Cheater's Homemade Broth

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This is good warm and cool and keeps in the refrigerator for a day or two.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed (leave unpeeled if organic)
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 canned tomato
  • 1 bay leaf, broken
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
  • Three 14-ounce cans chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 medium to large onion, coarse chopped (if organic, trim away root but leave skin)
  • 1/2 large celery stalk with leaves, coarse chopped
  • 1/2 medium carrot, coarse chopped (leave unpeeled if organic)
Instructions

1. In a 4-quart pot, combine all the ingredients. Bring to a simmer, partially cover, and cook for 30 minutes.

2. Strain the broth into a bowl or a storage container. Either use it right away, refrigerate it, or freeze it.

From The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift, Clarkson Potter, 2008.

Prep time: 
10 minutes
Cook time: 
12 minutes
Total time: 
22 minutes
Yield: 
Makes about 4 cups; doubles and triples easily.

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