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

Dashi

Japanese dashi soup stock

(Japanese basic soup stock)

Gazpacho

Gazpacho (Spanish chilled tomato-cucumber soup)

(Spanish chilled tomato-cucumber soup)

Carapulcra

Carapulcra (Peruvian pork and freeze-dried potato stew)

(Peruvian pork and freeze-dried potato stew)

Bigos

Bigos (Polish hunter-style-stew)

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

Shchi

Shchi (Russian cabbage soup)

(Russian cabbage soup)

Su Udon

Su Udon (Japanese noodles in broth)

(Japanese noodles in broth)

Gumbo

Chicken, sausage and shrimp gumbo

(American Cajun-Creole meat and shellfish stew)

Cioppino

Cioppino (American West Coast fish and seafood stew)

(American West Coast fish and seafood stew)

Hkatenkwan

Hkatenkwan (Ghanaian chicken and groundnut stew)

(Ghanaian chicken and groundnut stew)

Gundi

A bowl of chicken broth with gundi dumplings

(Jewish chickpea and chicken dumplings)