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.

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Back to Basics: Make Your Own Chicken Stock

It's cheaper, healthier, tastier--and unbelievably easy!--to make and freeze your own chicken stock for soups and stews.

10 Delicious Ways to Have Sausage for Dinner

Try one of these delicious dinner recipes featuring sausage in everything from soups and stews to casseroles and sauces.

Simple Pork Posole

Food & Wine

Mexican posole is typically a thick, hearty soup made with hominy (chewy dried corn kernels with the hull and germ removed). For his version, Ethan Stowell slow-simmers chunks of pork butt in water with onion and garlic to create a dish that's appealingly brothy. He likes to make it with chicharrones (fried pork rinds) and pig's feet, hard-to-find ingredients that are omitted in the recipe here. The array of fun, potently flavorful condiments -- jalapeno, onion, cilantro, and lime wedges -- is key to the dish.

Total: 2 hrs 30 mins

Roasted Winter Vegetable Ragout in Pastry Cups

Swanson Broth & Stock

This meat-free dish is far from fact, it's great taste and elegant presentation make it easy to impress your friends and family.

Total: 1 hr

MyPlate Meals: 8 Healthy, Hearty Soups & Stews

There are foods that are good year 'round, like apples, and then there are foods that are truly seasonal. Sure, you can eat ice cream in mid-January, but who really wants to? Nope, winter is made for warmer fare, such as hearty soups and stews. When the temperature dips, nothing is more satisfying than a steaming bowl of soup or stew, a one-pot dinner that needs nothing more than a side of fresh bread to make a delicious meal. The right stew can warm both the body and the spirit, especially on cold winter nights. Finding that rightread more

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.

Warm and Toasty Smoked Sausage Stew


A filling yet light stew that melts in your mouth and is a snap to prepare. The homemade croutons add the finishing crunch!

Total: 9 hrs

8 Hearty Winter Soup Recipes: Best of the Blogs

Hearty winter soup might be what's getting us through right now. (Fortunately, we found a few recipes that use up all that leftover Thanksgiving turkey -- if there is any left, that is.) And why not? We're tired of cooking, cooking, cooking -- and soon, we'll be doing it again for all those Christmas parties that are just around the corner. In the meantime, these recipes, from some of our favorite blogs, reprise recipes that are hearty and nutritious, full of healthy vegetables, like super-nutritious kale, tender beans, and even favorite pasta shapes in the case of vegetable-laden Italianread more

Comforting Beef and Barley Soup: It Just Tastes Indulgent

With Christmas right around the corner, I think it's safe to say we're in the thick of the holiday season. From parties with buffets of seasonal cakes and cookies, to the urge to curl up with a hearty, comforting meal every night, the chilly winter season that's now upon us is full of temptation and opportunities to indulge. While I'm not sure how successful I'll be at turning down those adorable (and delicious!)

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

Family Circle

Winter Vegetable Chili

Food & Wine

This vegetable chili, thick with kidney beans and hominy (dried, hulled corn kernels), is deliciously smoky and spicy.

Total: 45 mins

"Healthified" French Onion Soup

Betty Crocker

Spoon up a piece de resistance in the alluring savory taste of French Onion Soup. It has 66% less fat, 38% fewer calories, and 84% less sat fat than the original recipe.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

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

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.

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