cups
Calories 70 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound broccoi leaves and stalks cleaned
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • other vegetable scraps optional

Instructions

  1. Add broccoli leaves, water, garlic, salt and bay leaves to a large pot. If adding additional vegetables scraps, add them in too. Bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, cover with a lid and turn to low. Simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Pour the broth through a colander, catching the liquid broth in a bowl below. Discard (or composthe broccoli leaves.
  4. You can use the vegetable broth immediately or freeze for later use. This broth is great in any recipe that calls for broth!

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