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Winter Stew and Soup Recipes

Posted by: Mira Roberts
Lady in Kitchen at Monticello at Town Center

It's soup season, at last, and the perfect time to spend cold nights and brisk afternoons in your kitchen, slowly marinating and simmering nourishing soups and stews. When the weather outside becomes frightful, warm up with delicious, piping hot soup and stew recipes that are packed with your favorite proteins, veggies and flavors.

Whether you prefer a hearty bowl of broccoli cheddar soup or a tangy and rich bowl of creamy tomato and basil, we've unearthed soup and stew recipes designed to satisfy and warm every person's palate. As a bonus, several of our favorite recipes can be prepped and left to cook in the crockpot for busy work weeks or action-packed weekends.

Since winter has just begun in Coastal Virginia, you have all season long to savor soups and stews your whole family will love! Here are several recipes we've chosen to help keep you cozy and warm, this winter! 

Broccoli Cheddar Soup
When you need a hearty soup to warm you up and comfort food to nourish your soul on cold nights, this soup from Averie Cooks is your answer. Creamy, cheesey and so delicious, you'll fill up fast with this delightful dish. You will need to set aside time in your kitchen for both prep and cooking, but the finished results will be well worth the time you invest!

French Lentil Soup
This incredible recipe from makes for a perfect meal to warm the vegetarian in your life's heart. Simple ingredients make for minimal prep time, and a long simmer on the stove brings the flavors together perfectly before you puree and serve!

Chicken Tortilla Soup
When the weather is frigid, but you don't have time to log hours in your warm kitchen, turn to this delicious recipe from Betty Crocker. Prep and place all ingredients into the crock pot, then press start and come home to dinner ready to plate and serve! You can always double the recipe and freeze for last minute cold day dinners down the road!

Bacon and Split Pea Soup
Make this recipe with or without the bacon, depending upon your dietary needs, and either way, you'll feel satisfied. You'll only need 20 minutes prep time for this recipe, and the rest of the work is in the long, slow simmer. Split pea lovers will be particularly fond of this fun recipe from Food & Wine, and you can serve it as an appetizer or as a main course with a grilled sandwich on the side.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
This delicious, classic tomato soup recipe is quick and easy, and will make for a perfect cup or bowl of soup beside a grilled cheese, panini or flatbread pizza on a chilly, winter day. Simple ingredients and minimal chopping mean that your prep work is almost nothing, meaning you can warm up and fill up sooner and faster!

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup
If you're looking for a warm and satisfying soup that is also low in calories and packed with veggies and fiber, this delicious minestrone recipe is it! The most work you'll do with this recipe is in chopping a variety of vegetables, but otherwise, it's a cinch! Perfect beside a grilled cheese or on its own, you'll turn to this recipe when you want to feel warm and healthy.

Beef and Barley Stew
This winter staple is a perfect meal for serving hungry teenagers and adults who need to pack in ultimate nourishment at each meal. While this stew recipe does require extra time spent in the kitchen (cook time is about 2.5 hours from start to finish), you can double the recipe and freeze up what you don't eat for easy eats throughout the week and weekend to come. 

Classic Pork Stew
This hearty, classic pork stew recipe will require that you log some time in the kitchen, but the results will be well worth it. Estimate about 30 minutes for prep and another hour of cooking, and you'll have this delicious recipe featuring savory pork, white wine, garlic, potatoes, cremini mushrooms and more ready to serve.




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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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