This is my all-time favorite vegetable stock; the richness of this stock belies its simplicity. It loans its full-bodied flavor to almost any soup. It is the only veggie stock I will use to make my Recipe #150699 (Aka Hangover Soup), it would be a shame to make that soup any other way… a real shame. I originally found the recipe in a cookbook titled Soup and Bread: A Country Inn Cookbook, and have since adjusted it a bit. I also usually double the batch as it seems that 4 cups is never enough for us, and it freezes well. You can also add as many shiitake mushroom stems as you want (say 1 -3 cups) to the browned vegetables with the water for even more flavor. The variation which follows is sheer heaven: the ambrosia of soup stocks. Note: This recipe yields a little over 4 cups, if you are making my Hangover Soup recipe you will needs to double this recipe.