Parmesan Rind Broth

A versatile broth for all your winter soups and stews
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Parmesan Rind Broth
Photo: Dave Katz/Tasting Table

Never let a good cheese rind go to waste, because those rich aged notes make for an excellent broth base for soups, stews, beans, rice, lentils—you get the idea. We like to add a sheet of kombu seaweed and a few dried mushrooms for extra umami flavor.

But don't stop at our ingredients list: Throw in any aromatics you want to use up—a carrot or leek here, a radish there. Make it your own.

Parmesan Rind Broth

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 7 cups of broth

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1½ hours

Total Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes


2 tablespoons olive oil

2 shallots, halved

1 garlic head, halved crosswise

5 dried mushrooms (such as shiitake or porcini)

5 celery stalks

10 parsley stems

2 strips lemon peel

3 thyme sprigs

1 bay leaf

One 6-inch kombu strip

1 pound Parmesan rinds (about 3 large rinds)

10 cups cold water


1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Place the shallots and garlic, cut-sides down, into the pan and caramelize for 5 minutes.

2. Add the mushrooms, celery, parsley stems, lemon peels, thyme, bay leaf, kombu and Parmesan rinds. Cover with the cold water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring the bottom often to prevent the rinds from sticking, until the broth is rich and aromatic, 1½ hours. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and use immediately, or chill and store in the fridge, covered, for up to 4 days.

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