Warm up to winter days with a soothing soup or a hearty stew — these recipes are perfect for a cozy meal at home.
|Hearty Beef Stew
This stew is pure comfort food, reminiscent of ones your grandmother used to make. Two things set our recipe apart from its rivals: browning the beef in bacon fat and adding lots of vegetables to the pot.
|Tagliatelle and Chickpea Soup with Pancetta
This soup, called pasta e ceci in Italian, is a favorite dish of Romans. In Italy it’s served as a first course, but with creamy chickpeas and strands of egg pasta, it’s hearty enough to be enjoyed as a main dish.
|Italian Shellfish Stew
Delicate shrimp, clams and mussels pick up the flavors of garlic, red pepper flakes and red wine in this tomato-based stew, which is perfect for a special dinner.
|Tortellini and Vegetable Soup
For a traditional Italian version of this hearty vegetable soup, garnish each serving with a spoonful of pesto — it adds herbaceous notes to the dish. Round out the meal with a loaf of crusty Italian or whole-grain bread.
|French Onion Soup
Meltingly tender onions, meaty stock, and rich, nutty melted cheese—these are the indispensable elements that make this boldly flavored soup a hallmark of French cuisine (and a favorite of American tables, too).
|Savory Barley Soup with Wild Mushrooms and Thyme
Thanks to a partial pureeing, this creamy soup supports meaty fall mushrooms and nutty grains. Add a Parmesan cheese rind to the broth as it simmers for a boost in flavor.
This rich, lemony chicken-and-rice soup is a signature dish of Greece. Here’s the secret: beaten eggs are stirred into the soup at the end of cooking to add richness and body.
|Smoky Black Bean Soup
Smoked paprika and cumin add memorable flavors to this hearty winter soup, and sausage lends both flavor and substance. Serve slices of seeded baguette on the side.
|Lamb and Dried Apricot Stew
This aromatic stew is even better the next day, once the spices have had time to really infuse the meat with flavor. Serve with a simple green salad dressed with a lemony vinaigrette.
|Short Rib Stew with Paprika Sour Cream
This savory stew is a great way to use leftover short ribs — it features the shredded meat and the braising liquid. Combined with sauteed vegetables and beans and topped with a paprika-spiked sour cream, it’s full of bold flavors.
|Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup
This hearty, creamy soup is made in a slow cooker, so it’s great for hands-off cooking. Top each bowl with a fennel-bacon salad for crunch.
|Pork and Tomatillo Stew
Pork loin works beautifully in this clean-tasting stew, which is chunky and hearty enough to satisfy die-hard chili fans. The ingredients are cut into bite-size pieces so that the distinctive flavors of the vegetables—tomatillos, tomatoes and carrots—really shine through.