Our Best Soups and Stews

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
These fuss-free soup recipes are filled with good-for-you veggies, fresh fish, hearty beef, and more. Nothing beats the winter chill like a steaming bowl of soup or beef stew. And don't stress if you're short on time—we have plenty of quick soup recipes that will help you get dinner on the table fast.

Beefy French Onion Noodle Soup

Make French onion soup a meal by adding slices of sirloin steak, plenty of meaty mushrooms, and a handful of egg noodles. For a traditional touch, this caramelized onion soup is still topped with a cheesy toast.

Tuscan Tortellini Soup

Simmer the broth and veggies low and slow, then add the tortellini, kale, and a splash of cream before serving. This Italian-inspired soup tastes way more complicated than it is to prepare. The best news: You can enjoy a big bowl of this hearty soup for less than 300 calories.

Cabbage Roll Soup

Inspired by Hungarian cabbage rolls, this beef, rice, and vegetable soup is a meal in a bowl. Set your slow cooker to low in the morning, add the ingredients, and look forward to coming home to a cozy meal come suppertime.

Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo balls are like the ultimate soup dumplings, and our recipe takes them to the next level with sweet caramelized onions. A bit of club soda makes the texture light—a nice contrast to the savory, rib-sticking shredded chicken pieces.

Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

Wondering what to do with the season's fresh butternut squash? Peel and dice it, then add it to this pureed squash-and-carrot soup. If you like, add toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) to this quick soup recipe as a crunchy finish.

Short Rib Beef Stew

Fall-apart tender short ribs, cheesy polenta slices, and pounds of hearty root vegetables make this slow cooker stew one of our coziest comfort food recipes ever. Leftovers taste even better the next day—just store the polenta slices separately from the stew.

Seafood Stew

Think of this shrimp, scallop, and mussel stew like a Mexican spin on Italian cioppino. Poblano peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes, a jalapeno, and cilantro are the all-star ingredients (well, besides the seafood, of course).

Spring Lamb and Fava Bean Soup

Low in fat yet full of flavor, this Mediterranean soup stands out from the slow cooker competition with unique ingredient additions like lamb, fava beans, barley, and piles of fresh herbs. We offer instructions for making your own beef broth, but store-bought would also work well here.

Tuscan Bean Soup

Not all quick soup recipes are as satisfying as this bowl. Baby carrots, onions, beans, and baby spinach add heartiness to a soup that takes just 20 minutes to make.

Chicken and Tortilla Soup

The crisp bite of tortillas atop spicy chicken soup has made this one of our favorite soup recipes. Mexican-dish lovers will appreciate the oregano and chili powder spices.

Fast Pho

You’ll be blown away by how complex this Vietnamese soup tastes after just 30 minutes of total prep and cook time. The keys? Starting with cooked chicken, pork, or shrimp and loading the broth with flavor-boosters like ginger, star anise, and fresh herbs.

Broccoli-Potato Soup

With just six ingredients and 30 minutes you can be enjoying this comforting and easy soup recipe. Smoked Gouda cheese and red-skinned potatoes make it a broccoli recipe even the kids will eat.

Cream of Carrot Soup

This creamy carrot and potato soup gets a "triple yum rating" from a BH&G fan who whipped it up at home. A topping of fried sage leaves, crispy bacon pieces, and blue cheese are probably the triggers for those three "yums," although the rich texture and the speedy 40-minute cook time surely don't hurt.

Mediterranean Kale and Cannellini Stew with Farro

Calling all vegetarians! This whole grain veggie soup eats like a meal even without any meat. A can of beans and a cup of farro crank up the satisfaction factor.

Turkey Peanut Stew

Put leftover turkey (or chicken, if you have it) to delicious use in this African-inspired soup. Peanuts, tomatoes, and ginger might sound like odd bowl companions, but you'll need just one bite to be convinced that they play very nicely together.

Sausage and White Bean Stew with Kale

This sausage-bean stew is a meal-prepper’s dream. It tastes incredible after just 45 minutes of cooking time, but gets even better reheated after spending up to two days in the refrigerator. Mix up a big batch on Sunday to enjoy for dinner early in the week.

Chunky Vegetable-Lentil Soup

This light and satisfying soup offers hearty winter vegetables, such as mushrooms, carrots, celery, and napa cabbage. And unlike some broth-based dishes, this healthy soup recipe is low in sodium.

Butternut Squash Soup with Ravioli

This quick soup recipe is almost too gorgeous to eat! This pretty soup is fast and easy to make—it requires only six ingredients and is ready and on the table in 30 minutes. 

Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup

This easy soup recipe gets its light green color from pureed asparagus. Top this velvety soup with sautéed asparagus and crisp, honey-drizzled bacon for a warming weeknight supper.

Pork and Black Bean Soup

Who needs a spoon when you can scoop up soup with tortilla chips instead? That's our preferred way to eat this pork and bean slow cooker soup that's transported south of the border via salsa, cumin, and cilantro.

Broccoli-Cheese Soup

When it comes to broccoli soup recipes, broccoli cheese soup is always the winner! The simple combination of broccoli and smooth, melty American cheese creates an irresistible and easy soup recipe. 

Curry Pumpkin Soup

Using canned pumpkin makes this soup quick to prepare. Pumpkin pie spice and a hint of curry give the dish bright seasonal flavor. Plus, you can make this healthy soup recipe even more delicious with an orange-cranberry topper.

Beet and Apple Soup with Horseradish Cream

The soup's bright pink color comes from simmering winter beets in chicken broth. Add extra flavor with sherry and apple. Top this brilliantly beautiful soup recipe with zesty horseradish cream.

Spicy Chicken-Corn Chowder

This yummy soup recipe might take an hour to prepare, but it's well worth the wait. Bacon, chicken, potatoes, peppers, and onion combine in this creamy chowder.

Pepper Corn Chowder

This easy soup recipe develops big flavors in just 40 minutes. Frozen corn is pureed with chicken broth and sautéed onions and leeks to create a silky soup without any cream. Red sweet pepper and extra corn add a crunchy bite to the smooth chowder.

Green Chile Pork Stew

Stew recipes make every cold night better. This hearty bowl, featuring pork tenderloin, yellow carrots, spinach, and white beans, makes a warming dinner for a chilly winter night.

Pumpkin, Barley, and Sage Soup

Pumpkin soup recipes make some of our favorite autumn dinners. For a quick, flavorful dinner, simmer andouille sausage in a broth flavored with pumpkin, maple syrup, and apple cider.

Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

Nutmeg, sage, and apple-cranberry juice flavor this hearty, good-for-you stew recipe. Serve it on a chilly night or when unexpected guests drop in.

Chicken-Butternut Squash Soup

Golden butternut squash roasted with onions and curry powder transports your taste buds to the wild side of chili and gives an upgrade to ordinary chicken soup recipes. Chickpeas, dried apricots, and nutmeg-spiced walnuts add crunch. Just before serving, stir in chunks of tender rotisserie chicken.

Sweet Potato and Hominy Stew

Inspired by the traditional Mexican soup posole, this zesty stew is easy enough to make during the week. Refrigerated shredded barbecue pork cuts down on prep time—this easy stew recipe is ready in less than an hour!

Smoky Tomato-Salmon Chowder

Fiery red roasted tomatoes and peppers bring smoky sweetness and a bit of heat to a Manhattan-style chowder base. Bake salmon fillets separately and add to this soup recipe at serving time so that they're cooked just right.

Butternut Squash Soup with Thai Gremolata

Slow cooker soup recipes are our favorites for chilly days. A Thai-inspired topping of fresh basil, peanuts, and lime peel adds crunch to this creamy soup.

Skillet Beef Stew

If comfort food is what you're craving, you can't go wrong with beef stew. Chase the chill away with this down-home favorite—beef and vegetables served over simple-to-make mashed potatoes.

Buffalo Chicken Soup

Looking for a soup with a little bite? Try this delicious soup recipe—it's rich and creamy, with all the flavors of spicy buffalo chicken wings.

Broccoli-Potato Soup with Greens

Gouda cheese gives this delicious dish smoky flavor. Broccoli and winter greens (such as curly endive, chicory, escarole, or spinach) turn it into a healthy soup recipe.

Barley-Beef Soup

Chunks of beef stew meat and colorful vegetables ensure a hearty dinner is served. Make this soup in a Dutch oven or let it cook in a slow cooker for 8 to 10 hours on a low-heat setting.

Sage Chicken Dumpling Soup

Turned into a thick chicken soup recipe with olives and mushrooms, this favorite is a bit more modern than Grandma's dumpling recipe. Savory stove-top biscuits keep it classic.

Good Greens Soup

You won't feel a bit of guilt when eating this healthy soup recipe. A vitamin-rich blend of kale, spinach, leeks, and zucchini is endlessly satisfying. This soup comes to only 90 calories per serving.

Classic Oyster Stew

The ideal oyster stew has a slightly thick broth and complex flavors from plump, tender oysters and simple seasonings. Even better, this easy stew recipe is done in just 25 minutes.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Winter soups and stews are all about toasty warm bowls and celebrating in-season squash, and this recipe is no different. Curry powder, ginger, and fresh cilantro make this creamy squash soup delicious and flavorful.

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