Warming Soups and Stews

Nothing chases away the chill like a cozy bowl of soup or stew. From meaty chili and hearty beef stew to creamy corn soup and New England clam chowder — you'll find all the recipes you need to stay nice and warm.

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Parmesan Chicken Noodle Soup

Stir grated Parmesan into classic chicken noodle soup for a creamy finish.

Get the Recipe: Parmesan Chicken Noodle Soup

The Best Lentil Soup

Brown lentils are the star of this dish. To boost flavor, we used a classic mirepoix—onion, celery and carrot – as well as thyme, bay and oregano for an herby finish. We found the fresh lemon juice and parsley at the end brightened up the soup and added a nice pop of color.

Get the Recipe: The Best Lentil Soup

Grated Pasta Chicken Soup

Cozy up to a bowl of this easy chicken soup filled with fresh homemade egg noodles. The key is to make a quick 5-ingredient pasta dough and then simply grate it directly into store-bought chicken broth using a box grater. Rounded out with some veg and shredded rotisserie chicken, it’s a perfect freezer-friendly make-ahead weeknight dinner.

Get the Recipe: Grated Pasta Chicken Soup

Classic Potato Leek Soup

This classic creamy soup is easy to make and has a hint of fresh lemon juice for some brightness.

Get the Recipe: Classic Potato Leek Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup

This creamy cauliflower soup flavored with curry powder and fresh ginger is topped with crunchy, salty cashews.

Get the Recipe: Curried Cauliflower Soup

Ham and Collard Soup

Ree knows that nothing perks up the flavor of hardy greens like a healthy dose of savory ham — and just a touch of spicy jalapeno and garlic.

Get the Recipe: Ham and Collard Soup

Onion Soup

Toasted bread and gooey Gruyere are the perfect tried-and-true toppings for this satisfying bowl of caramelized onions in a flavorful broth.

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Mini Meatball Soup

It's hard not to love the classic combination of pasta and meatballs — especially when they're floating in a flavorful chicken broth!

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Corn and Fennel Soup

Give this silky pureed soup a touch of elegance by topping it with corn kernels and fresh fennel fronds.

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Butternut Squash Soup

"I love how making soup really warms you up. If you use precut squash, this one is even easier," says Katie.

Get the Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

Taco Soup

No tortillas required: this beef-and-bean packed soup has all the flavors of a taco, all in one pot. It's a great quick weeknight dinner for the whole family. If you really miss that taco shell crunch, sprinkle your bowl with some crushed tortilla chips.

Get the Recipe: Taco Soup

Lentil Soup

Giada gives lentil soup an Italian twist by adding elbow macaroni and grated Parmesan. Yum!

Get the Recipe: Lentil Soup

Creamy Two-Mushroom Soup

Dried and fresh mushrooms unite in this soup enriched with leek, thyme, sherry and a bit of cream.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Two-Mushroom Soup

Chicken Soup 3 Ways

For those of us who are planners, this classic and comforting chicken soup can be made and frozen into three separate batches. And for those that need a little extra nourishment, choose from our three combos — all add an extra punch of protein, iron and zinc, which are essential for recovery.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Soup 3 Ways

Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

Ree says that adding beer to this hearty stew provides great flavor, and paprika gives it a rich color and some spice. Serve with cheddar cheese grits to round out a satisfying meal.

Get the Recipe: Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

Jack's Brunswick Stew

Trisha likes to use hen in her Brunswick stew. It's a fattier bird, which produces a rich broth, but it can be hard to find in grocery stores. Not to worry — standard chicken is just as good, she says.

Get the Recipe: Jack's Brunswick Stew

Escarole and Potato Soup

Go green with this gorgeous soup made with escarole, rosemary and potato.

Get the Recipe: Escarole and Potato Soup

Black Bean Soup

We love Ree's easy take on classic black bean soup — make it in the multi-cooker! What could be easier than that?

Get the Recipe: Black Bean Soup

Spanish Turkey Meatball Stew

Smoked paprika gives the sauce for this stew an exotic edge and deep, woodsy flavor, which partners perfectly with herb-flecked turkey meatballs.

Get the Recipe: Spanish Turkey Meatball Stew

Broccoli and Poblano Soup

This creamy soup if just a tad spicy thanks to the Poblano pepper and cayenne. It?s served with a dollop of sour cream and some fresh cilantro.

Get the Recipe: Broccoli and Poblano Soup

New England Clam Chowder

When cooking with clams, "always check for broken or cracked shells," Anne says, and if you find any, ditch 'em. Steam the clams to open them and reserve the natural clam juices and seawater to flavor your chowder.

Get the Recipe: New England Clam Chowder

Chicken and Noodles

"Not to be confused with chicken noodle soup," Ree says, "this recipe is more of a thick chicken stew." To thicken the sauce, Ree adds a mixture of flour and water that she calls a "cowboy's roux" — fitting for a hearty meal on the ranch.

Get the Recipe: Chicken and Noodles

Leftover Baked Potato Soup

Don't let leftover baked potatoes from last night's dinner go to waste. Alton halves the potatoes, then scoops out the starchy filling and feeds it through a ricer. The potatoes' mild flavor blends perfectly with the buttermilk, sour cream and grated Parmesan.

Get the Recipe: Leftover Baked Potato Soup

Quick and Spicy Tomato Soup

Giada's trick to this quick and easy recipe is to either buy your favorite store-bought marinara sauce, or make your own and use the leftovers for the soup broth.

Get the Recipe: Quick and Spicy Tomato Soup

Spicy Beef Chili

This recipe from Food Network Kitchens is light on the liquid ingredients, making every bowlful extra meaty. Perfect for parties and get-togethers, you can make this chili up to two days in advance.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Beef Chili

Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls

Ina starts by making a homemade chicken stock, which she later uses to cook the matzo balls in. Leave the skins on the onion and garlic — it gives the soup its golden hue, and "it all gets strained later," Ina says.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Soup

Tyler's Texas Chili

Tyler Florence's Texas Chili is loaded with aromatic flavor, which he achieves by combining browned beef with garlic, chipotles, jalapenos, tomatoes, sugar, a cinnamon stick and Mexican chocolate. Spoon yourself a hearty bowlful topped with queso fresco, cilantro and lime.

Get the Recipe: Tyler's Texas Chili

The Best Tomato Soup

Vibrantly colored, tangy and rich, our comforting tomato soup is the perfect partner for a grilled cheese sandwich – but is just as delicious on its own. Blending the soup with butter is our trick for making it creamy.

Get the Recipe: The Best Tomato Soup

Knoephla Soup

Molly's homemade dumpling soup is chunky and satisfying — perfect when you need a hearty, homestyle meal.

Get the Recipe: Knoephla Soup

Spaghetti and Meatball "Stoup"

If you're having trouble deciding what kind of meat you’re in the mood for, try Rachael's Spaghetti and Meatball "Stoup." The recipe calls for a meatloaf mix made from ground beef, pork and veal, available at most butcher counters.

Get the Recipe: Spaghetti and Meatball "Stoup" (thicker than soup, thinner than stew)

Spicy Corn Chowder

Between the tender corn kernels, the crisp pieces of bacon and chunks of red potato, the Neelys' corn chowder is loaded with great texture and flavor. And for those who love a healthy dose of heat, this may just be the perfect cold-weather dish.

Get the Recipe: Gina's Spicy Corn Chowder

Creamy Cauliflower Poblano Soup

Making soup is a snap when you start with pre-cooked vegetables. This flavorful lunch or dinner option takes less than a half hour, thanks to a few cups of steamed cauliflower (see our Meal Prep Steamed Vegetables recipe). An immersion blender eliminates the need to puree in batches, getting your meal on the table even faster.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Poblano Soup

Manhattan Clam Chowder

This chowder recipe from Food Network Kitchen gives the New England variety a run for its money. Since Manhattan Clam Chowder doesn't require milk or cream, it's much lighter, getting its robust flavor from minced clams, garlic and roughly chopped tomatoes.

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French Onion Soup

A fan-favorite soup that will warm you right up on a chilly night. The key to a good French onion soup is to make sure the onions are completely soft and caramelized. It's tempting to rush the process but, if you cook them slowly, until they're a deep brown color, you'll see what we mean.

Get the Recipe: French Onion Soup

White Chicken Chili

A great alternative to tomato-based soups and stews, The Neelys' White Chicken Chili emphasizes Latin flavors using jalapenos, poblanos and chili powder. Top off your bowl with a dollop of sour cream, crushed tortilla chips and a lime wedge for a cool, bright finish.

Get the Recipe: White Chicken Chili

Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

If you love the taste of stuffed bell peppers but not all the prep, you'll love this easy take!

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Italian Chicken Soup with Parmesan Gnocchi

Alex’s recipe makes it easy to make gnocchi from scratch. You'll know they're finished cooking when they float to the top of the soup.

Get the Recipe: Italian Chicken Soup with "Toasted" Parmesan Gnocchi

Chicken and Dumpling Soup

For the dumplings in his comforting soup, Michael Symon recommends using an ice-cream scoop to form the dough. Drop them in the hot broth and cover until the dumplings become plump and float to the surface.

Get the Recipe: Chicken-and-Dumpling Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Why use one type of cheese when you can use three? Ree opts for mild cheddar, sharp cheddar and Jack in her thick and creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup. You can splash in some chicken broth for thinning, if necessary.

Get the Recipe: Broccoli Cheese Soup

Ina's Easy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Grilled cheese and tomato soup is a classic combination that kids love. Ina's easy soup recipe features a thick, oniony base and perfectly golden grilled cheese croutons for a sophisticated spin that adults will appreciate.

Get the Recipe: Easy Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons

Italian Chicken Soup

A hearty chicken noodle soup that your whole family will love. Serve with lots of shaved Parmesan for a pretty (and super delicious) bowl.

Get the Recipe: Italian Chicken Soup

Mac 'n' Cheese Soup

Two comfort food favorites collide in this recipe from Food Network Magazine. Start by preparing the broth, then add the milk, shredded cheddar, grated Parmesan and macaroni, stirring until the cheeses have melted.

Get the Recipe: Mac and Cheese Soup

Sunny's Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Sunny recommends twining up the thyme, parsley and sage before submerging them in the chicken broth. It makes it easier to remove the herbs once the broth has taken on their earthy flavors.

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken Stew

Giada's stew is quick and easy to prepare since it doesn't require cooking a whole chicken. Using only chicken breasts cuts down on time and prep work.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Stew

Prosciutto and Egg Soup

Just a small amount of prosciutto lends a deep, meaty presence to this Italian-inspired soup, which gains incredible richness once the egg yolk is broken.

Get the Recipe: Prosciutto and Egg Soup

Grandma's Kitchen Sink Soup

This is an economical and tasty way to serve leftovers and use up any ingredients that may be lingering in the fridge. Grandma's basic template for soup is infinitely customizable for pot after pot of something new and delicious. Be sure to save easy flavor boosters that often get thrown away, such as Parmesan rinds, leftover bones from roasted meats and dried sausage ends.

Get the Recipe: Grandma's Kitchen Sink Soup

Perfect Potato Soup

Ree's potato soup, topped with grated Cheddar and crispy bacon, is easy to make and freezes well for quick meals throughout the week.

Get the Recipe: Perfect Potato Soup

Mexican Chorizo & Turkey Chili

If you're looking for alternatives to chicken or beef chili, try Rachael's recipe. It calls for turkey as well as Mexican chorizo — a savory, piquant sausage made of ground pork and chile peppers.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Chorizo and Turkey Chili

French Onion Soup

Melissa d'Arabian's homemade version of this bistro classic gains rich flavor from long-cooked caramelized onions and grated Swiss cheese.

Get the Recipe: French Onion Soup

Beef Bourguignon

Anne Burrell's spin on the classic French beef stew is chock-full of bacon, mushrooms and red bliss potatoes, making it an extra-hearty choice for a chilly winter night.

Get the Recipe: Beef Bourguignon

Low-Carb Broccoli Cheddar Soup

We left out the cream but made sure to add plenty of cheese in this low-carb version of the classic.

Get the Recipe: Low-Carb Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Pepperoni Pizza Soup

No need to call for delivery; you can sip your favorite slice by the spoonful with this marinara-based bowl that's topped with thinly sliced pepperoni and bubbling cheese toast.

Get the Recipe: Pepperoni Pizza Soup

Potato Leek Soup

Robert Irvine's versatile soup can be served warm or chilled and dresses up everyday russet potatoes with leeks, thyme and heavy cream.

Get the Recipe: Potato Leek Soup

Ramen Shrimp Pouch

Alton reinvents the classic college comfort food by cooking packaged ramen noodles in a homemade soy and sesame broth, then topping them with plump shrimp.

Get the Recipe: Ramen Shrimp Pouch

Mexican Chicken Soup

Punch up comforting, homemade chicken soup with some south-of-the-border flavor by adding jalapeno, cumin, fresh cilantro and flour tortilla strips to a rich tomato base.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Chicken Soup

Pesto Bean Soup

Add a new soup to your go-to list. Cannellini beans, pesto and olives make this dish an Italian treat.

Get the Recipe: Pesto Bean Soup

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

The ginger in this dish is sure to warm you up on a cold night.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

Roasted Vegetable Soup

Want to eat your veggies but not in the mood for salad? Ree creates the perfect alternative with her smooth and flavorful roasted vegetable soup.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Soup

Salmon-Vegetable Chowder

White mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and bacon add texture to tender carrots and salmon.

Get the Recipe: Salmon-Vegetable Chowder

Potato-Leek Bisque

Whip up this creamy bisque in less than 35 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Potato-Leek Bisque

Cheddar Corn Chowder

Loaded with tender potatoes, juicy corn and a half-pound of sharp white cheddar, Ina's creamy, bacon-topped chowder is a comforting soup that can be fixed with fresh or frozen corn.

Get the Recipe: Cheddar Corn Chowder

Chicken Stew with Biscuits

Baking buttery, flaky biscuits directly on top of Ina's creamy, vegetable-packed chicken stew makes for an all-in-one dish that delivers big on comfort.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Stew with Biscuits

Beanless Beef Chili

Sandra uses chili seasoning, red pepper flakes and cinnamon to pack a punch of flavor in this meaty chili. Top it off with her spiced sour cream.

Get the Recipe: Beanless Beef Chili

French Onion Soup

Tyler demystifies classic French Onion Soup with his easy recipe that calls for rich beef broth fortified with sweet caramelized onions. For a classic bistro presentation, spoon the soup into ramekins, then crown each one with a slice of toasted baguette and some freshly grated Gruyere cheese.

Get the Recipe: French Onion Soup

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Cozy up to this ultimate comfort food — in soup form. This is one pot pie where you can eat spoonful after spoonful.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Potpie Soup

Chunky Beef Chili

Bring on the beef! Ree uses both cubed chuck roast and ground meat, making for a seriously satisfying chili.

Get the Recipe: Chunky Beef Chili

"16 Bean" Pasta e Fagioli

Ina makes this hearty Italian pasta and bean soup with 16 different types of beans. If you can’t find the “O”-shaped pasta you can substitute with macaroni.

Get the Recipe: "16 Bean" Pasta e Fagioli

Chicken Nugget Soup

Childhood's favorite nuggets are all grown up in this silky soup, which gains satisfying body and texture from pureed cauliflower in the broth.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Nugget Soup

Sausage and Veggie Stew

You'll definitely want to serve this stew with bread to soak up every bit of the kielbasa's smoky flavor.

Get the Recipe: Sausage-and-Vegetable Stew

Curried Lentil-Vegetable Soup

This lentil-curry soup packs all sorts of flavor and texture. Top off each delicious bowl with toasted naan croutons for an extra crunch!

Get the Recipe: Curried Lentil-Vegetable Soup

Thai Dumpling Soup

Tired of chicken noodle soup? Try this fish sauce-based broth that goes perfectly with a couple of dumplings. Make an extra batch and freeze for later.

Get the Recipe: Coconut Curry Dumpling Soup

Cheesy Tomato Soup

You’ll never have tomato soup out of a can again after you try Ree’s cheesy homemade version.

Get the Recipe: Cheesy Tomato Soup

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

Upgrade your broccoli cheddar soup to this creamy and cheesy cauliflower version. Use Monterey jack and bits of bacon to enhance the flavor even more.

Get the Recipe: Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

Chicken Rice Soup

Ree takes simple ingredients like rice and chicken and transforms them into a tasty soup filled with tons of veggies and savory seasoning.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Rice Soup

Easy White Chicken Chili

Quick-cooking ground chicken, canned beans and dried spices help this savory chili come together in a flash. The only prep work needed is some chopping.

Get the Recipe: White Chicken Chili

Minestrone with Kale and Turkey Sausage

Add kale to your soups and stews. Just 1 cup provides all the vitamins A, K and C you need in a day!

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Egusi Stew

Popular in West African countries, egusi stew is made with egusi, or melon seeds, which have been ground and cooked in a tomato and/or bell pepper stew, depending on the country or tribe. I grew up knowing this dish as a "stew," but it can also be referred to as a "soup." Often the stew is finished with a type of leafy green vegetable. In Nigeria, uziza and spinach are used. Though I enjoy egusi stew with spinach, as my mother-in-law makes it, I have come to love it with collard greens even more. Egusi can be paired with pounded yam, fufu, eba (gari balls) or steamed white rice.

Get the Recipe: Egusi Stew

Peanut Soup

Peanut soup, also known as groundnut soup, is eaten throughout certain West African countries. Though made differently depending on the region or tribe, the common ingredient is peanuts. The process of cooking peanut soup in Ghana is slightly different from the way my mom taught my sisters and me here in the United States. In Ghana, the peanuts are first roasted and then ground with some water. This peanut butter liquid is continually stirred and cooked until it starts to thicken a bit, then it's stirred into another pot with homemade broth using a variety of meats and dried fish simmering on a coal pot. My mom’s process of making this soup is the shortcut version. She blends natural peanut butter from the grocery store with peppers and garlic. My version is also a shortcut, but my broth is made with smoked turkey wings because I love the flavor it adds to the soup.

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1-Hour Beef Pho

This extreme cheater’s version of beef pho takes several shortcuts to keep the prep and cook time to only 1 hour (instead of up to 12). We start with store-bought beef broth rather than making it from scratch—but to make the soup even richer, you can substitute bone broth. Instead of roasting then simmering onions and ginger in large pieces for hours, they’re simply sliced and given a quick high-heat saute to coax out as much flavor as possible in the shortened cooking time. In place of dried rice stick noodles, we opted for fresh ones that cook in mere seconds and come out perfectly toothsome every time.

Get the Recipe: 1-Hour Beef Pho

Pasta e Ceci

This simple, hearty dish is pure Italian comfort food. Made with double carbs (chickpeas -- the “ceci” -- and ditalini!), it’s somewhere between a soup and a pasta, bringing the best qualities of both to one bowl. While it’s optional, the Parmesan rind adds a depth of flavor here as well as to other soups and stews, especially vegetarian ones. Whenever you finish a wedge of Parmesan, just wrap the leftover rind well in plastic and keep it in the fridge. The lemon zest and juice add a bright note to the broth that’s thickened by mashing some of the chickpeas. If you don’t have a potato masher, you can mash the chickpeas against the sides of the pot with a wooden spoon.

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