Chef John's Soups and Stews

Soups, stews and chili recipes provided by Chef John.

Staff Picks

American French Onion Soup

Rating: 5 stars 94
This recipe takes French onion soup and gives it a few American twists that are going to make it a little bit easier.

Chef John's Butternut Bisque

Rating: 5 stars 58
For a winter special occasion or just a weekday meal, this butternut bisque makes a perfect, warming starter course. The snipped chives and pomegranate garnishes add a festive touch, but you can also use crumbled bacon and a swirl of crème fraiche.

Beef, Bean, and Beer Chili

Rating: 4.5 stars 196
This ground beef-based chili is flavored with cumin, ancho chilies, and cocoa powder.

Hungarian Potato and Sausage Soup

Rating: 5 stars 74
When the going gets tough, the tough make soup! There are certain recipes that comfort the body and soul in a profound way and this hearty potato and sausage soup is in that class. I think you'll agree it's one of the best things you've had in a long time. The savory flavor from smoked sausage and the earthy sweetness from onions and cabbage are balanced perfectly with a splash of vinegar and a bit of sour cream, all brought together by soft and tender potatoes--the only way this gets better is serving it with a nice hunk of buttered, crusty bread.

Cauliflower Soup with Blue Cheese Fritters

Rating: 4.5 stars 22
Sometimes an idea for a recipe pops into my head and even before I make it, I have a pretty good idea on what the results will be like. To say I was happy with the results would be a serious understatement. Soup is comforting, soothing, soul-warming – not something that chefs normally day-dream about. This soup was a different story. It may be the single greatest soup I have every made.

Red Lentil Soup with Lemon-Mint Yogurt

Rating: 5 stars 29
This soup is easy to get excited about as it is delicious, satisfying, comforting, and beautiful--but it's also, thanks to the lentils, kinda meaty. When you're eating this, it really doesn't seem like a vegetable-based soup. Garnish with thinly sliced mint.

Chef John's Homemade Chicken Stock

Rating: 4.5 stars 55
There's nothing like homemade chicken stock. It does take a long time to simmer, but the procedure is really quite simple.

Avgolemono Soup

Rating: 5 stars 77
Avgolemono is one of those soups that I've made many times, but rarely from scratch. It's usually a 'there's nothing in the house' type of thing and made with a carton of broth. Even in its quick-and-easy form it's a delicious and comforting meal, but when you use a fresh whole chicken, it becomes epic. Garnish with parsley and lemon zest.

Caldo Verde (Portuguese Sausage Kale Soup)

Rating: 5 stars 54
This soup is so hearty and comforting, you'll almost forget how good it is for you. And it's perfect for cold weather with the spicy sausage, kale, potatoes, and plenty of chicken broth.

Chef John's Minestrone Soup

Rating: 5 stars 367
This is the type of dish I never make the same way twice, but I hope you give this amazing minestrone recipe a try soon, but only once.

Stracciatella Soup

Rating: 5 stars 23
Stracciatella is often referred to as 'Italian egg drop soup,' which is fine, but knowing the name actually means little, torn rags or shreds works so much better metaphorically. When you've been run ragged, stracciatella is always there for you. As you eat this, hopefully with some nice crusty bread, imagine all those little 'rags' floating in the bowl are all your torn-up problems, both real and imagined. They were there, and then they were gone. You just won--with soup.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Most Comforting Soup Recipes
These hearty Chef John soup recipes offer tons of variety, from familiar classics like split pea and chicken noodle to exciting international soups, including minestrone and sopa de ajo.
Ham and Split Pea Soup Recipe - A Great Soup
Rating: 5 stars 757

With the slightly sweet, somewhat salty, and subtly smoky flavor of the ham, this hearty soup is the ideal fall or winter soup -- a great one for lunches, or as a starter for dinner.