There's something extremely comforting about curling up on a freezing winter day with a hot bowl of steamy soup. So, we've compiled 11 of our best soup, stew, and ragout recipes for the next time the temperature dips in your area.
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It's December. Winter isn't coming—it's here. And unlike directors more interested in Netflix and a galaxy far, far away than finishing what they started, the cold weather isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

But we digress. When the temperatures dip outside, it necessitates warmth inside. And we don't just mean turning the thermostat up. No, we are getting all Chicken Soup for the Soul on you and saying that you'll need some stalwart recipes to keep you roasty toasty during the cold days to come. Luckily, we have just the thing: 11 of our best-reviewed soups and stews.

As an added bonus, all of these recipes are available to schedule into your weekly Cooking Light Diet menus. So go forth and share these soon-to-be staples with everyone you know that's in need of a new favorite soup or stew. And stay warm out there, friends!

Italian Wedding Soup

This ready-in-25-minutes, under-250-calories-per-serving soup is sure to soothe even the coldest of family members (we're looking at you, Aunt Karen). To save several steps, substitute the pasta mixture with whole-grain spaghetti instead.

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White Chili with Avocado Cream

Avocado and sour cream provide a cooling counterbalance to the jalapeño pepper and serrano chile in this delicious chili. If you're looking for a filling new chili recipe with a kick of heat, this is it.

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Hearty Tortellini Soup

Your wintry vegetarian go-to. Just make sure the soup is cooled down before adding in your tortellini, or you risk them absorbing too much liquid and losing texture.

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Italian Turkey and Orzo Soup

This quick soup recipe makes for a perfect last-minute dinner. Everything comes together in your Dutch oven in just 20 minutes.

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Chicken and Gnocchi Dumpling Soup

This soup was recently featured in a roundup of best comfort food recipes, so we had to include it here, too. Store-bought gnocchi makes this recipe super fast.

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Beef and Guinness Stew

Beef and beer—this stew will be Dad's new favorite cold weather treat. It's hearty, and it goes great with any extra Guinness you may have laying around.

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Sausage, Cannellini, and Tomato Ragout

Red wine gives this stew "added depth and richness," while the sausage and beans will leave you feeling full despite a serving size packing only 288 calories.

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Quick Chicken Noodle Soup

Just about everyone has had chicken noodle soup when recovering from sickness. While not quite as fast as the canned variety, this classic only takes 25 minutes to make and tastes twice as good.

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Cheesy Potato Soup

Creamy, cheesy, soul-warming potato soup at only 225 calories per serving. This is Cooking Light.

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Rich Chicken Soup with Fresh Noodles

Introduce your family to the wonders of miso, which gives this revamped classic a complex and savory flavor profile. Plus, there's white wine in the broth.

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Baked Potato Soup

Feed a crowd with this delicious, easy-to-make creamy delight. And because it was developed by Ann Taylor Pittman, we know you're going to love it.


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