International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Soup and Stew Recipes

Man with a bowl of soup

Image Creative Commons by James Kim

Nothing warms the soul like a hot bowl of soup or a comforting stew, slow-simmered on the stove. Soups and stews can be among the simplest of creations, but their often complex flavor can belie the ease of their creation. Every pot is endlessly customizable — substitute an ingredient here, subtract one there, add a new one this time — so each pot takes on its maker's personality.

Most soups and stews benefit from a slow simmer and gain in flavor if made a day ahead, which makes this cooking method a favorite of the Slow Food movement.

International Soup and Stew Recipes


Bowl of pozole blanco

(Mexican pork and hominy stew)

Curry Laksa

Curry Laksa (Malaysian, Singaporean coconut curried noodle soup)

(Malaysian, Singaporean coconut curried noodle soup)


Locro potato-cheese soup

(Ecuadoran, Peruvian potato-cheese soup)


Borshch (Ukrainian, Russian beet soup)

(Ukrainian, Russian beet soup)


Pot of simmering lamb and potato bredie

(South African lamb stew)


Vatapa Brazilian seafood stew

(Brazilian seafood stew with coconut milk)


Puchero in the style of the Canary Islands

(Spanish meat and chickpea stew)


Harira (North African lamb and chickpea stew)

(North African lamb and chickpea stew)


Matoke (Ugandan beef and plantain stew)

(Ugandan beef and plantain stew)


Sambar (Indian spicy lentil stew)

(Indian spicy lentil stew)

Ogbono Soup

Bowl of ogbono soup

(Nigerian meat and vegetable stew thickened with ogbono seed)


Moqueca Brazilian fish and coconut milk stew

(Brazilian fish and coconut milk stew)