Even though the holidays may look a little different this year, it doesn’t mean we can’t get on board with creating a delicious vegan feast. One of the staples when preparing some holiday classics is a good old fashioned broth! Broth is used to add flavor, texture, and even thicken some of our favorite winter and holiday foods from creating soups to adding moisture to veggies to giving your pasta a bit of a boost.
While broth is traditionally made from animal-based products — think, chicken or beef — vegan and vegetarian based broth is just as tasty and is oftentimes healthier! Plant-based broths are made from … you guessed it … veggies!
There are hundreds of recipes to choose from when selecting your specific vegan broth, but it means that you’ll need to plan, prep, and purchase a variety of ingredients from vegetables to herbs to oil to spices. If you’re looking for a simpler option that you can keep on hand for not only the holidays but for whenever you’re feeling a bit of extra flavor, try a few of these shelf-stable vegan broths that are easily found online!
1. Orrington Farms All Natural Vegan Broth Base & Seasoning
This Orrington Farms All Natural Vegan Broth Base & Seasoning is a whole package broth. This broth is pre-seasoned meaning all you have to do is add your favorite veggies to make a soup or reduce down to make a sauce without the hassle of seasoning. Along with those wonderful seasonings, — including natural chicken flavor, sea salt, onion, white pepper, celery seed, turmeric, rosemary, garlic, and parsley — this broth is also gluten-free and free of MSG. One six-ounce jar makes six full cups of broth making this a money saver as well! A 6-ounce jar costs $8.01.
Frank V. says “If you are newly vegetarian/vegan like me (ok, I’m maybe not 100%), and you like using chicken broth either for a simple soup or in recipes, this Orrington Farms broth base is a good choice. To start, it smells and looks like chicken broth. But more importantly, it tastes like chicken. Sure, maybe not the deep poultry umami you get from real chicken stock or demi-glace, but it’s still a nice rich flavor. One really good thing is that unlike some other vegan bouillon, it’s not just pure salt. In fact, when I use it to make sauces, I need to add some salt to really bring out the flavor, which is a good thing as it allows me to control the amount of sodium and the intensity of the flavor. Sometimes, though, I just want a nice soothing cup of broth and this does the trick for that as well.”
2. BEYOND BROTH Organic Vegan Vegetable Instant Sipping Broth
This BEYOND BROTH Organic Vegan Vegetable Instant Sipping Broth is a great option if you’re looking for a savory beverage that also seconds as a meal, especially during the cold winter months. This broth is not only tasty, but there are three different types that purport a few health benefits including supporting immunity, improving digestion, and increasing energy levels. This broth is vegan-friendly, gluten-free, keto-friendly, paleo-friendly, and whole 30-friendly. On top of that, it has zero added sugar, is non-GMO, is low in sodium, and promises to contain only organic plant-based ingredients. Plus, this broth is packaged in easy to travel and store packets! A 9-pack box costs $21.50.
Barb says “I love this product. I was turned on to this product by a friend and love it. I just went to India and South Africa and took a box on each trip so I always had something to eat as long as I could get boiling water. It makes great soups but she has wonderful recipes on her website for cold soups and smoothies. I have been reading about how important micronutrients are to create a diverse biome (stomach bacteria) which is the basis of good health. I sprinkle the soup powder on eggs, sandwiches, and add it to salad dressings to create more diversity in my food. I always have a packet in my purse, car, workout bag, etc. for a quick meal. Love it.”
3. Zoup! Vegetable Broth
This Zoup! Vegetable Broth not only has a fun name, but it’s also a great vegan-friendly broth to keep in stock. Zoup! promises this broth to include all the good stuff — savory roasted veggie flavors — without any of the unwanted stuff — hormone-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and fat-free — plus it’s even low in calories meaning it’s keto-friendly! This high-quality broth is perfect for soups, stews, sauces, or even sipping on all on its own. A 2-pack of 32-ounce jars costs $19.99.
TL says “This veggie broth is the absolute best tasting broth I have ever had. I would give it 10 STARS!!!!!”
4. Morga USDA-ORGANIC Vegetable Bouillon Powder
This Morga USDA-ORGANIC Vegetable Bouillon Powder is not only USDA organic, but it’s also gluten-free, vegan-friendly, GMO-free, and kosher certified. On top of that, it’s diet and allergy conscious — fat-free, cholesterol-free, and MSG-free — and it also free of any unsavory additives such as artificial flavors, preservatives, or coloring. It’s 100 percent natural and as clean as packaged food can be! This bouillon is perfect for holiday soups and stews. It’s also a great option for adding flavor to hearty dishes such as chili, mashed potatoes, or saucepan recipes. A 5.3-ounce can costs $8.99.
Amazing Mountain Mama says “This is a very good vegetarian product made in Switzerland. Makes an excellent stock. I don’t have to be concerned about unhealthy ingredients because their standards are much higher than the USA. I hope I can consistently find this on Amazon. As a vegetarian, it is really hard for me to find quality products, but I feel sure no one will be disappointed with the ingredients or flavor.”
5. Rapunzel Pure Vegan Vegetable Bouillon
This Rapunzel Pure Vegan Vegetable Bouillon is a basic blend of all the best plant-based ingredients including organic carrots, celery, parsley, and turmeric — that inflammation-fighting spice! On top of that, this broth sources it’s sea salt from the French Atlantic coast, giving it a bit of a different savory taste, and uses only organic vegetables and non-hydrogenated organic palm oil. A 6-pack of 2.4-ounce cubes costs $32.49.
A. Kristie says “Add this to any stew, sauce, gravy,or other wet coolking situation and it will add and deepen the flavor at the end. It is not noticeable as a separate taste, but melds very well into the item being cooked.. I have been using it for years. You get alot of product here, five boxes I think, and I keep it in the freezer until I need a cube or two. If you store it in a hot kitchen and do not use it quickly, like many foods bugs could grow there, like pasta does. Freezing is better for shelf life.”
6. Cook’s Delight Non-GMO Certified Organic Instant Vegan Stock
It’s all in the name of this vegan stock — non-GMO, certified organic, instant! This Cook’s Delight Non-GMO Certified Organic Instant Vegan Stock is a great go-to option to have on hand in a pinch. It’s gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and sources only certified organic vegetables. Keep a jar in the pantry — shelf stable for two plus years! — and use it to boil noodles, create soups, and increase the flavor profile of pretty much any recipe. With a mixture of organic carrots, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, garlic, sea salt, and turmeric, this is the perfect addition to your vegan diet. A 16-ounce jar costs $15.25.
Karen Kisling says “Absolutely love this stuff!! I use it in a lot of my from-scratch cooking. The best part is it has no msg, torula yeast or yeast extract which are huge migraine triggers for me. Love the flavor! Have a vegan family member, so it’s perfect for everyone. Fabulous in meat dishes too! Makes a wonderful gravy base as well.”
7. Spice + Leaf Premium Vegan Broth Base
This Spice + Leaf Premium Vegan Broth Base goes the extra mile to source all-natural, fresh, chemical-free ingredients for their broth base. Rich in flavor, this base is packed with real food ingredients including onion, carrot, potato, garlic, peas, turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, mushrooms, tomato, dill, and fenugreek, to mention just a few. On top of that, this product is salt-free, non-GMO, and is free of additives, fillers, and preservatives. A 3.5-ounce jar costs $14.29.
Tia Lanzetta says “Spice + Leaf never disappoints! I was fortunate to attend in-person classes when the store in Encinitas, CA was open and am very grateful to be able to get these beautiful mixes online now! I bought this one to attend an online class, generously offered at no charge. I can highly recommend the classes as well as all the spice mixes!”
8. RC Fine Foods Healthy Foundations Vegan Gluten-Free Base
This RC Fine Foods Healthy Foundations Vegan Gluten-Free Base is a great place to start when creating a delightful, healthy, flavor-packed broth! RC Fine Foods is proud to offer a product that is free of gluten, preservatives, artificial ingredients, and is also certified kosher pareve by star-K. This vegan broth is made with a mixture of natural ingredients and flavorings such as olive oil, carrot juice, and onion powder. A 6-ounce jar costs $6.09.
J. Littlejohn says “5 Stars!!! – BEST Beef Flavor Base I’ve Ever Tasted !!! Vegan or Meat Based. Searched and tried so many vegan “beef flavor” pre-made seasoning mixes/packets, cubes, recipes, etc. for over 15 years and never could find one that wasn’t too onion-y, or garlicky, or even came close to an authentic beef flavor, without any beef in it. Finally, found the one! This is the only one I will ever be using and ordering from here on out. This truly tastes so good to me, that I would definitely cook with this for non-vegans/non-vegetarians. The smell, aroma, and the taste of the broth created is amazing. Some will not believe that this does not have any beef product in it. This (and the Chicken base one) will be my go-to bases for cooking gravies, broth, soup, broth for my homemade seitan “meats”, etc. Have added a photo of some of my “beef” and “chicken” seitan “meats made with this RC Fine Foods Beef Flavor Base. (Have written the same for the Chicken Base product, too.)”
9. The Art of Broth Vegan Savory Beef Flavored Sipping Broth
This Art of Broth Vegan Savory Beef Flavored Sipping Broth takes broth to a new level by making it palatable for pure raw sipping pleasure. Even though this broth is vegan-friendly, it has a beef flavoring so you can enjoy the taste without consuming animal products. On top of that, this sipping broth is non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher, and even low calorie. Shown to reduce inflammation, this broth is the perfect addition to your winter regimen! A 6-pack of 1.05-ounce bags costs $15.99.
L. L. says “I had to be on a liquid diet for a whole day preparing for a colonoscopy. I have tried other broth delivery systems and by far the ART OF BROTH in BEEF was superior. Tasty and nourishing. It kept me content during my day without solid food. Then a few weeks later my husband was recovering from an appendectomy. He needed to be on a liquid diet for a few days following the procedure. He, too, agreed that THE ART OF BROTH BEEF BROTH was great!”
10. Knorr Professional Ultimate Low Sodium Vegan Stock Base
This Knorr Professional Ultimate Low Sodium Vegan Stock Base sources high-quality ingredients compacted into a paste format that is easy to store and use in your kitchen. This broth is vegan-friendly, low sodium, gluten-free, and free of artificial flavors, preservatives, and MSG. Infused with natural ingredients including onions, celery, and carrots. A 6-pack of 1-pound packages costs $60.01.
RDCprc says “I bought the chicken base and have used it several times now for soup. It tastes like i simmered roasted chicken bones for hours to make it but it only takes a minute. There are no extra flavorings so you could make it with any flavorings such as Asian or Italian. After using this, I can’t go back to the boxed or canned broths. A word of warning, there’s a freshness date about 4 months out so I froze the unopened ones and they should last at least a year or more in there.”
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