Spicy Pumpkin Ramen in a black bowl, one of 20 simple soup and stew recipes to stay cozy.

20 Simple Soup and Stew Recipes

What’s more comforting than soups and stews? Here are 20 simple soup and stew recipes, from classic chicken soups, to quick chilis, hearty stews and more!

Spicy Pumpkin Ramen in a black bowl, one of 20 simple soup and stew recipes to stay cozy.
20 Simple Soup and Stew Recipes

Soups and stews are perhaps my favorite thing to cook — they’re easy, they’re forgiving, they’re amenable to whatever ingredients you may have on hand, and they can be made in advance! If you have a slow cooker, you can prep the dish in advance and let the flavors really come together for a comforting meal any time of the year. Today I am sharing 20 simple soup and stew recipes, from classic chicken and rice soup, to quick chilis, hearty stews and more!

These are the soups and stews I turn to time and again — between you and me, whenever someone asks me what my favorite thing is to cook, I sheepishly answer, “soup!” I feel that every cook should start by learning how to make a simple soup or stew — once you understand the basics, you’ll never go hungry. With each bubbling pot, your confidence with cooking gets better and better, and it’s easy to riff on a recipe once you get the hang of things. That means these soup recipes are all easily adaptable to whatever ingredients you may have on hand.

Happy cooking!

Simple Soup Recipes

The best thing about a soup is that you don’t have to be totally precise to make a good soup. It’s gentle on mistakes, cooks fairly quickly, and you can freeze any extras for a rainy day.

Bowl of Curried Butternut Squash Lentil Soup with naan bread, garnished cilantro and chili oil.
Spiced Butternut Squash Lentil Soup (Vegan)
Spiced Butternut Squash Lentil Soup is a soothing, nourishing, vegan soup, made especially warming with turmeric, curry, and ginger.

Prime Rib Beef and Lentil Soup - let holiday leftovers keep giving.
Prime Rib Beef and Lentil Soup
Leftover indulgence transforms into nourishing soup made with homemade stock and hearty vegetables. Even if you don’t have leftover prime rib, use any kind of leftover roast beef and beef stock to make this soup.

Bowl of Roasted Tomato, Garlic and Herb Soup with zucchini scones floating in soup on a wooden table.
Roasted Tomato, Garlic and Herb Soup
Tomato soup is always a classic – give yours an upgrade by roasting your tomatoes with garlic and herbs for an easy roasted tomato soup recipe for stove or Instant Pot!

A bowl of Roasted Tomatillo Chicken Soup garnished with cilantro, jalapeno, and creme fraiche.
Roasted Tomatillo Chicken Soup
Let the magic of roasted tomatillos and jalapeños warm you from the inside with this simple recipe! You’ll love this reader favorite.

A bowl of Pressure Cooker Creamy Rotisserie Chicken and Wild Rice Soup in a white bowl on wood table.
Pressure Cooker Creamy Rotisserie Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
A comforting bowl of creamy chicken and wild rice soup is made even easier when you use a pressure cooker (such as an Instant Pot) and leftover rotisserie chicken!

bowl of Arroz Caldo, Filipino chicken and rice soup, topped with green onion and garlic.
Arroz Caldo | Filipino Chicken and Rice Soup
When you need a little TLC, there’s nothing better than chicken and rice soup, and in the Philippines, Arroz Caldo is the answer to a comforting bowl. This is my quick and easy, fast and speedy way of making Arroz Caldo. Ready in just about half an hour, my kids call this “sick soup” – the ginger and garlic make it especially soothing.

A bowl of Beef Nilaga (Filipino Beef and Vegetable Soup) made in the Instant Pot. Chunks of beef, short ribs, potato, cabbage, carrots, and sweet potato in a bowl.
Instant Pot Beef Nilaga (Filipino Beef and Vegetable Soup)
Another comforting Filipino classic is Beef Nilaga, a nourishing Beef and Vegetable Soup. A pressure cooker (like Instant Pot) makes the beef extra tender in less time!

Simple Noodle Soup Recipes

Instant Pot Short Rib Ramen in a ramen bowl with bok choy.
Instant Pot Short Rib Ramen
Short Rib Ramen is utterly slurp-worthy! This satisfying beef ramen is made simple with a homemade ramen broth recipe that cooks short ribs in the instant pot!

Beef noodle soup in a bowl: mushroom and short rib noodle soup with bok choy.

Mushroom and Short Rib Noodle Soup

Mushroom and Short Rib Noodle Soup is a cozy beef noodle soup that cooks in just half and hour! Flavorful beef broth, tender shabu-shabu beef, earthy mushrooms, and ramen noodles taste like it’s been simmering for hours but is so easy to make.

On cold winter nights, turn to this comforting Filipino Chicken and Asparagus Sotanghon (Glass Noodle) Soup. It warms you up and nourishes from within.

Chicken and Asparagus Sotanghon (Glass Noodle) Soup

On cold winter nights, I turn to this comforting Filipino Chicken and Asparagus Sotanghon (Glass Noodle) Soup. It warms you up and nourishes from within. This is an old favorite that friends as for time and again.


Spicy Pumpkin Ramen
Spice up regular ramen with spicy pumpkin ramen in just 15 minutes! Recipe below.

Simple Chili Recipes

Between you and me, whenever I crave chili, it usually means I craved cornbread first! Whatever spurs your craving, here are my favorite chili recipes.

A bowl of vegan chili with beans, avocado and cilantro and a side of corn bread.

Vegan Chili: Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

You won’t miss meat at all in this simple and satisfying vegan chili recipe! Make this vegetarian chili on the stove or in the slow cooker! 

Four bowls of Classic Chili garnished with shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions and cilantro.

Simple, Classic Chili

Classic chili bubbling on the stove calls to mind homespun comfort, the rustling of autumn leaves, and cozy moments with family. Pair it with sweet corn muffins for the classic simple supper. 

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Chicken Chili

This chicken chili comes together in about half an hour, is full of flavor, and like all good chilis, tastes great the next day.

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Beef and Lentil Chili

Lentils lighten up a classic chili in this Beef and Lentil Chili!

Simple Stew Recipes

When stews bubble on the stove, there’s always the promise of cozy comfort food! If you have time, it’s wonderful to indulge in letting a stew simmer for hours, but if you have a pressure cooker, stews can be made in a must shorter time!

Swiss Veal and Wild Mushroom Stew is a must try from Deer Valley Resort's Fireside Dining. This rich, hearty stew recipe is simple to make at home, and so comforting on a winter's night.
Swiss Veal and Wild Mushroom Stew
Swiss Veal and Wild Mushroom Stew is a must try from Deer Valley Resort Fireside Dining. This rich, hearty stew recipe simple to make at home! If you prefer, use regular beef! Gluten-free.

Instant Pot Fish Stew with Tomatoes, Olives and Capers made with Lindsay Olives Harissa Infused Blend Olives
Instant Pot Fish Stew with Tomatoes, Olives and Capers
Instant Pot Fish Stew with Tomatoes, Olives and Capers is an elevated, but ever so simple meal!

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Mechado Filipino Beef Stew
Mechado, Filipino beef stew, is the Philippine’s version of the classic comfort food. This was the first dish I ever made for my husband, and it continues to be a favorite.

Bowl of Filipino-style Picadillo served on a dining table.
Filipino-style Picadillo Bowls
Filipino-style Picadillo Bowls is a classic comfort food in the Philippines–my version is chock-full of bright, colorful vegetables and made in under 30 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights the whole family will love!


Colombian Chicken, Corn & Potato Stew {Ajiaco}
Thick from the starch of potatoes, and flavorful from a stock enhanced by chicken and corn, Colombian Chicken, Corn & Potato Stew (Ajiaco) is wonderfully cozy.

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Happy Cooking!

Simple Soup Recipe: Spicy Pumpkin Ramen

Spice up regular ramen with spicy pumpkin ramen in just 15 minutes!
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5 from 1 vote
Course Soup
Cuisine Asian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 673kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup onion finely diced
  • 3 slices ginger about 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons curry paste
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 12 oz ramen noodles
  • 2 cups tofu
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup cilantro

Instructions

  • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions, garlic, ginger and mushrooms. Season with salt and cook until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms are tender.
  • Stir in the curry paste and cook for about 30 seconds. Stir in the coconut milk, vegetable broth, pumpkin and sriracha. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer.
  • Add the ramen noodles and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Add the tofu and baby spinach.
  • Divide into bowls and serve with cilantro. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 673kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Sodium: 2763mg | Potassium: 825mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 7135IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 8mg
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  1. Sabrina

    5 stars
    thank you for all of these, never thought I’d crave soups as much as this year, so thank you, short rib ramen especially

    Reply
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