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Beat The Winter Chill: 7 Comforting Soups And Stews

Little is more comforting on a cold winter day than a big bowl of hot soup or stew. From Pasta e Fagioli to Beef Bourgignon, these recipes will warm you and make you happy.
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Little is more comforting on a cold winter day than a big bowl of hot soup or stew. From Pasta e Fagioli to Beef Bourgignon, these recipes will warm you and make you happy.

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Pasta e fagioli -- literally "pasta and beans" -- is a hearty and heartwarming Italian soup, perfect for a chilly night. There are countless recipes but this one, adapted from Chef Joe Cicala's recipe in the The Washington Post, is the best I've tried. Serve it with Rosemary Focaccia and a Big Italian Salad . GET THE RECIPE

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In this classic French beef stew, otherwise known as Beef Bourguignon, chunks of beef are slowly braised with garlic and onions in a wine-based broth. After a few hours, the meat becomes meltingly tender and enveloped in a rich, deeply flavored sauce. With over 550 reviews, it's one of my most popular recipes. GET THE RECIPE

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Made with a rotisserie chicken and canned coconut milk, this easy version of Mulligatawny soup is a one-pot supper that you can have on the table in 45 minutes. I like to serve it with a scoop of basmati rice but, really, store-bought or homemade naan is all you need to complete the meal. GET THE RECIPE

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In this hearty and comforting Irish stew, lamb is braised in a flavorful Guinness-spiked broth until fall-apart tender. And the vegetables are added at just the right time so they don't get mushy. GET THE RECIPE

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This is the ultimate tomato soup, and it's incredibly easy to make. The only chopping involves some onions, garlic and basil, and the rest comes out of cartons and jars (though you'd never know by tasting it). GET THE RECIPE

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This hearty vegetarian soup is ready in 30 minutes yet tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen. Plus, it's made with pantry staples you can always keep on hand. GET THE RECIPE

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This soup is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight, but elegant enough for the fanciest dinner party. The mild nuttiness of the cauliflower, sweetness of the apples and heat of the curry blend together into a creamy and seductive soup. GET THE RECIPE