Winter Soups and Stews

Serve up the ultimate comfort food with these great soups, stews, chilis, and chowders. Browse through dozens of recipes for soups and stews that can warm up any winter meal.

Polenta Beef Stew

Better Homes and Gardens

Italian seasoning flavors the meat in this beef and vegetable stew recipe served with light and creamy polenta.

Old-Time Beef Stew

Better Homes and Gardens

Long and slow cooking on the stovetop makes this stew rich in color and flavor, and with ultra tender meat.

Creamy and Comforting Corn Chowder

Better Homes and Gardens

Consider this rich and creamy corn chowder for toting to tailgate parties -- it's a real warmer-upper! Cut leek lengthwise and rinse well before chopping, because leeks tend to harbor field dirt and sand between their many layers.

Pork and Squash Stew

Better Homes and Gardens

Smoked Sausage and Lentil Soup

Better Homes and Gardens

Lentils and sausages are a classic New Year's Day main dish in some regions of Italy. Any time of year, it's a popular combination that tastes great and comes together easily.

Cheeseburger Soup

Family Circle

All the flavors of a cheeseburger and fries are packed into a satisfying one-dish meal.

How to Cook Couscous

Since couscous is an ingredient better known in international cuisine than American, some people think of it as "exotic" and shy away from learning how to cook couscous. But this granular pasta with North African roots could hardly be more basic. And it's a cinch to prepare: The fast-cooking variety needs only as long as it takes to soak up boiled water or hot broth -- just a few moments, and it's done.

Hominy and Chorizo Chili

Better Homes and Gardens

Packed with chili peppers and warm spices, Mexican chorizo is the perfect substitute for beef in this unique chili. Thicker than you'd like? Simply add more chicken broth as needed to reach desired consistency.

Clam Chowder with Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

Better Homes and Gardens

Truly a meal in a bowl, this substantial clam chowder is made extra luscious with the addition of whipping cream. Parmesano Reggiano cheese, the pride of Parma, Italy, is so flavorful that even the smallest amount packs this chowder with punch.

Total: 45 mins

Perfect Pumpkin Soup

Better Homes and Gardens

Savory golden-orange soup with a hint of ginger serves as a delicious first course at Thanksgiving dinner.

Total: 45 mins

Potato-Leek Soup

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Family-Style Chili and Corn Bread Dumplings

Better Homes and Gardens

Hearty and flavorful, this chili will warm you on even the most blustery of winter evenings. What really sets this dish apart, however, is the brilliant addition of cheesy cornbread dumplings. When buying sweet peppers for the chili, choose those that are firm, heavy for their size, and have shiny, vibrantly-colored skin.

Beef And Sausage Stew

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Two-Tomato Stew Chili

Better Homes and Gardens

Bright and tangy sun-dried tomatoes, sweet peppers and juicy golden raisins elevate this chili to new heights. Don't feel pressured to use expensive cuts of beef in every meal. Stews and chilis offer the perfect opportunity to use cheaper cuts, as the cooking process easily breaks up connective tissue. Look for well-marbled cuts for the richest flavor.

Seafood Stew with Toasted Baguette Slices

Diabetic Living

Jalapeno peppers and fresh garlic give this low-calorie, high-protein seafood dish a spicy kick. Toast baguette slices for a hearty side perfect for dipping!

Kielbasa Stew

Better Homes and Gardens

Let the slow cooker blend the flavors of this easy sausage and vegetable stew.

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