20 Delicious Ways to Turn Bone Broth into Dinner

updated Jan 11, 2024
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I was first introduced to the wonders of bone broth when I experimented with a round of Whole30 last winter. After sipping on a warm mug of this rich, flavor-packed broth, I was instantly smitten and soon learned all the ways to work it into my meal plans. The good news is that there’s no need to search specifically for recipes using bone broth. Regardless of flavor, bone broth (which is different than regular broth and stock) can be used in place of traditional broth or stock, and sometimes even water, to leave meals with a deeper, richer taste. Whether you have a little or a lot, here are 20 recipes to work bone broth into your dinner.

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Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup
Thinly sliced lemon gives this comforting soup extra depth of flavor.
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Tomato-Braised Lentils with Broccoli Rabe

Swap the traditional chicken broth with any type of bone broth to pack even more flavor into this pot of creamy lentils.
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Zuppa Toscana
This zuppa toscana recipe outdoes the popular Olive Garden menu item.
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One-Pot Lemon Orzo with Shrimp and Fennel
Swapping the vegetable broth for bone broth gives this cozy one-pot dinner an extra-savory flavor.
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Brothy Tuscan White Beans with Garlic-Fried Bread
White beans, garlic, and fresh sage are stewed in a light tomato broth and served over thick toast in this wholesome and comforting pantry recipe.
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Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with Miso-Butter Mushrooms
These ultra-savory bowls use a lot of broth. Even if you don't have the full 6 cups, use however much bone broth you have, and use regular broth for the remainder.
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Stracciatella Soup
This comforting soup recipe only calls for five ingredients.
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Cheesy Panade with Swiss Chard, Beans & Sausage
Panande is basically a French bread stew, studded with beans, greens, and sausage. It's also a little bit brothy, like French onion soup. I'm partial to beef bone broth in this recipe for a deeper flavor, although chicken bone broth makes for absolutely delicious results as well.
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Veggie-Packed Cabbage Soup
Veggie-packed cabbage soup is kissed with tomatoes and mixed with white beans for a little oomph, and manages to be both wonderfully hearty, yet fresh at the same time.
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Gingery Poached Egg Soup
This simple, soothing soup is a miracle meal that's easy enough to pull together on those nights you really don't want to cook. The eggs are poached in the broth and you can use whatever greens you have on hand.
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Tortellini Piccata
With a buttery lemon-caper sauce, this weeknight pasta always wins.
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Weeknight Rotisserie Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
Soup is perhaps the simplest way to put a lot of bone broth to work. Even if you have beef bone broth, don't hesitate to use it for this weeknight soup; it adds a rich and delicious twist to classic chicken soup.
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Gumbo Z’Herbes (Greens Gumbo)
This hearty gumbo, chock full of peak winter greens, represents warmth, community, and love.
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Tomato-Basil Chicken and Rice
Cooking rice in broth is always a good idea, as it's a simple way to bring even more flavor to dinner. In this skillet dinner, both the chicken and the rice simmer in the broth for a rich flavor.
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Farmers Market Risotto
If you have a big stash of bone broth, risotto is always a great option to consider, as it can be used in place of traditional broth. This veggie-packed rice dish can come together with whatever veggies you have in the crisper.
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Braised French Onion Chicken with Gruyère
If you have a pack of chicken thighs handy, a braise is a great way to incorporate bone broth into dinner. Here it's used to deglaze the caramelized onions and stew the chicken.
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Simple & Tasty Slow Cooker Chili
Like soup, bone broth (chicken or beef) can always be used to give your chili an upgrade. This version browns the meat on the stovetop, then simmers in the slow cooker all day long.
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One-Pot BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls
The only thing better than burrito bowls for dinner is when the whole meal comes together in a single pot. Easy cooking and easy cleanup! Swap any type of bone broth for the chicken stock in the recipe and see how this recipe doubles in flavor.
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Warm Bulgur and Lentil Salad with Roasted Shrimp
Bone broth can be used in place of water when cooking any type of grains, rice, and lentils. Here, use it in place of the traditional broth and all or part of the water.
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This classic Italian comfort food is super simple to put together.
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