A whole, bone-in ham is a magnificent thing, not least because of all the delicious things you can make using the bone and leftover pieces of meat that are too small to be served on their own. Here are four of our favorite ham-enhanced dishes.

1. Simmer a ham bone with split peas to make a silky soup; garnish it with fried bits of leftover ham.

2. Cook kale in a flavorful broth made by simmering a ham bone and an onion in water for an hour or so.

3. Use sliced ham to turn a snack of ramen noodles into a meal.

4. Adding a ham bone to polenta as it cooks yields rich results.