When it comes to cold weather comfort food, nothing beats a hot, steamy bowl of soup or stew. We’re ladling up 16 satisfying recipes that deliver huge flavor without a ton of time prepping and standing at the stove. From time-tested classics, like beef chili and chicken gumbo, to soon-to-be new favorites, like Buffalo chicken and lasagna in a bowl, these wholesome, nutrient-packed dishes will keep you warm and fueled all winter long.
Southwestern Chicken Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Corn
10 minutes of prep is all you need for this Southwestern inspired meal that gets a jumpstart with shredded rotisserie chicken. Nutrient-rich sweet potatoes, frozen corn, and two kinds of tomatoes get an infusion of bold flavor from chili powder, fresh cilantro, and lime.
Get the recipe: Southwestern Chicken Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Corn
Easy Brunswick Stew
Escape the cold weather blues with a trip down South in just 30 minutes. Shortcut ingredients like pre-chopped peppers and onions and frozen lima beans fast-track prep for this riff on classic Brunswick stew that can be made with pork or chicken.
Get the recipe: Easy Brunswick Stew
Slow Cooker Chicken Pozole Verde
Our take on the traditionally time-consuming Mexican stew called pozole comes together in a snap, thanks to the slow cooker. Salsa Verde, poblano chilis, and fresh cilantro add bright flavor to this hearty green stew with chicken thighs and hominy.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Pozole Verde
Thai Chicken Soup with Gnocchi Dumplings
This one-of-a-kind chicken soup hails from Thailand with a pit stop in Italy. Fluffy potato gnocchi act as the dumplings in a zingy broth made with coconut milk and red chili paste that’s loaded with the crunch of cabbage and carrots.
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This spoon-ready twist on lasagna is so flavorful and fast, you might never return to the baked version again. The traditional lineup of ruffly noodles, ground beef, and tomato sauce combine with creamy ricotta, Parmesan, and pesto for a thick, stick-to-your-ribs bowlful.
Get the recipe: Lasagna Soup
Instant Pot® Texas-Style Chili
This spicy, meaty chili takes its cues from deep in the heart of Texas – aka no beans or tomatoes allowed. A combo of dried chilis and smoky chipotle peppers add a complex kick of heat to chunks of beef chuck roast that turn tender in the Instant Pot®.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot® Texas-Style Chili
Weeknight Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Authentic tasting gumbo on a weeknight? This easy version made with smart shortcut ingredients makes it possible. The classic Cajun flavors of chicken, sausage, peppers, and okra served over rice come together with just 15 minutes of prep.
Get the recipe: Weeknight Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Easy Chicken Soup with Bok Choy and Rice Noodles
This Asian-inspired chicken noodle soup combines meaty chicken thighs with a duo of rice noodles and squash noodles. Fresh ginger, lime, and cilantro add a tangy pop along with the crunch of water chestnuts and nutrient-rich Bok choy.
Get the recipe: Easy Chicken Soup with Bok Choy and Rice Noodles
Fennel-Tomato Soup with Meatballs and Shells
For a family-friendly meal in a hurry, you can’t beat this mash–up of spaghetti with meatballs and tomato soup. The distinctive Italian taste comes from a double dose of fresh fennel and fennel seed.
Get the recipe: Fennel-Tomato Soup with Meatballs and Shells
Instant Pot® Chicken and Rice Porridge
Our take on the comforting Asian rice porridge called congee comes together effortlessly using the Instant Pot®. Shredded rotisserie chicken saves even more time in this protein and fiber-rich bowl made with brown rice, fresh ginger, and scallions.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot® Chicken and Rice Porridge
Vegetable Soup with Meatballs
These ease of canned soup meets the satisfaction of a home-cooked meal in this three-ingredient weeknight winner. Frozen turkey meatballs and frozen spinach add filling nutrients to condensed vegetable soup with beef stock.
Get the recipe: Vegetable Soup with Meatballs
Classic Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes
When comfort food cravings hit, you can’t go wrong with a classic. Our version of hearty beef stew is a rich and nourishing dish with carrots, potatoes, and tender beef cooked in red wine with fresh rosemary and thyme.
Get the recipe: Classic Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes
Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup
This “set it and forget it” slow cooker meal is perfect when you’re nursing a cold or a case of the winter blahs. Chicken breast, brown rice, and spinach serve up a lean dose of nutrients accented with a hint of soothing ginger and lemon.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup
Italian Wedding Soup
This five-ingredient version of Italian wedding soup bumps up the nutrition without sacrificing any of the, comforting flavor. Frozen chopped kale and a mix of frozen veggies get this soup with garlicky chicken sausage on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Get the recipe: Italian Wedding Soup
Quick Beef and Veggie Chili
This wholesome chili has a secret – it’s thickened with canned pumpkin. The classic lineup of ground beef, bell pepper, tomatoes, and beans gets an extra dose of warming spice from cinnamon, chili powder, and cumin.
Get the recipe: Quick Beef and Veggie Chili
Faux Chicken Pho
A handful of authentic ingredients makes this popular Vietnamese street food super satisfying, while the slow cooker makes it a breeze to prepare. Umami-rich fish sauce, star anise, cinnamon, and ginger add one-of-a-kind, complex flavor to chicken and rice noodle soup topped with fresh, crunchy bean sprouts.
Get the recipe: Faux Chicken Pho