12/07/2014 10:35 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

5 Hearty Soups and Stews to Warm You Up

1. White Chicken Chili


I've tried many white chicken chili recipes over the years, but none as satisfying as this one. The best part is that it's made with a rotisserie chicken, which makes it a one-pot meal you can have on the dinner table in under an hour. GET THE RECIPE

2. Chicken & Matzo Ball Soup


The soup is a bit of a "potschke," as my mother would say (meaning it requires some fussing) but once the prep work is done, you pretty much throw everything into a pot and forget it. If you have two large pots, you might as well double the recipe and freeze some for later -- you'll be glad you did. GET THE RECIPE

3. French Lentil & Vegetable Soup with Bacon


Bacon lends a wonderful smoky flavor to this elegant lentil soup. It's made with French green lentils, which hold their shape when cooked and thicken the soup without turning it to sludge. GET THE RECIPE

4. Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes


This is a classic French beef stew, otherwise known as Beef Bourguignon. The meat is seared in olive oil first, then slowly braised with garlic and onions in a wine-based broth. After a few hours in the oven, the meat becomes meltingly tender and enveloped in a rich, deeply flavored sauce. With over 200 reviews, it's one of my most popular recipes. GET THE RECIPE

5. Smoky Chickpea, Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup


If you're in need of a little pick-me-up, this soul-satisfying soup is just the ticket. Here's what I love about it: you can make it with ingredients you likely have on hand; it's ready in 30 minutes yet tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen; it's vegetarian and healthy; and, it's hearty enough, along with a salad and loaf of good bread, to be a complete meal. GET THE RECIPE