Essential Western Cookbook: Best Soup and Stew Recipes

These are the top-rated and most reviewed soup recipes from The Sunset Essential Western Cookbook.

  • Speedy Chicken Posole with Avocado and Lime
    Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker

    Speedy Chicken Posole with Avocado and Lime

    This dish, using canned hominy, takes a fraction of the time needed for regular posole. Serve with warm corn tortillas.

  • Broccolini and Chickpea Dal
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey

    Broccolini and Chickpea Dal

    Here's how to make some masala magic–on the healthy side. With the right seasonings, a potentially plain bowl of legumes becomes supremely flavorful and comforting. The broccolini is not at all traditional to India–but delicious.

  • Tepary Bean and Fennel Ragout
    Photo: Yuhnee Kim; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Tepary Bean and Fennel Ragout

    This stew is also delicious made with other Southwest heirloom beans or regular pintos.

  • Tiered Tomato Soup
    James Carrier

    Tiered Tomato Soup

    This eye-popping chilled soup floats a red stratum of tomato soup on a green layer of avocado soup. Clear straight-sided glasses or wineglasses to show off the soup's layers.

  • Carrot Soup with Dungeness Crab
    Leo Gong; Charles Gullung

    Carrot Soup with Dungeness Crab

    Serve this lively soup, a fine showcase for Dungeness crab, to brighten up a winter day.

  • Chicken Laksa
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Chicken Laksa

    This spicy Chicken Laksa is a Malaysian soup that may have a long list of ingredients, but it's super easy. Malaysian kitchens weave Chinese, Indian, and Malay culinary strands into a complex cuisine.

  • Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili
    Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson  

    Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

    Bacon, fire-roasted tomatoes, and spicy smoked paprika give this easy-to-make chili recipe a deep, complex flavor. While it's great right after you make it, it's even better the next day. Serve with warm cornbread for a complete meal.
  • Tortilla Soup
    David Prince

    Tortilla Soup

    The charm here lies in the toppings, which guests can customize to their liking. This soup is a simple, yet popular weeknight favorite that will never disappoint on a chilly winter evening.

  • Fresh Herb and Tofu Curry
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey

    Fresh Herb and Tofu Curry

    Santa Cruz, California, cookbook writer and cooking teacher Andrea Nguyen based this fragrant, creamy coconut-milk curry on one from James Syhabout's Hawker Fare, in Oakland. Use asparagus or green beans instead of bok choy if you like, and serve it with steamed jasmine rice—or a warm baguette.

  • Lentil Stew with Winter Vegetables
    Annbelle Breakey

    Lentil Stew with Winter Vegetables

    Western farmers grow all manner of lentils, including the green ones called French or lentilles du Puy, which cook up firm and nutty. Combine them with root vegetables, kale, and squash for a deeply satisfying winter meal.

  • The Sunset Essential Western Cookbook
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    The Sunset Essential Western Cookbook

    Take in all the West has to offer with even more best-loved classics and fresh new favorites from The Sunset Essential Western Cookbook.  

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