Struggling to find tasty simple recipes with bone broth? Though bone broth can be substituted in some recipes, it may not be the best substitute for all recipes due to its unique flavor. But don’t worry! These 25 delicious and easy recipes feature bone broth as a key ingredient or offer great substitutes for adding more of this nutritious superfood to your diet.
In this article, we will show you how to incorporate this superfood into your daily routine with some easy and tasty recipes with bone broth. From savory soups to stews or casseroles, the possibilities are endless and these ALL work so well with bone broth!
If you’re not sure what to make with bone broth, then put on your apron, grab a spoon and let’s dive into the comforting and nourishing world of bone broth together! With these recipes, you’ll be able to enjoy its delicious and nutritional benefits every day.
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Choosing bone broth for different recipes
When choosing bone broth to substitute in recipes, there are a few things to consider:
- Flavor: Bone broths have different flavor profiles, so it’s important to choose one that will complement the flavors of the dish you’re making. For example, chicken bone broth may work well in a chicken soup, while beef bone broth may be better for a beef stew.
- Nutritional content: Different types of bone broths have different nutritional content. If you’re looking for a specific nutrient, like gelatin, choose a bone broth that is high in that type of nutrient. Store bought broths are rarely high in gelatin, for example.
- Ingredients: Some bone broths may have added ingredients such as salt, spices or preservatives. This is why I always opt for making my own broth, so I can better control what’s in my food and adjust the flavor to my personal liking.
- Quality: Always choose bone broths that are made with high-quality ingredients, and that are organic or grass-fed if possible.
- Recipe: The recipe you’re using can also give you a hint on what broth to choose. For example, if you are making a soup with vegetables, chicken and ginger, you could choose a chicken bone broth that was simmered with veggies and ginger to enhance the flavors of the dish.
If you’re not sure which bone broth to choose, you can always start with a neutral flavor like chicken or beef and adjust the seasoning according to your taste and the recipe. You can also mix different broths together to create your own unique flavor.
What to make with bone broth
There are so many options when using bone broth from hot chocolate to stews to side dishes. Here are a few ideas of things you can make with bone broth:
- Drinks: smoothies, juices, hot chocolate or as a simple broth to sip on
- Sauces: béchamel sauce for lasagna or a cream sauce for pasta
- Gravies: pan gravy for roast chicken or beef
- Soups: a base for all kinds of soups
- Stews: great in all kinds of stews
- Casseroles: adds flavor and moisture.
- Sides: potatoes, rice, greens and more
- Risottos: makes delicious risottos
Drink & sauce recipes with bone broth
Bone broth hot chocolate
As a lover of hot chocolate and someone who loves to find ways to incorporate bone broth into many of my foods, I was excited when I first discovered bone broth hot chocolate. It’s a cozy, creamy, and decadent way to sip your bone broth and make a classic hot chocolate recipe even better for you, your family, and your gut! With simple and powerful ingredients, get ready to cozy up with a mug of this delicious bone broth hot chocolate!
Easy brown gravy (no drippings)
This quick brown gravy recipe by Drive Me Hungry is a savory and delicious sauce that’s great on anything. And a great feature of this recipe is that you can replace the beef stock with bone broth for added nutritional benefits. No drippings are required and ready in under 10 minutes! It’s easier than you think to make gravy from scratch and tastes so much better than packaged gravy powder. for a quick and delicious meal.
Au jus sauce (no drippings needed)
This easy au jus sauce by Drive Me Hungry is perfect for prime rib, roast beef, and French dip. Made with simple ingredients like beef broth, butter, and Worcestershire sauce, it can be made with or without drippings and is ready in just five minutes. It’s a light and flavorful sauce that pairs perfectly with any beef, lamb, or chicken dish and can be thickened with flour for a gravy-like consistency. Using high-quality beef bone broth for the best flavor.
Soup recipes with bone broth
Butternut squash soup with bone broth
This butternut squash soup with bone broth by Sava’s Kitchen is the perfect nourishing comfort food for colder days. Roasted butternut squash, carrots, and coconut milk are blended together with bone broth to create a creamy and delicious soup. Also, it’s packed with so many nutrients! With the added benefits of spices like cumin and nutmeg, this soup is sure to be a hit. You can make a large batch and enjoy it for lunch or dinner all week long, or freeze it for easy quick meals in the future.
Greek lemon chicken soup
This Greek Lemon Chicken Soup by The Art of Food and Wine is a simple, flavorful and an excellent hearty and comforting meal. This traditional Greek soup features a bright lemon flavor and can be made with or without eggs. This recipe is made with basic ingredients such as chicken, onion, garlic, lemon, couscous, rosemary, and broth (I use bone broth). It’s easy to make in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop and can be ready in just 30 minutes. You can serve it as a main course and garnish with feta cheese and chives – so satisfying!
Italian sausage kale soup
This family-friendly recipe for Italian Sausage Kale Soup by Flavor the Moments is a hearty and delicious soup that is made with bone broth in mind. It includes sausage, white beans, chicken bone broth, chunky veggies, and loads of kale, making it a great source of protein. Plus, it’s naturally dairy and gluten-free for those with sensitivities. This comforting dish is ready in about 40 minutes, great for meal prep, and is freezer friendly. Top it with parmesan and you’ve got yourself a cozy homemade delight for lunch or dinner.
Chicken alfredo soup with tortellini
This quick and easy 20-minute Chicken Alfredo Soup with Tortellini is the perfect comfort food for a cozy night in. It’s rich, hearty, and has a simple list of ingredients. The best part is that it’s a one-pot meal, making cleanup a breeze. The recipe calls for chicken broth, but it can easily be substituted with bone broth to add even more flavor and nutrients.
Lentil turkey soup
This lentil turkey soup by Nibble and Dine is a tasty and easy to make soup that is perfect for busy weeknights. Made with basic pantry ingredients like ground turkey, lentils, onion, carrots, canned tomatoes, and broth, this recipe is full of flavor. But what makes this recipe even more special is that it can be made even better with bone broth, adding an extra boost of nutrition and flavor. Not only is this recipe easy to make, it also freezes and reheats well, making it a great meal prep option.
Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup
A Chinese takeout classic, this chicken and sweetcorn soup by My Morning Mocha is a smooth, creamy, and comforting dish that is perfect for a cold winter’s day. It’s easy to make, ready in just 20 minutes, and budget-friendly! It utilizes simple ingredients such as chicken, sweetcorn, garlic, and seasonings, making it great for using up leftovers – just substitute the chicken stock with bone broth.
Instant pot turkey soup
This recipe by Maple and Mango is for a hearty turkey soup, perfect for leftovers from Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey dinners! It’s made with leftover turkey meat, turkey bone broth, veggies, and herbs. This recipe is easy to make, healthy, comforting, and easy to customize – you can add different veggies, herbs, or even noodles. Instructions are for an Instant Pot, but it also includes stovetop instructions.
Mediterranean tomato soup
This Mediterranean tomato soup by Sunglow Kitchen is the perfect balance of sweet and salty, with added flavor from fresh basil and garlic. Made in just 30 minutes, it’s a 1-pot recipe with simple ingredients and is quick and easy to whip up. Lovely to serve with croutons or garlic bread and topped with feta cheese or even bacon. This recipe is naturally gluten-free and can be frozen for up to 6 months. Great for a cozy lunch or dinner, you won’t be disappointed with this delicious tomato soup recipe using bone broth in place of its suggested veggie broth.
Stew & main dish recipes with bone broth
Simple slow cooker short ribs
These Simple Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs by Pretty Delicious Life are the perfect cozy season delicious meal. With simple ingredients and a low fodmap and paleo-friendly recipe, this dish is a great option for the holiday season or cold weather meal prep. The slow cooker does the majority of the heavy lifting, making it a great recipe for any time of the week. The best part? The bone broth used in this recipe adds extra flavor and nutrition to your meal.
Ground beef and noodles
Craving a comforting and satisfying dinner that’s ready in just 20 minutes? Look no further than this quick and easy stovetop ground beef and noodles recipe by Herbs and Flour! Made with ground beef, egg noodles, and basic fridge and pantry staples, this delicious dinner is perfect for busy nights. Inspired by the flavors of Swedish meatballs and gravy, it’s packed with bold and delicious flavors that will leave your taste buds singing. Whip up this tasty dish with your bone broth in place of beef broth and enjoy a nourishing meal that’s ready in no time!
Saffron and porcini mushrooms risotto
Are you ready to elevate your risotto game? Look no further than this deliciously creamy and fragrant saffron porcini risotto recipe by Cucchiarella. In place of veggie broth, use bone broth. This traditional northern Italian dish combines two classic flavors, saffron and porcini mushrooms, to seriously elevate its taste. With its sweet and delicate saffron flavor and the unique aroma of porcini mushrooms, this risotto is sure to be a hit with everyone (that likes mushrooms).
Italian dumplings (canederli) in broth
Introduce your taste buds to a true taste of the Italian Alps with this recipe for Canederli (Italian dumplings) by The Pasta Project. This comforting and satisfying dish is not only a great way to use up stale bread, but it also has a distinct and delicious flavor, thanks to the addition of traditional Italian speck. Perfect for a hearty family dinner, these large round dumplings are made from a mixture of stale bread, flour, eggs, and milk and are traditionally served in a warm, homemade broth for a main dish – just use bone broth in place of beef broth.
You can totally make traditional chili with bone broth, but have you ever tried Texas Chili? This recipe for Texas Chili by Casual Epicure is the perfect comfort food for chilly days and compliments the substitution of bone broth well. Made from ground chuck roast and toasted Mexican chiles, this chili is a spicy hug in a bowl. Unlike traditional chili recipes, this Texas Chili does not contain beans or tomatoes, but it’s made of beef and a thick and flavorful chili paste made from dried peppers. The recipe is simple with little prep. It’s a warming dish you have to try at least once that is perfect for those cold days when you just crave something spicy and comforting.
Garam masala curry
This Garam Masala Curry recipe by Sunglow Kitchen is a delicious and healthy 1-pot dinner that is easy to make and great for meal prep. Instead of vegetable broth use bone broth to make it that much better. It’s made with chickpeas cooked in a rich tomato curry sauce, creamy coconut milk, and aromatic spices like onion, garlic, and ginger. The bold flavors come from the garam masala spice blend. It’s great to serve with homemade naan, basmati rice, or curried mashed potatoes.
Instant pot osso buco
This recipe for Instant Pot Osso Buco by Cook at Home Mom is a fast and easy way to make the classic Italian dish. The meat comes out ultra-tender and its broth is so rich and delicious, all cooked in under an hour! Using basic ingredients like white wine, diced tomatoes, herbs, and vegetables, it’s a perfectly hearty meal for your family and friends, plus it’s easy to make. Just replace beef stock with bone broth!
These Mexican Meatballs by Balance with Jess are a flavorful and healthy 45-minute comfort dish that packs quite a punch! Made with warm and fragrant spices like oregano, cumin, and paprika, and an Adobo-flavored tomato sauce, they’re perfect for an appetizer or a hearty main dish, and bone broth works wonderfully in this! It includes 3 different ways to cook the Meatballs – baked, air fried, or pan seared. Additionally, it uses crushed tortillas and cotija cheese for a deliciously authentic Mexican flavor and texture. You can also garnish it with cilantro for a perfect finish.
Easy lamb goulash (hungarian stew)
This Lamb Goulash recipe by Cooking Gorgeous is a wholesome and delicious Hungarian Stew made with slow-cooked lamb in a rich and slightly smoky tomato and paprika sauce. Perfect for cold winter nights, this dish can be made in the oven, slow cooker, or on the stovetop and the flavors develop even more if made a day ahead. It’s simple, versatile and perfect for large batches, and can be served with rice pilav.
Healthy & from-scratch beef pot pie
This from-scratch beef pot pie by The Home Intent is a delightful meal that is packed with flavor and nutrition. This recipe is made with simple, wholesome ingredients like grass-fed beef, onion, garlic, carrots, bone broth, potatoes, peas, and seasonings like coconut aminos and worcestershire sauce, making it a healthier option than traditional pot pie recipes. Plus, the sprouted wheat crust is easier for your body to digest and contains more nutrients than regular wheat flour! Although it takes a bit longer to prepare, most of the cooking time is hands-off, allowing you to do other things while it cooks.
Side recipes with bone broth
Greek lemon potatoes (patates lemonates)
Looking for the perfect side dish to elevate your meals? Look no further than this recipe for Greek Lemon Potatoes by Herbs and Flour! These deliciously lemony and irresistible roasted potatoes are the perfect complement to a variety of dishes, from roast chicken and souvlaki to meatballs and more. This recipe makes the most tender and flavorful potatoes you’ll ever taste. With two variations to choose from – crispy or creamy – you can tailor it to your own preferences. And the best part? It’s incredibly easy to substitute bone broth in tihs recipe and it’s made with simple ingredients you likely already have on hand.
Slow cooker collard greens recipe with bone broth
This recipe for slow cooker collard greens by The Short Order Cook is the perfect southern side dish that is easy to make and satisfies the soul. The collard greens are cooked with bacon, broth (it calls for chicken but use bone), garlic, onion, and vinegar for a delicious, rich, and slightly nutty taste that pairs well with any protein. Cooking collard greens in the crockpot requires little effort and results in tender leaves that soak up all the flavor. The broth used to cook is also not wasted and served along with this scrumptious side.
Dairy-free mashed potatoes
These dairy-free mashed potatoes by Mae’s Menu are creamy, savory, and buttery, all while being made with no milk or dairy! Substituting easy-to-find ingredients like broth, mayonnaise, and vegan butter, these mashed potatoes are made dairy-free without any fuss. These potatoes are quick and easy to make and are ready in under 25 minutes. They are also great for entertaining and make a great side dish for any occasion. Bone broth can be substituted for chicken broth to add an extra depth of flavor to these delicious mashed potatoes.
Austrian potato salad
This Austrian Potato Salad, or Erdäpfelsalat, by Cooking Gorgeous is a tangy and refreshing side dish that is perfect for serving with grilled fish or meat. Unlike the American version, it contains no mayo, making it a healthier option, especially when you use bone broth instead of traditional chicken or beef. The best way to serve this potato salad is warm or at room temperature.
Types of bone broth to use
Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones from beef, fish, chicken, lamb, and/or pork. The best (tastier) ones often include simmering vegetables and seasonings as well.
If you want to get the benefits of bone broth but don’t want to spend time and effort making it yourself, you can always buy bone broth protein powder. It’s a popular supplement that comes in various flavors and can be used in smoothies, baked goods, and more.
Another option is to make your own bone broth at home. For high-quality broths, use grass-fed bones for beef bone broth, and the carcass and bones of a cooked chicken for chicken bone broth. You can also add chicken feet, fish, and other animal parts for added nutrients.
Tips for making great-tasting bone broth
Want to make your own bone broth? Here are my favorite tips that make all the difference:
- Use animal bones with vegetable scraps and a bay leaf.
- Use pasture-fed, antibiotic, and hormone-free animal products.
- When using beef, lamb, or pork bones, roast them with a bit of olive oil in the oven for 20 minutes at 450°F. Trust me, this makes a huge difference in the taste of your broth! You can also roast any vegetables for added flavor.
- Add up to ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar to help extract minerals from the bones.
- You can use a slow cooker, instant pot, or stovetop.
- Skim the fat that rises to the surface as it rises. If left too long it will sink and become more difficult to strain out.
- Use just enough water to cover your bones and vegetables plus a few extra inches above. Using too much water will give you a very weak flavor.
- For poultry bones, it is recommended to simmer for at least 6-8 hours, for beef and lamb bones it’s best to simmer for at least 12-24 hours, and for fish bones, 2-4 hours is enough.
That’s interesting the bone broth can be with many recipes. I’m saving this list. Thank you for sharing!
This is such a great post. I love so many of these suggestions. Thank you for sharing I am trying to have various recipes like these. 🤗
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Woah! There’s so much that can be done with the bone broth. Thankyou for all the options
Woah! There’s so much that can be done with the bone broth. Thankyou for all the options to consider
I have been curious to try bone broth! Thanks for sharing
Great ideas!! Thank you!
I can’t say I’ve ever heard of bone broth; but DANG so all these recipes that call for it sound amazing! I’ve been dealing adventurous with my cooking lately, so I think I might give this a shot! Hopefully it goes well! Thank you for sharing!
Wow – I wasn’t aware of how versatile bone broth is. Thank you for providing a lot of great and delicious recipes.
These all look so good! Pinning this now so I can make some of these the next time I make bone broth. Thanks for sharing!
love all the ideas of using bones broth, I love making my own bone broth so that nothing goes to waste.