International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Soup and Stew Recipes

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

Pozole

Bowl of pozole blanco

(Mexican pork and hominy stew)

Locro

Locro Recipe (Ecuadoran, Peruvian potato-cheese soup)

(Ecuadoran, Peruvian potato-cheese soup)

Curry Laksa

Curry Laksa Recipe (Malaysian, Singaporean coconut curried noodle soup)

(Malaysian, Singaporean coconut curried noodle soup)

Borshch

Borshch Recipe (Ukrainian, Russian beet soup)

(Ukrainian, Russian beet soup)

Bredie

Bredie Recipe (South African lamb stew)

(South African lamb stew)

Vatapá

Vatapá Recipe (Brazilian seafood stew with coconut milk)

(Brazilian seafood stew with coconut milk)

Puchero

Puchero Recipe (Spanish meat and chickpea stew)

(Spanish meat and chickpea stew)

Harira

Harira Recipe (North African lamb and chickpea stew)

(North African lamb and chickpea stew)

Moqueca

Moqueca Recipe (Brazilian fish and coconut milk stew)

(Brazilian fish and coconut milk stew)

Dashi

Dashi Recipe (Japanese basic soup stock)

(Japanese basic soup stock)

Ogbono Soup

Ogbono Soup Recipe (Nigerian meat and vegetable stew thickened with ogbono seed)

(Nigerian meat and vegetable stew thickened with ogbono seed)

Sambar

Sambar Recipe (Indian spicy lentil stew)

(Indian spicy lentil stew)