Cold weather means comforting soups and stews are on repeat on our dinner tables. Here are eight of our favorites to warm your body and nourish your soul.
From record snowfalls (I’m talking to you, Buffalo) to record rainfall (raise your hand, California) to -9°F temps coupled with power outages (that would be us in Connecticut), few of us have been spared.
If we’ve ever needed comforting soups and stews, it’s this winter.
But the last thing any of us wants is complicated, over-the-top recipes. Simple and hearty is the way to go.
Yet I’ve not exactly been a big soup fan, but this month I’ve sat at our table many a time, soupspoon at the ready. It just felt…right. Ya know?
These recipes will keep you in good stead for weeks (and storms) to come. Of course, if you’d like to zhuzh things up a bit, you can bake off a loaf of herby sourdough bread or pastrami-and-cheese stuffed babka.
A simple apple, celery, and walnut salad is a great sidekick to any of these soups.
And, well, if gilding the lily is your thing, these buttery sablé cookies or these indulgent double chocolate pots de crème are just the ticket.
Whatever you do, please stay warm, dry, and full.
Old-Fashioned Minestrone Soup
This beef stew recipe is simply extraordinary. Quite literally. I must confess I’ve made it twice during this cold, rainy week in coastal Maryland.
I’ve greatly enjoyed adding my own vegetables when serving – my favorite by far was curried roasted carrots and black-pepper mashed potatoes, both on this site as well.–Kristen K.
This white bean stew recipe brought back great memories and flavors of a shared meal prepared by an Italian mama after a tour of a small olive-oil processor in southern Italy. I didn’t add the sausage to keep it a meatless meal.
It was delicious with cornbread and a glass of Chianti. (It’d be wonderful with ciabatta and a nice olive oil, too.)–Deb L.
I had thought that I would never get a good homemade tomato soup again because I can’t get a decent tomato up here in snow country and can’t grow one either!
But I was wrong. This soup with the San Marzano canned tomatoes was excellent! We loved it!–Anne S.
Delicious soup. I didn’t use blue cheese, I used old Cheddar cheese, as my friends don’t like blue cheese. I had extra frozen carrot water that I added. We love soups this time of year.–Patricia C.
Does soup freeze well?
Yes, soup generally freezes very well. After preparing your soup, cool it to room temperature, then divvy it between plastic containers or resealable bags. Freeze it for up to 3 months, then thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
How long do soups and stews last in the fridge?
We recommend storing leftover soups and stews in sealed containers in the fridge and eating them within 5 days.
What’s the most popular type of soup?
In North America, chicken noodle soup is the most popular type of soup. Many regions have similar soups as well, like Mexican Chicken Soup, Brodo di Pollo, North African Chicken Soup, and Thai-Inspired Chicken Coconut Soup, all of which we give a thumbs up.
Soups and stews are universally beloved comfort food, perfect for cold weather or when you feel under the weather. Although chicken soups are the most popular soup recipes we’ve tested, we’ve got plenty more to choose from. Check out our entire collection of soup recipes, and let us know your favorite in the comments below.
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