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44 Easy Stew Recipes

This is a collection of 44 Easy Stew Recipes from all over the world. Check them out, and learn about new ingredients and great flavors.

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What is a stew and what is the difference between soup and stew.

I am glad we have this conversation because I have wanted to talk about this for a long time now. I see a lot of recipes out there that are called stews, when in fact, they are actually soups.

While stews and soups might use the same ingredients, they are not the same.

What is the same:

Soups and stews use a combination of vegetables and meat, sometimes just meat, or just vegetables (when you make them vegetarian), cooked in liquid.

They can be made on the stove or in a pressure cooker.

What is not the same:

The amount of liquid:

What makes a huge difference is the amount of liquid used for each. Stews always contain less liquid than soup, and the liquid is thicker, like a sauce.

When you make a stew, the liquid is supposed to barely cover the meat and vegetables. This liquid could be just water or broth.

The size of the ingredients:

The ingredients are chunkier than in a soup.

The way stews are cooked:

Stews also simmer over low heat for extended amounts of time. The liquid reduces and becomes thicker.

They are also served on their own, or often as a topping for solid starchy side dishes like polenta, mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta. Sometimes, the stew liquid is thickened with flour.

Conclusion: Soups are NOT stews, and stews are NOT soups, so let’s not get confused anymore about that. 🙂

Make this Carne Con Tomate or Meat in Tomato Sauce:

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Stews are an important part of any cuisine around the globe

  • Balanced meals– Stews provide a good amount of vegetables, meat, and starches, as a perfect balance for your nutritional well being.
  • Stews are economically– as the recipes usually require ingredients that are common and easy to find, like cheap cuts of meat, or vegetables that are available all year round. A pot of stew feeds a crowd, so this type of meals are suitable for families with numerous members, at big gatherings or places where people are in need of food.
  • Slow and low– Stews are made by using slow cooking methods (unless you use a pressure cooker to speed up the process), so tough cuts of mear are tenderized.
  • Stews are flavorful– Because of the slow cooking process, the ingredients have the time to become friendly with each other, making the stews flavorful and comforting especially during the cold season.
  • Less energy– As the cooking on the stove is done on low temperatures, stewing consumes less energy.
  • Stews are beautiful dishes– The vegetables and meats used in these recipes retain their own juice and aromas, making the meal a rich and interesting choice of textures and flavors.

This collection of 44 easy stew recipes is designed to inspire you to go into the kitchen and make something delicious for your family or friends. Enjoy!

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44 Easy Stew Recipes

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Maggie

Monday 14th of March 2022

They all look so good. I don't know where to start! LOL. :)

Gloria

Sunday 13th of March 2022

This is a post for stew lovers. Lots of delicious options here. Now, which one will I try first? Maybe the lamb?

The Bossy Kitchen

Sunday 13th of March 2022

Anything you like, Gloria! :-) Thank you for visiting.

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

Saturday 12th of March 2022

So many delicious stews! Thanks ever so much for including one of my recipes!

The Bossy Kitchen

Saturday 12th of March 2022

Thank you as well!

Christina

Friday 11th of March 2022

Great idea to have so many wonderful stew recipes to choose from! THanks so much, I love this as a reference for these comfort food recipes!

The Bossy Kitchen

Saturday 12th of March 2022

Thank you, Christina!