International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Soups and Stews

Bowl of soup with a ladle

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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

Bigos

(Polish hunter's stew of meat, cabbage and sauerkraut)

Borshch

(Ukrainian, Russian beet soup)

Carapulcra

(Peruvian pork and freeze-dried potato stew)

Curry Laksa

(Malaysian, Singaporean coconut curried noodle soup)

Dashi

(Japanese basic soup stock)

Ewa Dodo

(Nigerian black-eyed pea stew with plantains)

Feijoada

(Brazilian pork, beef and black bean stew)

Gazpacho

(Spanish chilled tomato-cucumber soup)

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