Vegetable Broth/Consommé

2 Leeks — white part only,diced
1/2 sm Celery root (or 2 celery stalks) — peeled and diced
4 Shallots — coarsely chopped
1 lg Tomato — peeled and seeded
3 md Carrots — diced
3 Garlic cloves — coarsely chopped
3 Sprigs parsley
10 Basil leaves
10 White mushrooms — diced
1 Sprig thyme
2 Bay leaves
2 Sprigs cilantro
1 Shot of Sherry (optional)
Freshly ground Pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a stockpot, cover with 2 quarts cold water, and bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to a light simmer. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat, keep covered, and set aside to infuse for 20 more minutes. Strain the broth carefully through a strainer.


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