Last week you made your favorite spicy soup and now you’re left staring at the leftover stock in your fridge. What to do? There’s actually a lot more potential for your stock than just soup. In fact, stock is the base for many dishes, making it one of the most versatile ingredients around. Use it to add richness to polenta, braise meat and veggies or make a one-pot meal. The possibilities are endless and extremely tasty. Whether you call it stock, broth or even bone broth, here’s how to get the most out of this ingredient.


1. Wild Boar Ragu: Beef broth does an awesome job of deglazing all the yummy bits stuck to your pan from sautéing vegetables. Scrape away! That’s the key to a flavor-packed ragu. (via the Gourmet Gourmand)


2. Tonkotsu Ramen: Any ramen lover knows that homemade stock is the most important part of ramen. It’s recommended that the broth simmers with plenty of bones and fat for six to 12 hours so it becomes thick and gelatinous. Make ahead and keep in your freezer to give instant ramen new meaning. (via Curious Nut)


3. Asian Style Braised Oxtail: Braising is the technique you need to master to turn tough meats and vegetables into melt-in-your-mouth dishes. First, brown your ingredients to create a tasty crust that seals in flavor, then slow cook with a small amount of stock, vegetables and spices. This oxtail falls off the bone after a few hours of simmering. (via Ang Sarap)


4. Braised Fingerling Potatoes With Garlic, Shallots and Fresh Herbs: These potatoes become super tender as the braising broth simmers. Once the stock reduces, it coats the potatoes in a garlicky sauce. These might be your new favorite potatoes. (via a Beautiful Plate)


5. Creamy Polenta With Ratatouille: While you can cook polenta with water, cooking polenta with stock packs a major flavor boost. LIFE. CHANGED. (via Green Healthy Cooking)


6. Curry Pearl Barley Porridge With Tomatoes, Coriander, Lime and Almonds: Grains, like this pearl barley, get an upgrade with the addition of stock. Try one made from chicken or mushrooms for a hearty meal with a meaty taste. (via Madeline Lu)


7. Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry: You only need a cup of broth to serve four peeps with this sweet potato curry recipe. So you’ve got enough to spare for this filling curry that only calls for a handful of key ingredients. Hello, easy weeknight dinner! (via Pinch of Yum)


8. Brown Butter Lobster, Sweet Corn and Fontina Risotto: Risotto is a vacuum for flavor, which is exactly why you need a good amount of stock for this fontina risotto. Seriously. Keep adding stock until your risotto becomes velvety. It’s a recipe for success. (via Half Baked Harvest)


9. Turkey Leek Pot Pie With Sage and Walnut Studded Puff Pastry: This rustic pot pie is something you’d find served in a tavern on a cold winter night. It’s hearty and full of decadent flavors from leeks, turkey stock and cream. (via Port and Fin)


10. One-Pot Instant Mc-Curry With Broken Pasta: This is the fast food of curries because it takes a mind boggling 10 minutes to whip up AND it has actual fast food in it. This is a game changing, spicy late night eat you’ll be thankful for in the morning. (via Lady and Pups)


11. Curry Laksa: This spicy noodle curry marries Chinese and Malaysian food. Even if you don’t know what that tastes like, you’re going to be pumped for this dish. It’s packed with bright flavors like ginger, lemongrass, dried shrimp and curry. Curry laksa is also a great a cold remedy. (via Lady and Pups)


12. Chicken and Dumplings: When you think of comfort food, it’s hard not to picture chicken and dumplings. Use homemade stock for the most comforting, flavorful chicken and dumplings you’ve ever had. Then rest your head on some of those pillowy, starchy dumplings. Yum. (via the Foodie Physician)


13. One-Pot Chicken Couscous: One-pot meals frequently save weeknight dinners. Opt for this one-pot chicken couscous instead of take out. It’s WAY better for you and better tasting. (via Brit + Co)


14. Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup With Miso and Black Sesame: Give soups a boost with a few cups of stock like in this creamy roasted carrot soup. It’ll make for a light but satisfying meal. (via Feed Me Phoebe)


15. Slow Cooker Three Bean Chili: Throw beans, veggies, diced tomatoes and stock in your slow cooker before you hit the hay and in the morning you’ll find this beautiful chili. It’s like Christmas morning for chili enthusiasts. (via Aberdeen’s Kitchen)

How do you use up your leftover stock? Tweet at @BritandCo with your tips.