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A bouquet garni.

How to Make a Bouquet Garni

Just like a little bouquet of flowers can brighten your day, a Bouquet Garni can improve the outlook of all your favorite soups, stews, lentils, and beans. You don't really need a specific Bouquet Garni recipe, but once I show you how to make one, all you need is your favorite fresh herbs, a length of kitchen twine, and your imagination.
Course Soup
Cuisine American, French
Keyword Herbs, spices
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 4kcal
Author Meggan Hill


  • 4-6 Parsley stems
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2-3 Fresh thyme sprigs or any other green herb: sage, rosemary, tarragon, basil, cilantro, oregano, summer savory
  • 1 teaspoon Black peppercorns optional
  • cotton or hemp unwaxed twine
  • 4" square of cotton cheesecloth optional


  • Place a short length of twine on a work surface. It needs to be long enough to tie around everything. 
  • Stack the herbs and bay leaf on top of the twine in a small pile so that stems are parallel to each other. 
  • Tie the twine around the herbs to bundle them together. Knot to secure. 
  • If using peppercorns, use the cheesecloth. Place herbs, bay leaf, and peppercorns in the center of the square and gather up by the corners, tying with twine to secure. 


Calories: 4kcal