25 Fix-and-Freeze Soups and Stews for a Delicious Dinner Any Night of the Week

Chicken-and-Brisket Brunswick Stew
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Busy weeknights often leave dinner planning on the back burner. While you're shuttling the kids to and from activities during the week, it's hard to handle dinner prep, too. The juggle can get even crazier around the holidays. After all, you're already planning the perfect holiday menu. Who has time to cook tonight's dinner, too? That's when you head to your freezer and pull out a soup or stew you were thoughtful enough to prepare in advance.

While you have a moment, get ahead of your fix-and-freeze needs with these delicious soup and stew recipes. With comforting dishes that'll take you from fall to early spring, these comforting recipes are sure to be a breeze to defrost and reheat when you're in a pinch. From hearty Beef and Butternut Stew to veggie-forward Black Bean Soup, we have something for everyone. Just follow our handy guide on how to freeze and store soup, and you're well on your way.

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Chicken-Andouille Gumbo with Roasted Potatoes

Chicken Soups Chicken-Andouille Gumbo with Roasted Red Potatoes
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Chicken-Andouille Gumbo with Roasted Red Potatoes

You can't go wrong with this classic Southern dish to fill you up on chilly nights. We made it even heartier by adding roasted potatoes to the traditional mix of andouille sausage, Cajun seasonings, and veggies.

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Spicy Blue Hubbard Squash Soup

Spicy Blue Hubbard Squash Soup
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Spicy Blue Hubbard Squash Soup

Coriander, cumin, and chili powder give this smooth soup a little spice. Pull it out of your freezer for an instant dinner upgrade any night of the week.

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Carrot Soup with Pea Pesto

Carrot Soup with Pea Pesto
Johnny Autry; Food and Prop Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Carrot Soup with Pea Pesto

Liven up any springtime supper with this Carrot Soup. Cloves and cumin spice the carrots and garlic, and a splash of cream adds just the right amount of richness.

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Homemade Chicken Soup

Homemade Chicken Soup
Photography: Victor Protasio

Recipe: Homemade Chicken Soup

Few things are as comforting on a cold night as chicken soup, and we think ours is pretty good. Of course, you might not have time to sit over a simmering pot every night, so cook up a big batch and freeze it for those especially chilly days. The whole family will thank you.

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Instant Pot Creamy Root Vegetable Soup

Instant Pot Creamy Root Vegetable Soup
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Instant Pot Creamy Root Vegetable Soup

Brimming with carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes, this recipe has been dubbed the "king of cold-weather soups." Meals don't get any easier than this—after you've made everything in your Instant Pot, let the soup cool before freezing so you can have this hearty dish any time.

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Acorn Squash Soup

Acorn Squash Soup
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Victor Protasio, Prop Stylist Claire Spollen

Recipe: Acorn Squash Soup

Freezing this soup is a great way to have it on hand whenever you need it. Dedicate an afternoon to roasting, simmering, and pureeing enough for the whole week and dinner is ready to go.

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Broccoli-Spinach Soup with Parmesan Croutons

Broccoli-Spinach Soup with Parmesan Croutons
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Broccoli-Spinach Soup with Parmesan Croutons

To keep the vibrant color, make sure to blanch your vegetables before blending. If freezing, thaw overnight in the fridge, and toast the croutons to revive their crunch.

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon

Velvety smooth? Check. Healthy? Check. Easy to prepare? Check. What's not to love about this soup? It's something you'll always want to have on hand in the freezer for everything from last-minute guests to weeknight dinners.

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Instant Pot Potato Soup

Instant Pot Potato Soup
Caitlin Bensel; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe: Instant Pot Potato Soup

This is a soup that tastes like you spent all day making it, but actually comes together in a breeze. Now, that's something we want to eat every day.

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Harvest Beef Soup

Harvest Beef Soup
Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Harvest Beef Soup

Edamame and kale add lightness to an otherwise heavy, comforting dish. You'll definitely want to freeze the leftovers—if there are any.

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Basil Tomato Soup

Soup Recipes: Basil Tomato Soup
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Basil Tomato Soup

Basil adds a little zing to a classic. Make and freeze the soup ahead of time so that the day you want to serve it, all you need to do is reheat and garnish.

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Beef and Butternut Stew

Beef-and-Butternut Stew
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Beef and Butternut Stew

It's a stick-to-your-bones dinner you'll want to have on hand as the temperatures drop.

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Slow Cooker Venison Stew

Slow Cooker Venison Stew
Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Prop Styling: Audrey Davis, Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe: Slow Cooker Venison Stew

A little blackberry jam adds a subtle sweetness and balances out the Dijon and brown ale.

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Instant Pot Rabbit Stew

Instant Pot Rabbit Stew
Caitlin Bensel; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe: Instant Pot Rabbit Stew

Rich and rustic, this stew is loaded with vegetables like leeks, peas, carrots, and thyme that make it delightfully refreshing—but comforting—on a thawing spring day.

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Beef Stew

Beef Stew
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Beef Stew

Why tinker with a good thing? Chunks of beef and potatoes swim in a hearty brown gravy that'll freeze well, too.

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Chicken, Apple, and Butternut Stew

Chicken, Apple, and Butternut Stew
Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Recipe: Chicken, Apple, and Butternut Stew

Unfiltered apple cider lends a sweetness to this stew while also providing the thickening agent. It's a delicious blend of savory and sweet packed into one simple soup.

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Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup

Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup Image
Southern Living

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup

Make it in the slow-cooker then stash it in the freezer for your easiest meal yet.

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Hoppin' John Soup

Hoppin' John Soup
Johnny Autry; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Hoppin' John Soup

New Year's Day below the Mason-Dixon just wouldn't be complete without Hoppin' John Soup on the stove!

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice

Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice

Pick your pumpkin wisely and steer clear of the field varieties for this recipe.

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Turnip Greens-and-Ham Stew

Turnip Greens-and-Ham Stew
Southern Living

Recipe: Turnip Greens-and-Ham Stew

Quick to make and easy to reheat, this stew is one that'll find its way onto your dinner table—and into your freezer—with increasing regularity.

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Sausage-and-Collard Greens Stew

Sausage-and-Collard Greens Stew
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Sausage-and-Collard Greens Stew

A long stint in the slow cooker will ensure the greens become soft and tender, so be sure to choose something hearty to start with.

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Beef Stew with Buttery Garlic Bread

Beef Stew with Buttery Garlic Bread
Photo: Stephen DeVries, Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Beef Stew with Buttery Garlic Bread

The slow simmer on the stove renders the beef meltingly tender. Make extra to freeze, but be sure to do the garlic bread fresh.

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Sweet Potato-Carrot Soup

Sweet Potato-Carrot Soup
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Prissy Lee Montiel

Recipe: Sweet Potato-Carrot Soup

Sweet potatoes and carrots give this soup a pretty orange hue.

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Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

Instant Pot Vegetable Soup
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland; Food Styling: Melissa Gray

Recipe: Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

Ready in just 35 minutes, this soup is great to fix and forget.

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Chicken-and-Brisket Brunswick Stew

Chicken-and-Brisket Brunswick Stew
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Chicken-and-Brisket Brunswick Stew

Brunswick stew is always a crowd-pleaser in the South. We combine chicken and tender beef brisket in this hearty version. You won't be able to get enough.

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