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.
35 Comforting Stew Recipes
Slow Cooker Beef Stew by MoneywiseMoms
Super Easy Fish Stew Recipe by Faith & Food for Busy Moms
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stew by Tamilee's Tips
Instant Pot Venison Stew by Recipes from a Pantry
Instant Pot Beef Stew by Centsless Meals
German Onion Stew by Kudos Kitchen
Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Stew from Living Lou
Campfire Stew by Recipes from a Pantry
Farro Chicken Stew by Cookin' Canuck
Irish Lamb Stew by Spend with Pennies
Guinness Chicken Stew by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
Instant Pot Pork Cataplana by This Recipe
Lazy Sunday Pork and Vegetable Stew by Mashup Mom
Italian Beef Stew by Dear Creatives
Beef and Butternut Squash Stew by Delicious Meets Healthy
Instant Pot Moroccan Chickpea Stew by Simply Happy Foodie
Spiced Lentil Stew by Rhubarbarians
Beef Satay Stew by Paleo Gluten-Free Guy
WW Chicken Sausage Stew by Midlife Healthy Living
Venison Stew by Glue Sticks and Gumdrops
Beef and Guinness Stew by Baking Beauty
Irish Coddle by Foodal
Classic Beef Stew by Spend with Pennies
Split Pea Stew by Little House, Big Alaska
Pacific Oyster Stew by Simply Happy Foodie
Jamaican Oxtail Stew by That Girl Cooks Healthy
Comforting Carnitas Stew by Mashup Mom
Best Ever Beef Stew by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Rustic Chicken Stew by Who Needs a Cape
Cioppino Seafood Stew by Two Sleevers
Vegan Mushroom Stew by Delightful Adventures
West African Groundut Spicy Chicken Stew by Recipes from the Pantry
Vietnamese Beef Stew by Supergolden Bakes
Gluten Free Cajun Shrimp Stew by A Sprinkling of Cayenne
Stuffed Pepper Stew by MoneywiseMoms
If you prefer soups…
I have many family-friendly soup recipes as well:
- Ginger Chicken Soup – a more flavorful variety of traditional chicken soup
- Easy Lentil Vegetable Soup – a vegan option that is very frugal
- Corn & Potato Chowder – a creamy, chunky bowl of comfort
- Sausage Lentil Soup – using delicous chicken sausage