59 Satisfying Soups & Stews
Find our favorite soups, stews, and chilis to keep your family warm on cool evenings.
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
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
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
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
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
- Recipe: Chicken-and-Vegetable Stew
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
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
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