Take a behind-the-scenes peek at the top soup and stew recipes the PH team can’t get enough of!
When the weather turns cold, we want nothing more than face-sized bowls of warm, nourishing soup or thick and hearty stew.
We picked our favorite soup and stew recipes — all tested and enjoyed to give you confidence that each recipe is both healthy and crave-worthy. Think of them as our personal go-to’s!
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On this list, you’ll find creamy butternut squash soup with pears and ginger, as well as an ultra-satiating Italian sausage stew. There’s also “noodle” soups with strands of spaghetti squash or velvety-rich carrot ginger soup, which boasts mild sweetness and warm spice.
Craving Tex-Mex? Try our crockpot Mexican chicken stew. It comes highly recommended by one of our team’s certified nutritionist and is a cinch to make.
Take our word for it: These soups will make for a nourishing meal any time of day (or night), and are the perfect antidote to the cold. Enjoy!
Whatever-You-Have Crockpot Soup
“Our ‘Whatever-You-Have Crockpot Soup’ has to be one of my favorite no-recipe recipes. It’s great for when you’re in a pinch and craving cozy soup but don’t feel like making a run for the grocery store. As long as you have staples on hand, like chicken stock and a sturdy veggie, you’ve got a respectable meal ready to go.”
– Charisma Madarang, Editor-in-Chief
Dreamy Butternut Squash Soup with Pears and Ginger
“I’m a sucker for any velvety butternut squash soup, but this one is one of my all-time favorites. The subtle sweetness from the pears and a little zing from the ginger makes it so addictingly good.”
– Lauren Fellows, Health & Fitness Editor
Italian Sausage Stew
“I’ve made this stew countless times for guests and picky family members, and it’s always a hit! Our PaleoPlan meal plan members love it too, and it’s one of the member-voted favorites. In fact, the original recipe came to us from one of our members! The flavors and ingredients mesh perfectly and it’s a breeze to make in a crockpot…what’s not to love?”
– Kinsey Jackson, Certified Nutritionist
Italian Turkey and Vegetable Stew
“I make this delicious Paleo stew for everyday dinners, potlucks, and even special occasions. The flavors are bold and the most comforting and appetizing aroma fills the kitchen as the stew cooks. This recipe is reliable, easy to make, and a crowd pleaser every time!”
– Sally Johnson, Registered Licensed Dietitian and Health Coach
No-Noodle Beef and Spaghetti Squash Soup
“Hands downs, I gotta say our No-Noodle Beef and Spaghetti Squash Soup is my favorite. It’s the perfect craving-buster for days I’m missing ramen noodles, and it’s uber-filling with hearty chunks of grass-fed beef. The extra red chillis on top also fulfill my love of spiciness and help clear up my sinuses when I need it most.”
– Jessica Resendez, Recipe & Lifestyle Editor
Crockpot Mexican Chicken Stew
“This stew is a recent go-to of mine because taco night is one of my favorites, but with food allergies in my house, it’s hard to actually make tacos that work for everyone. Enter this stew, which hits all of the comforting flavors of taco night, satisfies everyone, and best yet – preps in one dish.”
– Aimee McNew, Certified Nutritionist
5-Ingredient Meatball Soup with Bone Broth
“This meatball soup is light, yet hearty, with filling protein and fibrous veggies. The tender meatballs are super comforting and the bone broth is perfect for keeping warm in winter months as well as boosting gut health.”
– Jennafer Ashley, Recipe Writer
Carrot Ginger Soup with Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric
“This soup is so velvety smooth and rich, it’s hard to believe it’s super healthy too. The carrots add a mild sweetness, while ginger and turmeric add lots of warming spice. Plus, with only a handful of super accessible ingredients, this nutritious soup is easy on the budget, too.”
– Courtney Hamilton, Editorial Assistant
Rainy Day Beef Tomato Soup
“When it’s cold and wintry outside, all I want is a soup that’s protein-rich and hearty with the flavors of carrots and tomatoes. The fact that you can make this flavorful beef tomato soup in the slow cooker makes it incredibly convenient as well. Plus, you can make a big batch and freeze it in portion-sized containers for later, heating up a bit whenever the craving for a rich, delicious soup strikes.”
– Felicia Lim, Recipe Writer
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