Satisfying Soups & Stews
Find our favorite soups, stews, and chilis to keep your family warm on cool evenings.
Make this stew with pulled or shredded pork from your favorite barbecue joint or deli-roasted chicken from the grocery store.
Recipe: Southwest Pork Stew
Turnip greens, a Southern staple, have a peppery and slightly sweet taste. Look for smaller leaves or baby turnip greens, which are more tender.
This restaurant-style Tex-Mex dish is both rich and a cinch to prepare.
Recipe: King Ranch Chicken Soup
Add shrimp a few minutes before serving so they don't overcook.
Recipe: Shrimp-and-New Potato Chowder
Anaheim peppers are long, slender chile peppers with a sweet, mild heat. Look for Mexican tortilla soup broth on the soup aisle.
Recipe: Tortilla Soup
Red pepper adds a tangy zest to this classic crowd-pleaser.
Recipe: Tomato-and-Red-Pepper Soup
Even served warm, buttermilk has a cooling effect on the palate, just right for summer meals.
This earthy, aromatic chowder is light enough for summer.
Make this vibrant, peppery soup and easy crab salad up to a day ahead, and then stash them in the fridge to chill.
Once it's cooled, freeze this silky soup in zip-top plastic freezer bags. Thaw in refrigerator three to four days before using. Reheat over medium-low heat. Add salt and pepper if needed, and garnish just before serving.
Recipe: Parsnip-Potato Soup
You're three steps away from a kid-friendly, company-worthy meal.
Recipe: Sausage-and-Bean Stew
Make this reviewer favorite the star attraction of your next soup night.
Recipe: Loaded Potato Soup
Classic posole, a delicious slow-simmered Mexican pork stew often reserved for special occasions, is typically a time-consuming labor of love. But this one gives you all the comfort and flavor of the old-world version made in your slow cooker.
Recipe: Mexican Stew
The fragrant flavors in this refreshing tonic of a soup are the antidote to a rich Thanksgiving feast. For a heartier spin, serve it over rice or noodles. Can't find fresh lemongrass in the produce section of your supermarket? Try our version that uses Thai ginger-infused chicken broth instead.
Recipe: Lemongrass-Turkey Soup
Pick up a baguette at the market, so you can sop up every drop of this hearty soup. Whip up a fresh spinach salad to serve alongside.
Recipe: Beef-and-Orzo Soup
A smart way to repurpose sweet potato casserole, this hearty soup drew rave reviews in our Test Kitchen. If your casserole contains marshmallows, remove them before stirring the casserole into this soup. The flavor will vary depending on your casserole recipe; simply adjust salt and pepper to taste before serving.
Recipe: Sausage-and-Sweet Potato Soup
Try our easy take on traditional Italian wedding soup. Stir baby spinach into the hot soup; it wilts in just about a minute and adds color. Or sub any herbs or baby greens you have on hand, and add more or less red pepper to vary the level of heat.
It may be cold out, but you can still get your fresh veggie fix with golden butternut squash. Try one of these delicious butternut squash recipes for a warm and satisfying meal.
In our first recipe, Texas-based blogger Russell Van Kraayenburg, Houston, Texas, (chasingdelicious.com) warmed up a Tex-Mex favorite, chili, with the addition of butternut squash.
- Recipe: Butternut Squash Tortilla Soup
Flavored with minced garlic, lemon zest, and bay leaves, this soup is comfort in a bowl. Keep it on hand all season long.
- Recipe: Lemon-Chicken Soup
Gremolata, a fragrant topping containing garlic, lemon rind, and fresh parsley, adds fresh flavor to this hearty white bean soup.
- Recipe: White Bean Soup with Gremolata
- Recipe: Beef Vegetable Soup
Add a little zing to canned tomato soup by blending with canned Italian-style diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and fresh ground pepper. If desired, top with a dollop of sour cream and chopped fresh parsley before serving.
- Recipe: Dressed-up Tomato Soup
This seasonal soup uses canned pumpkin, making the recipe a breeze to prepare.
- Recipe: Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup
- Recipe: Southern Tortellini Minestrone
Save time by making this chicken chili with smoked chicken from your favorite barbecue restaurant, or use a barbecue-flavored rotisserie chicken from your local supermarket.
- Recipe: Smoky Chicken Chili
Our users rave about this easy chicken soup. It freezes well, so make a large batch and portion it out for easy lunches.
- Recipe: Chunky Chicken-Barley Soup
This recipe is pure comfort but it takes a while to prepare, so make it on a day when you have some time to spare. Serve it with crusty bread or over rice to capture every drop of the rich gravy.
- Recipe: Red Wine Beef Stew
- Recipe: Butternut Squash-Parsnip Soup
We've streamlined this favorite creamy shrimp chowder by using canned soup as the base.
- Recipe: Quick Shrimp Chowder
Add a dash of hot sauce to your bowl for extra heat. Use a variety of your favorite beans, if you wish, in this recipe.
- Recipe: Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili
Puree if you prefer your soup smooth rather than chunky. To serve without pureeing, decrease chicken broth to 3 1/2 cups.
- Recipe: Wild Mushroom Soup
Take pleasure in eating well without a lot of fuss. This vitamin-packed stew is light on calories and will have you out of the kitchen in no time (prep time is only about 10 minutes).
Recipe: Chicken-and-Vegetable Stew
Nothing is more comforting than a big bowl of hearty Brunswick stew. Sop up every flavorful last bit with crusty bread or crispy cornbread crackers.
- Recipe: Easy Brunswick Stew
At recipe developer Lyda Burnette's house, they call this hearty recipe Peter Rabbit Soup. Lyda recommends using a handheld immersion blender for ease.
- Recipe: Lyda's Cream of Carrot Soup
Barbecue sauce adds smokehouse flavor to this simple, hearty soup.
- Recipe: White Bean-and-Collard Soup
This creamy soup is comfort in a bowl. Serve with warm, crusty bread on a cool day.
- Recipe: Cream of Potato-and-Onion Soup
Run a knife along just-cut cobs to catch sweet corn milk in a bowl. It'll add flavor and creamy texture.
Recipe: Maque Choux Soup
Ready in 40 Minutes
This hearty twist on chicken noodle soup features small grains of orzo pasta and savory chicken meatballs.
- Recipe: Lemon, Orzo, and Meatball Soup
Store-bought rotisserie chicken shortcuts the cook time, while white ale adds spice, body, and flavor.
- Recipe: Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime
This savory soup is full of the flavors of fall. Pumpkin and acorn squash are seasoned with honey, thyme, ginger, and nutmeg for a delicious combination that will be hard to resist.
- Recipe: Pumpkin-Acorn Squash Soup
Our chunky take on pistou is chock-full of veggies, beans, and pasta. Serve it with lemon wedges.
- Recipe: Vegetable Soup with Basil Pesto
Sweet carrots go together perfectly with citrusy apple and ginger spice to make a warm, satisfying dish.
- Recipe: Carrot, Apple, and Ginger Soup
Have a windfall of yellow squash? This makes good use of summer's bounty. Roasting the squash in the oven concentrates flavor; curry powder gives it a sweet and fragrant kick.
- Recipe: Yellow Squash and Curry Stew
Rich, beefy petite tender, the quick-cooking foundation of this stew and a supermarket steak cut from shoulder, looks and tastes like tenderloin but costs a third of the price. Can't find it? Try chuck-eye steak, which has good flavor but needs a little more trimming.
- Recipe: Quick Beef Chili
Serve the fresh garnishes with this earthy soup to add color and crunch.
- Recipe: Pozole
Fresh lime juice adds extra bright flavor. Bringing the broth back to a boil before serving ensures the snap peas cook to a crisp-tender texture.
- Recipe: Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls
We like the tang and body that green tomatoes give this comforting stew.
Recipe: Green Tomato Chile Verde
Make the soup through Step 2 the day before. Reheat, and stir in the lime juice before serving.
- Recipe: Sweet Potato Soup
Start with a whole chicken to create a flavorful, refined broth.
A chuck roast paired with sweet potatoes and butternut squash will hit the spot on the chilliest winter nights.
Make a classic chicken and dumplings recipe even more Southern by topping the vegetable-and-chicken-packed stew with cornbread dumplings.
Recipe: Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
A favorite fall produce stars in this comforting and creamy soup.
- Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup
Charring the tomatoes creates a wonderfully smoky, flavorful soup. Adjust the amount of red pepper to your desired level of heat.
Recipe: Mexican Tomato Soup
For a spicier finish, top with minced Thai chile pepper.
- Recipe: Spicy Coconut Shrimp Soup
Chestnuts aren't just for roasting on an open fire. Try them steamed or roasted in this creamy dish. This soup is an elegant starter and over the top with the savory toppers of bacon, dried cherries, creme fraiche, and truffle oil.
- Recipe: Cream of Chestnut Soup
Flecks of chopped carrot and green pepper peek beneath this velvety cheese soup. The recipe gets a slight kick with the addition of ground red pepper.
- Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Soup
Unlike other dried beans, lentils cook in minutes and are perfect for busy weeknights. This one-soup meal is ready in less than an hour.
- Recipe: Red Lentil Soup