Satisfying Soups & Stews
When the weather turns chilly, it’s time for back-to-school, for cozy quilts, and to turn our focus from summer’s farmer’s market bounty to fall’s more filling fare. We’re thankful for these easy soup and stew recipes, which are real fall comfort foods that you can put on the table without too much fuss. Fall soup recipes are fantastic heat and eat meals–simply make a double batch and freeze for another day. Hearty beef and vegetable soup, thirty minute chili, and light, brothy turkey soup laced with lemongrass are some of our favorite fall soups. Easy stew recipes get our vote for nights when we need something a little heartier to chase away the chill–we love a chunky shrimp and sausage stew that’s simpler than gumbo but just as tasty. And what’s better comfort food than a quick and easy Brunswick stew? If you can think of something, let us know. In the meantime, stock up on crusty bread, dust off your ladles, and get in the kitchen with our favorite easy soup and stew recipes.
These Easy Soups and Stews are the Ultimate Fall Comfort Foods
Roasted Tomato-Eggplant Soup with Garlic Croutons
Slow-Cooker Sausage Minestrone
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sausage MinestroneThis minestrone spends a long time is the slow-cooker, but the rich flavors are worth it.
Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Corn Slow-Cooker Chowder
This tasty chowder is filled with corn, bell peppers, and celery.
White Bean, Fennel, and Italian Sausage Soup with Parmesan Toasts
This soup uses mild Italian sausage, but feel free to up the heat with a hot Italian sausage.
Smoked Chicken, Squash, and Rice Soup
Creamy Potato-and-Ham Hock Slow-Cooker Soup
This soup is rich enough to be a whole meal.
Southern Wedding Soup
Recipe: Southern Wedding Soup
These pork-and-beef meatballs are great on their own as well. Try them in a spaghetti sauce or in a meatball sandwich.
One-Pot Beef Stew
Recipe: One-Pot Beef Stew
Beef stew is a classic comfort food. Not only is it delicious, but we love the way it perfumes a whole kitchen or house as it cooks. It also conjures up images of multiple pots and pans, jumbles of ingredients, and hours in front of the stove. Forget about that, we prefer to keep things simple around here. We’ve got your new favorite one-pot, weeknight-friendly beef stew right here. Whole grain mustard adds zip and red wine adds depth of flavor, while plenty of hearty vegetables round out this classic stew. Pair with slices of crusty bread and the leftover red wine for an indulgent weeknight treat.
Spicy Sausage Chickpea Soup
Recipe: Spicy Sausage Chickpea Soup
Take the chill off a fall evening with a bowl of this hearty soup. Spicy Italian pork sausage gives this soup a kick, but you can substitute sweet Italian sausage, if you wish. Baby spinach also works well as a nutritious and colorful substitute for the kale. Perfect for a tailgate party or a weeknight meal, this soup has a quick hands-on time of just 20 minutes, enabling you to spend more time with friends and family as the soup simmers on the stovetop. Already chock full of good-for-you ingredients such as tomatoes, carrots, and celery, just add a warm crusty bread to round out this satisfying meal.
Soulful Chicken Soup
Recipe: Soulful Chicken Soup
No dish is quite as soothing as a hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup. Slow cookers couldn't have made the road to comfort any easier: Simply toss in the ingredients, switch on, and then walk away. We love old-fashioned, wide egg noodles for this recipe. To make sure they aren't mushy and overcooked, don't leave them in the slow cooker any longer than 10 minutes.
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Soup
There are more ways to cook with a pumpkin beyond breads and pies. Brimming with all the flavors of fall, this creamy pumpkin soup makes a delicious weeknight meal or an elegant starter soup for your holiday menu. Use pumpkin or your favorite winter squash, or combine them to get the right amount, but don’t skip the roasting. That gives the pumpkin and squash a deep, delicious, caramelized flavor that adds depth to the soup. You can do some advance prep work and roast the pumpkin ahead; just remove the skin and keep the flesh refrigerated until ready to use.
Chicken-and-Prosciutto Tortelloni Soup
Southwest Pork Stew
Recipe: Southwest Pork Stew
Make this stew with pulled or shredded pork from your favorite barbecue joint or deli-roasted chicken from the grocery store.
King Ranch Chicken Soup
Recipe: King Ranch Chicken Soup
This restaurant-style Tex-Mex dish is both rich and a cinch to prepare.
Recipe: Tortilla Soup
Anaheim peppers are long, slender chile peppers with a sweet, mild heat. Look for Mexican tortilla soup broth on the soup aisle.
Recipe: Tomato-and-Red-Pepper Soup
Red pepper adds a tangy zest to this classic crowd-pleaser.
Beef Burgundy Stew
Recipe: Beef Burgundy Stew
The Vice President for the Southern division of Sears, Roebuck, and Co. sent us this recipe after a trip to France.
Loaded Potato Soup
Recipe: Loaded Potato Soup
Make this reviewer favorite the star attraction of your next soup night.
Saffron Veal Stew
Recipe: Saffron Veal Stew
This recipe from Julia Reed is perfect for springtime outdoor entertaining. Adding a bit more saffron results in a deeper color and a slightly more exotic flavor, which is sure to please all of your guests. Julia’s spring stew pairs well with a lavender-and-mint champagne cocktail.
White Bean and Chorizo Soup
Recipe: White Bean and Chroizo Soup
Spice up your night by layering beans, sausage, potatoes, and seasonal veggies into one pot for a fix-and-forget soup. Serve with crusty bread to help soak up the spicy broth. Here’s a tip, straight from our Test Kitchen: Choose Mexican chorizo, which cooks like ground beef when casings are removed.
Peppered Beef Soup
White Bean, Sausage, and Turnip Green 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.
Shrimp-and-New Potato Chowder
Recipe: Shrimp-and-New Potato Chowder
Add shrimp a few minutes before serving so they don't overcook.
Buttermilk-Lady Pea Soup with Bacon
Even served warm, buttermilk has a cooling effect on the palate, just right for summer meals.
Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime
Recipe: Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime
Store-bought rotisserie chicken shortcuts the cook time, while white ale adds spice, body, and flavor.
Summer Corn-and-Golden Potato Chowder
This earthy, aromatic chowder is light enough for summer.
Green Tomato Soup with Lump Crabmeat
Make this vibrant, peppery soup and easy crab salad up to a day ahead, and then stash them in the fridge to chill.
Recipe: Sausage-and-Bean Stew
You're three steps away from a kid-friendly, company-worthy meal.
Recipe: Mexican Stew
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: Lemongrass-Turkey Soup
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: Beef-and-Orzo 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.
Sausage-and-Sweet Potato Soup
Recipe: Sausage-and-Sweet Potato 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.
Italian-Style Turkey Meatball 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.
Butternut Squash Tortilla Soup
Recipe: Butternut Squash Tortilla Soup
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.
Smoky Red Pepper Soup
Recipe: 30-Minute Chili
Do you want delicious chili but you don't want to wait all day? Our 30-Minute Chili recipe will have you enjoying one of our quick-fix suppers in no time. This simple-to-make chili recipe only has six ingredients, but you'll marvel at its slow-cooked flavor. Simmering the ground beef is probably the hardest part; once you've finished that, you just pour everything else in, and stir. If you prefer an Italian-style take on 30-Minute Chili, spice this up and use 1 pound of ground sausage and 1 pound of ground beef. Whether you prefer a traditional chili or you would like to enjoy some Italian-infused flavors, this easy-to-make chili will always be ready when you are.
Cooking Video: Quick-Fix Chili
Recipe: Lemon-Chicken Soup
Flavored with minced garlic, lemon zest, and bay leaves, this soup is comfort in a bowl. Keep it on hand all season long.
White Bean Soup with Gremolata
Recipe: White Bean Soup with Gremolata
Gremolata, a fragrant topping containing garlic, lemon rind, and fresh parsley, adds fresh flavor to this hearty white bean soup.
Beef Vegetable Soup
Recipe: Beef Vegetable Soup
This beef vegetable soup is the ultimate comfort food to help keep you warm on a chilly winter night.
Dressed-up Tomato Soup
Recipe: Dressed-up Tomato 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.
Southern Tortellini Minestrone
Recipe: Southern Tortellini Minestrone
Use your favorite frozen greens in this soup, or substitute a bag of thoroughly washed fresh spinach.