As the temperature drops and heated blankets come out of storage, what better way to beat the cold this winter than a delicious bowl of soup or stew? The options for winter soups & stews are endless, and they are a perfect option for leftover aficionados. Below we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite soups & stews to keep you feeling warm all winter!
What’s the Difference?
Did you know that soup can be traced as far back as 20,000 BC? The word comes from the French word “soupe,” which is derived from the Latin “suppa” (bread soaked in broth). Traditionally, the difference between soups & stews is pretty simple – soups are a combination of meats, veggies and more cooked in liquid. While this can generally describe a stew, what differentiates stew is the cooking process.
Stews are commonly thicker and cooked with a lid for an extended period of time. Often times, the liquid added to a stew barely covers the contents of the pot, whereas soup has an excess amount of liquid compared to the amount of ingredients.
- Stock up – stocks and broths are a very important ingredient to soups and stews. Make sure your stock is flavorful but not overly salted.
- Cook veggies accordingly – keep in mind that cook times vary for each vegetable. Make sure to add in the ingredients that take longer first – well cooked veggies can often be the secret to a great tasting soup or stew!
- Freeze it! – If you made soup, there’s a good chance you have plenty of leftovers. Make sure to freeze your soups in an airtight container and they can last up to two months. You won’t believe how good it’ll still taste!
Italian Chicken Sausage & White Bean Stew
White beans (also known as “Cannellini” beans in Italy and “Great Northern” or “Navy” beans in the U.K./U.S.) are a perfect addition to any stew. And our Italian-style stew is as delicious as it is easy to make! With a cook time of only 15 minutes, and healthy ingredients like carrots and white beans, this stew is a no-brainer on a cold, snowy day.
Italian Wedding Soup with Chicken Meatballs
This next recipe is a healthy twist on the classic soup recipe everyone is familiar with – Italian Wedding! A lot of people probably have the wrong idea as to the origin of this soup. The Italian phrase “minestra maritata”, meaning “ married soup,” is in reference to green vegetables and meat going well together. Along the way, this was mistranslated to “wedding soup,” and is now a popular staple in many Italian restaurants in the United States.
Our wedding soup uses healthy chicken meatballs (Italian-style, of course!) as a substitute, and features other healthy staples like acini de pepe (pasta), carrots, celery and spinach.