When the weather gets cold, it's the perfect time to cook a batch of stew. Add some of these comforting stew recipes to your meal plan this winter!
One of my favorite meals to cook during the cold winter months is stew. It's so easy to just chop the ingredients, throw it all into a pot, and let it go!
Now that we have a pressure cooker, it's easier to make stew than before since it's so much faster. But whether you're cooking on the stovetop, in a pressure cooker, or using a crockpot, you'll find some wonderfully comforting stew recipes here.
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What's the difference between a soup and a stew?
Soups and stews are typically made of the same combination of ingredients (meat, vegetables, and liquid), soup has a thinner broth. Stews tend to be heartier, with chunky pieces of food, and a lot less liquid.
What's the best way to cook a stew?
Traditionally, stews are made on the stove top in a heavy duty stockpot. They cook on low for hours, make the whole house smell fantastic!
Stove top stew recipes also cook well in a crockpot or slow cooker. This allows you to leave the house and not mind the stove top (yay!).
With the popularity of pressure cookers, it is so much faster to make stew for a busy weeknight! Meats cooked in the pressure cooker are so tender, and it all cooks up in minutes compared to hours on the stovetop.
So what's the best way? That depends on what time you have for cooking. Most recipes transfer well between devices. Just remember that the pressure cooker or Instant Pot does not need as much liquid, so you should reduce it from the stovetop recipe.
How to thicken a stew?
If a recipe doesn't already call for a thickener, you have a few options for making your stew's broth more hearty. This is the last step, after all the meat and vegetables have cooked.
Just take a few tablespoons of cornstarch, thoroughly mix in a small bowl with a little water, and stir into the broth while it boils. If you're eating gluten-free, check to be sure the cornstarch is GF, or just use xanthan gum instead.
What are some sides to serve with stew?
I think of most stews as a full meal, since you have protein, vegetables and a carb. But when I'm trying to stretch a meal for hungry teens, I like to serve a green salad and rolls on the side.
If you're eating low-carb, choose a stew that doesn't include the carbs in the recipe. Then, you can serve it over rice in a bowl. I do this often so that my husband and I can measure our carbs while the kids load up.
This quick and easy Instant Pot Venison Stew is the perfect comforting and filling dinner that requires minimal prep. This rich stew is full of gorgeous flavors with a secret ingredient that makes it all come together.
Lamb Stew is a delicious and satisfying recipe with tender chunks of lamb, potatoes and carrots. Springtime is the time to bust out all those spring holiday traditions and nothing says tradition like an Irish Stew.
This Crock Pot Guinness Chicken Stew is a new twist on a traditional favorite. If you’re looking for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day dinner that is easy and tasty, but not the typical Guinness beef stew, you’ve found your solution.
Instant Pot Pork Cataplana. Served throughout the Algarve to both tourists and locals as an alternative to the traditional seafood cataplana. Loaded with red peppers, tomatoes, piri piri seasoning and tender chunks of pork.
Instant Pot Moroccan Chickpea Stew is one of my family’s all time favorite Instant Pot soup recipes! If you love lots of flavor and also want a healthy meal, make this Pressure Cooker chickpea stew. It is so easy, and so good!
Spiced lentil stew with sweet and sour cauliflower recipe! A delicious, healthy, and hearty vegetarian dinner that the whole family will love. Vegetarian, and easily adapted to a vegan and/0r gluten free diet.
WW chicken sausage stew is a hearty dinner recipe that is great for meal prep. This delicious healthy chicken sausage stew is quick and easy! Don’t miss out on any of these Weight Watchers chicken recipes!
This Beef Stew Recipe is perfect for the colder weather! Tender beef is simmered in beef broth with potatoes, onions, celery, peas, and carrots until melt in your mouth tender. It’s comfort food heaven.
This fall-off-the-bone Jamaican Oxtail Stew braised with butter beans, gravy and classic Jamaican spices simmers away on the stovetop or slow cooker. Serve this mouthwatering meal for any special occasion.
Make this Cioppino Seafood Stew in your Instant Pot for a simple stew that is bursting with flavor! This seafood stew is rich and loaded with seafood and veggies. It's very filling with a small serving, while still being light.
West African Groundnut Spicy Chicken Soup is thick, fragrant and comforting soup/stew. If you like peanuts and chicken, you’ll love the wonderful flavour combination of groundnut soup, an easy West African peanut soup recipe.
Growing up, my mom made Cajun shrimp stew like two to three times per month. It was one of her usual dinner dishes that tasted even better when she used fresh shrimp that my dad caught over the weekend.