White Chicken Chili
I've tried many white chicken chili recipes over the years, but none as satisfying as this one. The best part is that it's made with a rotisserie chicken, which makes it a one-pot meal you can have on the dinner table in under an hour.
Pasta e Fagioli
Pasta e fagioli — literally “pasta and beans” — is a hearty and heartwarming Italian soup, perfect for a chilly night. There are countless recipes but this version, adapted from Chef Joe Cicala’s recipe in the The Washington Post, is the best I’ve tried.
Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls
The soup is a bit of a "potschke," as my mother would say (meaning it requires some fussing) but once the prep work is done, you pretty much throw everything into a pot and forget it. If you have two large pots, you might as well double the recipe and freeze some for later -- you'll be glad you did.
French Lentil and Vegetable Soup with Bacon
Bacon lends a wonderful smoky flavor to this elegant lentil soup. It's made with French green lentils, which hold their shape when cooked and thicken the soup without turning it to sludge.
Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes
This is a classic French beef stew, otherwise known as Beef Bourguignon. The meat is seared in olive oil first, then slowly braised with garlic and onions in a wine-based broth. After a few hours in the oven, the meat becomes meltingly tender and enveloped in a rich, deeply flavored sauce. With over 200 reviews, it's one of my most popular recipes.
Smoky Chickpea, Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup
If you're in need of a little pick-me-up, this soul-satisfying soup is just the ticket. Here's what I love about it: you can make it with ingredients you likely have on hand; it's ready in 30 minutes yet tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen; it's vegetarian and healthy; and, it's hearty enough, along with a salad and naan (or a loaf of good bread), to be a complete meal.
Guinness Lamb Stew with Vegetables
In this hearty stew, lamb is braised in a flavorful Guinness-spiked broth until deliciously tender, and vegetables are added at just the right time so they don’t get mushy. If you like my Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes, you’ll love this recipe too.
Spicy Pumpkin Leek Soup
In this velvety soup, pumpkin is simmered with leeks, apples, maple syrup and herbs. Instead of typical pumpkin pie spices, cumin and cayenne pepper lend a smoky, spicy flavor.
Cioppino (Fisherman’s Stew)
Brimming with fresh seafood in a tomato and wine broth that tastes like the sea, cioppino is a rustic Italian-American fish stew that originated in San Francisco.
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