26 Best Winter Soup and Stew Recipes to Ward Off Cold Weather

Our favorite one-bowl meals for hearty, soul-warming comfort

As winter sets in, we look for warmth in hearty, gut-sticking comfort foods and piping hot soups and stews.

Many of our favorite winter soups are loaded with beans, which pair excellently with proteins and provide the heft necessary to thicken a basic stock. Our white bean and ham hock soup is topped with lacinato kale, while our Portuguese chickpea stew adds carrots, potatoes, and butternut squash to a meaty base of sausage, lamb, pork, and veal.

Adding pasta is another way to bulk up a winter soup—think Karfiolleves, a paprika-spiced cauliflower soup from Hungary. Then there are the stews: boeuf bourguignonne is a classic French recipe that cooks beef down in wine and nestles it in a pot packed with onions, mushrooms, and carrots.

Ready to get started? From Thai boat noodle soup to Dominican cream of pumpkin soup, these are our favorite winter soup and stew recipes.

Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro

Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro
The recipe for this garlicky bread soup comes from Rosa Filipe of O Barro restaurant in Redondo, Portugal, who claims it is nicknamed "beggar's soup" because it contains no meat or fish. Get the recipe for Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro »Todd Coleman

Mexican Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Mexican Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Caldo de pollo, a comforting chicken and vegetable soup. Get the recipe for Mexican Chicken and Vegetable Soup »Christina Holmes

Carrot Soup with Leeks and Ginger

Carrot Soup with Leeks and Ginger
This spicy carrot ginger soup is an easy winter weeknight meal. See the recipe for Carrot Soup with Leeks and GingerKatherine Whittaker

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca)

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca)
This simple pasilla chile- and tomato-based soup is ladled onto tortilla chips and topped with creamy avocado, jack cheese, and tangy Mexican crema. Get the recipe for Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca) »Farideh Sadeghin

Yellow Tomato Soup with Lamb Meatballs, Yogurt, and Mint

Yellow Tomato Soup with Lamb Meatballs, Yogurt, and Mint
"Spices have always fascinated me. I collect them from all over the world," says Giorgia Goggi, who accents this soup with Middle Eastern sumac and Indian garam masala. If you can't find fresh yellow tomatoes, red will work just as well. Yellow Tomato Soup with Lamb Meatballs, Yogurt, and Mint »Eva Kolenko

Tortellini Soup (Tortellini in Brodo)

Tortellini in Broth
Adapted from Trattoria Sostanza, a Florentine institution, this prosciutto-and-cheese-stuffed pasta is served in a simple chicken broth. Get the recipe for Tortellini Soup (Tortellini in Brodo) »Michelle Heimerman

Yunnan-Style Breakfast Noodle Soup

Yunnan-Style Breakfast Noodle Soup
This popular breakfast in China's Yunnan Province starts with fresh rice noodles and ground meat in a bare-bones pork broth, then gets customized with as many as a dozen condiments. Yunnan mi xian noodles (round and spaghettilike) or mi gan (flat and wide) are traditional, but any size rice noodle works, and dried varieties are fine in a pinch. Find fresh rice noodles in the refrigerated section at most Asian markets. Get the recipe for Yunnan-Style Breakfast Noodle Soup »Matt Taylor-Gross

Lamb Soup With Sour Cream (Palócleves)

Lamb Soup With Sour Cream (Palócleves)
Hungarian chef Andrea Németh mixes sour cream with flour before adding it to this paprika-spiced lamb and vegetable soup. It thickens the soup and prevents the cream from curdling. Get the recipe for Lamb Soup With Sour Cream (Palócleves) »Todd Coleman

Sri Lankan Fish Curry

Sri Lankan Fish Curry
Whole spices give this fish curry an impossible-to-place depth. Get the recipe for Sri Lankan Fish Curry »Jason Lang

Onion Fennel and Mushroom Soup

Onion Fennel and Mushroom Soup
A variety mushrooms gives nuance to this hearty vegetarian soup. Any assortment of fresh mushrooms will work and you can change those flavorful notes by switching up the combination each time you make it. Get the recipe for Onion Fennel and Mushroom Soup »Farideh Sadeghin
Korean Clam Soup

Korean Spicy Clam Soup

A simple, light soup not short on heat or spice. Get the recipe for Korean Spicy Clam Soup »Matt Taylor-Gross

White Bean and Lacinato Kale Soup with Smoked Ham Hock

White Bean and Lacinato Kale Soup with Smoked Ham Hock, Late Winter Feast
After flavoring the beans for this creamy winter soup, smoked ham hock is shredded and pan-fried, rendering it crisp and intensifying its flavor. Get the recipe for White Bean and Lacinato Kale Soup with Smoked Ham Hock »Bill Phelps

Chickpea Stew with Lamb, Pork, and Veal (Cozido de Grão)

Chickpea Stew with Lamb, Pork, and Veal (Cozido de Grão)
Chickpeas are bolstered with spicy sausage and three kinds of meat in a filling stew served at País das Uvas in Vila de Frades, Portugal. Get the recipe for Chickpea Stew with Lamb, Pork, and Veal »Todd Coleman

Portuguese Tomato Soup with Poached Eggs (Sopa de Tomate)

Portuguese Tomato Soup with Poached Eggs (Sopa de Tomate)
Portuguese home cook Conceição Louro of Estremoz infuses tomatoes with smoky bacon and sausage in this rich tomato soup served with poached eggs. Get the recipe for Portuguese Tomato Soup with Poached Eggs (Sopa de Tomate) »Todd Coleman

Thai Boat Noodle Soup (Kuaytiaw Reua)

Thai Boat Noodle Soup (Kuaytiaw Reua)
This spicy, delicious Thai noodle soup is enhanced with a touch of crimson pig's blood. Get the recipe for Thai Boat Noodle Soup (Kuaytiaw Reua) »Ingalls Photography

Paprika-Spiced Cauliflower Soup (Karfiolleves)

Paprika-Spiced Cauliflower Soup (Karfiolleves)
This recipe for paprika-spiced cauliflower soup comes from chef Andrea Németh at the restaurant Bagolyvár in Budapest. To form the tiny dumplings, called galuska, she simply drops bits of dough into the simmering broth. Get the recipe for Paprika-Spiced Cauliflower Soup (Karfiolleves) »Todd Coleman

Chickpea and Pasta Soup

Chickpea and Pasta Soup
This soup is a meal in and of itself, full of lots of vegetables, chickpeas, and pasta. Get the recipe for Chickpea and Pasta Soup »Farideh Sadeghin

Normandy-Style French Onion Soup

Michel Roux Onion Soup
Michel Roux, the French-born chef of England's Le Gavroche, takes a Normandy spin on this classic soup with a splash of cider and a whole lot of subtlety. But the best part? It only takes an hour to make. Get the recipe for Normandy-Style French Onion Soup »Matt Taylor-Gross

Japanese New Year's Soup

Japanese New Year's Soup
In Japanese homes on the first day of the year, the dish to eat is ozoni, a good luck soup composed of pink-rimmed fish cake, daikon, carrot, and shiitake mushrooms floating in a rich dashi (kelp and bonito broth) along with mochi, chewy rice cakes, which are oven-toasted until they resemble fire-licked marshmallows. Get the recipe for Japanese New Year's Soup »Ingalls Photography

Beef Broth with Tortellini and Parmesan (Brodo)

Beef Broth with Tortellini and Parmesan (Brodo)
Cheese tortellini dot a rich umami broth well-worth a lengthy cooking time. Get the recipe for Beef Broth with Tortellini and Parmesan (Brodo) »Todd Coleman

Dominican Cream of Pumpkin Soup (Crema de Auyama)

Dominican Cream of Pumpkin Soup (Crema de Auyama)
This rosemary-accented crema de auyama—Dominican cream of pumpkin soup—is the perfect Thanksgiving treat. Get the recipe for Dominican Cream of Pumpkin Soup (Crema de Auyama) »Farideh Sadeghin

Burgundy-Style Beef Stew (Boeuf Bourguignonne)

Burgundy-Style Beef Stew (Boeuf Bourguignonne)
With its brisk acidity, a good-quality pinot noir from France's Burgundy wine region marinates and tenderizes the meat and structures the flavor of the sauce in this classic French beef stew. Get the recipe for Burgundy-Style Beef Stew (Boeuf Bourguignonne) »Ingalls Photography

Red Lentil and Squash Soup (Shorabit Jarjir)

Red Lentil and Squash Soup (Shorabit Jarjir)
Protein-rich red lentils and hearty butternut squash are transformed into a smooth, fragrant soup that's a perfect, simple meal served with flatbread. Get the recipe for Red Lentil and Squash Soup (Shorabit Jarjir) »Penny De Los Santos

Borscht

Borscht
Eaten hot or cold, vegetarian or with shreds of beef, enriched with a dollop of sour cream and wisps of dill, this beet-based soup is the quintessence of good Eastern European cooking. Get the recipe for Borscht »Todd Coleman

Senate Bean Soup

Senate Bean Soup
This simple bean soup is studded with ham. Get the recipe for Senate Bean Soup »Todd Coleman

Mediterranean Mussel and Chickpea Soup with Fennel and Lemon

Mediterranean Mussel and Chickpea Soup with Fennel and Lemon
Light enough for a summer dish, this terrific soup is also delicious in the winter months made with Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) mussels instead. Get the recipe for Mediterranean Mussel and Chickpea Soup with Fennel and Lemon »Geoffrey Smith