45 Speedy, Savory Soups and Stews
If You Have 15 to 30 Minutes
Bean and Chicken Sausage Stew
This simple recipe is whipped up from such pantry staples as chicken broth and canned diced tomatoes.
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Southwestern Chicken Soup
Give this hearty soup as much zest as your taste buds can handle: It starts with jarred salsa verde, whether mild, medium, or hot.
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All the flavor of the traditional Italian soup, without the usual hours invested. With shortcuts, this minestrone is done in minutes.
Get the recipe: Minestrone
Thai Red Curry Soup
Don’t let the delicate consistency fool you. This dish packs some punch, courtesy of red curry paste and ginger.
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Quick Beef Bourguignonne
Red wine makes a ready-in-under-30-minutes recipe company-worthy.
Get the recipe: Quick Beef Bourguignonne
Seafood Chowder With Crispy Bread Crumbs
Baked bread crumbs lend a crunch to this creamy blend of clams (littleneck or cockles) and white fish (cod, sea bass, or halibut).
Get the recipe: Seafood Chowder With Crispy Bread Crumbs
Mexican Meatball Soup
The shortcut ingredient in this savory Mexican classic? Jarred salsa.
Get the recipe: Mexican Meatball Soup
Asian Dumpling Soup With Shiitakes
Chock-full of healthy ingredients like carrots, edamame, and watercress, this chicken broth–based soup gets a kick from Asian flavors like fresh ginger and soy sauce.
Get the recipe: Asian Dumpling Soup With Shiitakes
Cauliflower Soup With Prosciutto Sandwiches
A creamy cauliflower puree is topped with grated Cheddar. (To make it easier to work with, keep the cheese refrigerated until you’re ready to use it.)
Get the recipe: Cauliflower Soup With Prosciutto Sandwiches
This cucumber, tomato, and poblano pepper puree takes only 10 minutes to prepare—the rest of the time is spent chilling it.
Get the recipe: Tex-Mex Gazpacho
Shrimp and Corn Chowder With Fennel
Toss potatoes, corn, shrimp, leeks, and fennel into the pot for a creamy, hearty meal ready in just 30 minutes.
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Kale and White Bean Soup
A simple broth is loaded with pasta, garlic, kale, and rosemary for a decidedly Italian taste. Add a Parmesan rind while the soup simmers to infuse it with flavor.
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Kale and White Bean Soup
Spanish chorizo, a smoked pork sausage seasoned with chili powder and garlic, gives this white-fish chowder its heat.
Get the recipe: Smoky Fish Chowder
White Bean Chili With Jalapeño Bulgur
Bulgur (cracked wheat) adds nutty flavor―plus potassium, B vitamins, iron, calcium, and fiber.
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Quick Spring Lamb and Vegetable Stew
A one-pot recipe perfect for a busy weeknight―it calls for a fast-cooking, tender cut of lamb.
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Scallion and Potato Soup
Cream and white wine enhance a flavorful potato-and-scallion mix.
Get the recipe: Scallion and Potato Soup
Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn
Have an extra half hour on a Sunday afternoon? Cook up this beef-and-vegetable chili, then freeze it: It will keep for up to three months.
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African Peanut Soup
Everyday peanut butter is at the heart of a more-exotic take on tomato soup.
Get the recipe: African Peanut Soup
If You Have 35 to 50 Minutes
Blend deliciously diverse flavors―tomatoes, leeks, mussels, and white fish―in one pot.
Get the recipe: Fishermans Soup
Squash and White Bean Soup With Parmesan Biscuits
Make this vegetable-stocked soup even more robust by adding orzo.
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Coconut Shrimp Corn Chowder
Basic corn chowder gets an exotic note with a splash of coconut milk.
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Chickpea and Sausage Stew
The bread slices are optional, but they do add even more heft to a hearty stew.
Get the recipe: Chickpea and Sausage Stew
Black Bean Soup With Roasted Jalapeño Salsa
A tangy blend of jalapeño peppers, cilantro, and lime juice tops black beans simmered with cumin and green peppers.
Get the recipe: Black Bean Soup With Roasted Jalapeño Salsa
Parsnip and Fennel Soup With Dill
The secret to this recipe’s texture? Pureeing half the soup in a blender before returning it to the pot.
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Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew With Couscous
To add extra protein to this satisfying vegetable stew, sprinkle it with sliced almonds.
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Turkey and Poblano Chili
For a leaner chili, pass up beef and use turkey instead (a great way to make use of leftovers, fyi).
Get the recipe: Turkey and Poblano Chili
Scallop and Corn Chowder
If scallops are too much of a splurge, shrimp, cod, or halibut will make an equally fine chowder.
Get the recipe: Scallop and Corn Chowder
Mushroom Barley Soup
Barley, with its mild, creamy flavor, is the perfect match for earthy vegetables like mushrooms.
Get the recipe: Mushroom Barley Soup
Butternut Squash Soup
Round out this squash puree with bruschetta and a simple salad for a light but filling dinner.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Soup
Joan Munson’s Sweet White Corn Soup With Poblano Puree
Fresh sweet corn is the star of a simple, smooth-as-butter soup, which is served with a drizzle of heavy cream and a poblano puree, plus a sprig of cilantro.
Get the recipe: Joan Munson’s Sweet White Corn Soup With Poblano Puree
Turkey and Bean Chili
This rich and tasty chili racks up fewer than 340 calories per serving—less than your average bakery blueberry muffin.
Get the recipe: Turkey and Bean Chili
Though in the onion family, leeks add flavor that’s milder and sweeter.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin-Leek Soup
Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup
Chicken, potatoes, lime juice, and cilantro make a savory blend—and a dish that’s pure comfort in a bowl.
Get the recipe: for Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup
If You Have 1 Hour to 2 Hours
Winter Lentil Soup
No need to pay out for pricey red or yellow lentils: Basic brown lentils work just fine for this recipe. Or try green lentils, which have a slightly peppery taste.
Get the recipe: Winter Lentil Soup
Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Soup
Give the dinner table a splash of brightness with a savory blend of carrots, parsnips, and onions.
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Cheddar Beer Soup
What’s the secret to this soup’s zing? Sharp Cheddar cheese―and 12 ounces of bubbly beer.
Get the recipe: Cheddar Beer Soup
Lentil Stew With Oranges
Pair lentils with tangy oranges and rich red wine for a satisfying mélange.
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Chicken and Pepper Stew With Olives
A hearty-enough-to-eat-with-a-fork brew of bell peppers, chicken thighs, and pitted olives will leave you thoroughly satisfied. And as good as it is, the leftovers are even better.
Get the recipe: Chicken and Pepper Stew With Olives
Spicy Sweet Potato Coconut Soup
Familiar tastes (sweet potatoes, onions) meet the unexpected (coconut milk, red curry).
Get the recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato Coconut Soup
Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple Soup
Versatile sweet potatoes work just as deliciously with apples, in a lively blend.
Get the recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple Soup
Classic Chicken Soup
Nothing is better for the body (or the soul) than a classic combo of chicken and vegetables.
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Even a little bit of Parmesan gives depth to broth stocked with pasta, carrots, and tender chunks of poached chicken.
Get the recipe: Tortellini Soup
Mexican Chicken Soup
Chicken and rice soup? Sure. Spice it with cilantro and lime, though, and it becomes something completely surprising.
Get the recipe: Mexican Chicken Soup
Rich French Onion Soup
Thick slices of country bread and Gruyère (or Swiss) cheese broil until browned and gooey—the perfect complement to a rich mix of onions, white wine, and beef broth.
Get the recipe: Rich French Onion Soup
Split Pea Soup
Smooth split pea soup (topped by crunchy croutons) is like a bowl of comfort.
Get the recipe: Split Pea Soup