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Parmigiano Reggiano Broth

Parmigiano Reggiano Broth
  • coursePrimo piatto
  • difficultyEasy
  • preparation time2 hours

Are you already down to the rind of your Parmigiano Reggiano?

We get it. We like to grate the “King of Cheeses” on almost anything. With a cheese so precious, how could you just throw away the rind? Instead, make your Parmigiano Reggiano last longer with our simple parmesan broth. Use this rich recipe for stuffed pasta in brodo, or deepen your next soup with this base!

Brodo di Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan Broth)

Recipe courtesy of Eataly

1 large carrot, washed thoroughly & roughly chopped
2 medium onions, skins peeled & roughly chopped
4 celery stalks, washed thoroughly & roughly chopped
8 cups cold water
1 bouquet garni (bundle of herb stalks such as parsley, sage, rosemary, whole peppercorns, juniper berries, smashed whole garlic cloves, bay leaves, etc.)
10 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano DOP rinds

In a large stockpot, heat a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over high heat. Add in the carrot, onions, and celery, generously season them with salt and stir occasionally, continuing to cook them over high heat. Allow the carrots to become golden brown and onions to get translucent during this process.

Cover the vegetables with the cold water, add your bouquet garni and Parmigiano Reggiano rinds, and bring the stock to a rapid boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, and continue to cook over low heat for up to 3 hours, until it is very fragrant and the liquid has absorbed the flavors of the rinds.

Pass the broth through a fine strainer, and return it to a large stockpot to finish the dish.

Use immediately in your next risotto or pasta in brodo dish, or freeze for a rainy day!

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Discover more ways to get the most out of your Italian staples in our zero-waste guide!