Servings: Makes about 2 quarts
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions , coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot , coarsely chopped
  • 2 leeks , white and light green parts only, coarsely chopped
  • 2 whole heads garlic , unpeeled, halved crosswise
  • 1 medium parsnip , peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium turnip , peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 rib celery , coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley , leaves only
  • 1 tsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large tomato , cored and coarsely chopped
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • Salt
  • Directions
    Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add leeks, garlic, parsnips, turnips, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add 10 cups water, parsley, peppercorns, thyme, bay leaves, tomatoes, rosemary, and a pinch of salt; stir well. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

    Arrange a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl then strain broth through sieve, pressing on the solids to remove as much liquid as possible; discard solids. Cool broth quickly by arranging the bowl inside a larger bowl filled with ice water. Stir often until cool, then transfer to airtight containers and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Alternately, freeze the cooled broth for up to 2 months.

    Adapted from Michy's restaurant and Cuisine à Latina by Michelle Bernstein. Copyright © 2008 (with permission from Houghton Mifflin).