Some say casseroles are the ultimate comfort food, but we don’t agree. If you ask us, there’s nothing more comforting than digging into a bowl of soup or a plate of stew. The soups, stews, curries, and chilis in this collection are a mix of old classics and brand-new recipes, and they’re all the types of dishes that you’ll want to make on repeat when the weather turns cool. Before you start cooking, be sure to pull out your colorful enameled cast iron Dutch oven or a hand-me-down cowboy kettle—you’ll need a generously sized pot to make warm memories and delicious meals like these soups and stews.
Ranging from vibrant and vegan to rich and meaty, these dishes will ward off the chill of autumn and warm you up on even the most freezing days of winter; and no matter the weather, you’ll find that they always satisfy the soul. What’s more, many are economical, too, relying on more affordable cuts of meat that benefit from cooking low and slow and budget-friendly pulses and vegetables. The Kitchen Sink Chicken Stew that you see right here is adaptable, which means you can use up pretty much whatever produce you find in your crisper drawer or root cellar while you make it.
Beef stew is a stick-to-your-ribs favorite, and you’ll find our test kitchen’s ultimate version in this collection. There’s also a delicious beefy soup with pumpkin and shiitake mushrooms that’s less expected but perhaps even more craveable. Fish stews and soups take less time to cook than their meaty counterparts, but are equally tasty and comforting, as our White-Fish Stew with Dumplings and a velvety take on avgolemono, the egg-lemon-rice soup, that’s made with cod fillets, prove. Vegetarians and vegans are not forgotten here, either: Look out for Lentil Stew that’s creamy but dairy free. The secret ingredient is coconut milk and it makes an irresistible broth.
Next time you think that winter is too long, just consider it provides you more opportunity to enjoy these favorite stews and soups.