Nothing is more comforting on a cold day than a warm, hearty bowl of stew. Stews are part of almost every cuisine, from classic French beef bourguignon, to Brazilian moqueca, to the endless varieties of Moroccan tagines. Not only are stews delicious, they’re also a great way to make use of what’s around—which in the winter months may not be much. Stews transform tougher, less expensive cuts of meat like lamb shoulder or flatiron steak; simply simmer the protein with seasonal vegetables and a flavorful broth and you’ve got a satisfying, one-pot meal. Food & Wine’s guide to stew includes inspired dishes from around the globe plus favorite recipes from Jacques Pepin, Gail Simmons and more of the F&W family. Winter: we’re ready for you.

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Gochujang Cioppino

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Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple makes his zippy cioppino with shrimp, squid, mussels and cod, then, to give it a lively Korean twist, he also includes tofu and gochujang (Korean red pepper paste). Slideshow: More Stew Recipes 

Pork Meatball Stew with Carrots and Pickled Mustard Greens

Rich pork broth—made with pork butt and smoked ham—brings together this comforting stew from brothers Andrew and Eric Dayton’s restaurant The Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis. Slideshow: More Hearty Stew Recipes 

13 Amazing Beef Stew Recipes

From a beef stew in red wine sauce to a slow cooker Korean beef stew, here are fantastic beef stew recipes.

Hunter’s Stew with Duck Legs and Cannellini Beans

Bowls of this hearty stew, filled with cannellini beans, gold potatoes, and duck meat, are served with toasted baguette to soak up the delicious broth. If duck stock and legs are unavailable, substitute chicken stock and legs, or make your own duck stock by following this recipe.

Turmeric Chicken Stew

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In this version of chicken stew from Food & Wine’s Paige McCurdy-Flynn, hominy takes place of noodles, and add fresh turmeric and lime juice add an irresistible deep flavor.  If you can’t find fresh turmeric, 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric can be substituted.  Slideshow: More Stew Recipes 

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Best Recipes Ever: Stews and One-Pot Dishes

F&W's editors combed through the more than 10,000 recipes we've published in our 35 years of existence to find the very best. Here are some of our super comforting stews and one-pot meals, including everything from Mexican-style pozole to seafood-packed gumbo.

Harissa White Bean Stew with Turmeric Yogurt

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Cookbook author Sarah DiGregorio adds depth and heat to her hearty white bean stew by adding harissa twice: first for the long simmer in the slow cooker, then at the end, to finish the dish with some bright heat. Slideshow: More Hearty Stews Recipes 

Hominy Stew with Bacon

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Chef JJ Johnson makes hominy the star in this humble, delicious stew. The maize kernels absorb flavor as they simmer while retaining a slight chew. Aromatics sauté in the rendered fat from crispy bacon, which is later used a garnish for each serving. Slideshow: More Hearty Stew Recipes