This easy to make Vegetable Broth Powder is a great way to add flavor to soups, stews, casseroles, and vegetable dishes. It’s quick and simple to make, uses ingredients you probably have in your kitchen, only takes a minute to make, and makes a terrific vegetable broth substitute.
It’s a Vegetable Bouillon Powder recipe you want to keep in your back pocket too! In case you ever run out of broth, this is the perfect emergency solution.
It’s a fat free, sodium free, healthy Instant Vegetarian Broth Mix. And, this inexpensive, budget friendly broth powder recipe has no oil, no sugar, no unnatural thickeners, and no preservatives. And, it’s gluten free.
I first shared this vegetable broth mix recipe in 2011. It’s a super easy to make recipe. But it was time for an update. I’ve updated the name from Instant Vegetarian Broth Mix to Vegetable Broth Powder. I think it may make more sense now. And, I’ve updated the photos and the information to bring you a better user experience. Please enjoy this seasoning mix as much as I do!
(Psst, in case you ever run out of ketchup, here’s another great recipe to keep on hand for tomato paste ketchup.)
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Sure, I’d love to always have homemade vegetarian broth on hand. But, what’s a girl to do you do if she runs out?
Well, there’s canned broths with lots of sodium, sugars, and MSG, and then you have to store bulky cans in your pantry. There’s bouillon cubes and powder that often have MSG and trans fats. Or, you can make your own dry Instant Broth Mix.
This mix is great because it keeps for a long time in dry storage. You can mix it up easily, and keep it on hand, just in case. Or, you can mix it up right then and there, in case of a broth emergency!
My Instant Vegetarian Broth Mix has no sodium, is vegan, gluten-free, extremely low in calories, and adds a nice flavor boost to soups, stews, casseroles, or anywhere you need some broth.
This homemade spice mix makes a great handmade gift.
Just put it in a jar with a pretty ribbon and some instructions.
This is actually a pretty loaded question. So, let’s start with, “what is vegetable bouillon?”.
Bouillon is the French word for broth. It’s used to describe broth that has been dehydrated into a powder or cube. It’s usually fairly concentrated in flavor, so that it can be dehydrated and still be good.
Broth is a seasoned liquid that starts with meat or vegetables. Stock is made from simmering bones. But the terms broth and stock are often used interchangeably.
So, yes, vegetable bouillon powder is the same as vegetable stock. It’s just that bouillon powder is much easier to store in the cupboard, and lasts a lot longer!
How do you use bouillon powder?
Mix 1 teaspoon of bouillon powder per 1 cup hot water to make a delicious broth for any soup recipe.
It can be used as a vegetable broth substitute as well. When a recipe calls for 1 cup broth or stock, simply replace it with one cup of prepared vegetable broth made with this powder.
You don’t even need to mix it into water if you’re adding it to something like a casserole. Just toss in a teaspoon or two to boost the flavor.
Having bouillon on hand makes it easy to make delicious soups and casseroles.
I like to add a sprinkling to shrimp before I sauté them.
Toss some into a pot of chili for a flavor boost.
Sprinkled some over a baked potato as well.
Yes, this makes a delicious savory drink. Perfect to help keep you hydrated, especially in the cold winter months.
You can even doctor it up a bit with some salt and a little oil for silkiness.
What can I use instead of vegetable bouillon powder?
Now this is great recipe to keep around because if you ever find that you’re out of broth just whip up a batch of this instant broth and you’re good to go!
How long will this vegetable broth powder last?
This vegan bouillon broth mix can last for up to 2 years.
Store it in a clean and dry airtight container in a cool dark place like your pantry.
Keep it on hand for adding to all your favorite dishes.
I’ve seen other recipes that suggest blending the bouillon
Yes, you can blend this mix in your high-powered blender if you want a fine powder.
But you don’t have to. And, really, who wants to take that kind of time. Besides, the flecks of herbs and spices are really pretty in foods.
Can I change up the recipe?
Yes, this dry vegetable stock mix is completely customizable and versatile.
Use more or less of any spices you like or don’t like.
Add in some nutritional yeast flakes, about a teaspoon or two, for more nutrition and a nutty, cheesy flavor.
Want a poultry seasoning flavor? Add in ½ teaspoon of sage and rosemary.
Dried parsley is a great addition to the vegetable broth seasoning mix. Add in about ½ teaspoon if desired.
If you don’t have onion powder in your cupboard, but you do have dried onion flakes, use those instead.
And feel free to double the recipe. Use the recipe card calculator to easily adjust the amounts.
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Vegetable Broth Powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground celery seed
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a small jar and mix well. Mix again before using. Use 1 teaspoon mix per 1 cup of water in recipes.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.