12 Soups and Stews That Freeze and Reheat Well

Soups and Stews That Reheat Well

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Soups and Stews That Reheat Well
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Soup Ahoy

Known for their rich, hearty flavors and high nutritional content, soups and stews are the ultimate comfort food. But as much as we love a good soup or stew (especially during nippy days), they can require significant effort and time to make. Plus, not all of them freeze well; some can lose flavor, texture, or become mushy and gross upon reheating. 

After investing hours to make them, it's only fair that you should get to enjoy the fruits of your labor for days to come (or at least for more than one meal). We've got you covered with this roundup of soups and stews that freeze and reheat well, so you can keep enjoying them throughout the week. 

Irish Beef Stew

1. Classic Beef Stew

This stew is perfect for chilly evenings and busy weeknights when you're craving something comforting and nutritious. Rich in both protein and fiber from the vegetables, this recipe is hearty, flavorful, and satisfying. But the best part is how the beef becomes more tender and flavorful each time you reheat it. 

Good in the freezer for up to 3 months, thaw overnight in the fridge, and then reheat slowly on the stove over medium-low heat for the best flavor and texture. 

Recipe: Dinner Then Dessert

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Serving of chicken noodle soup in a bowl

2. Chicken Noodle Soup

Known as a comfort food staple and a timeless remedy for colds, chicken noodle soup is another dish that freezes well (as long as you leave out the noodles). In order to maintain the perfect texture, cook and add the noodles when you're ready to serve after reheating. Chicken noodle soup can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Recipe: Bon Appetit

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lentil Soup with Crusty Bread on the table

3. Lentil Soup

A treat for both vegetarians and meat-lovers alike, this hearty soup is packed with protein and fiber. Lentils freeze well, and the flavors of the soup can intensify over time, making it a nutritious and satisfying option for any day. Plus, when cooked properly, lentils become meaty and tender — providing a texture that is reminiscent of ground meat.

Lentil soup can be stored in the freezer for up to 4-5 months. Reheat on the stove over low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. If too thick, add a little bit of water or broth to dilute it. 

Recipe: Cookie and Kate

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minestrone soup on the pot

4. Minestrone

This vegetable-packed Italian soup is known for its abundant health properties and offers a great way to use up leftovers. Some say that minestrone soup, which originated in Italy, offers longevity due to its combination of vegetables and legumes, which provide essential nutrients and antioxidants that can support overall health and well-being. 

Minestrone freezes well without pasta, which can be added when reheating. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. For best results, thaw in the fridge overnight and then reheat on the stove. Adjust for seasoning and add fresh pasta or rice at the end to ensure optimal texture and taste. 

Recipe: Love and Lemons

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ham and bean soup
ham and bean soup by John Watson (CC BY-NC)

5. Pea and Ham Soup

Thick and hearty, this soup does not skimp on flavor and offers a great source of protein and nutrients. It also freezes and reheats well by maintaining its texture and flavor. Store in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. 

Thaw overnight and reheat slowly in a saucepan, stirring frequently to prevent sticking and ensure even heating throughout. 

Recipe: Recipe Tin Eats

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Butternut & Red Pepper Soup

6. Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy and slightly sweet, this satisfying soup is packed with vitamins and fiber and freezes well without losing its taste or texture. Ideal for a light dinner or to serve as a starter, this creamy soup can taste even better after reheating. Store it in the freezer for up to 5 months. 

To defrost, reheat it on a stovetop over medium heat, stirring occasionally until hot. If needed, add a splash of cream or water to adjust the thickness to your liking. 

Recipe: All Recipes

Tomato sauce braised chickpeas in a pot, and grilled bread. Delicious vegetarian lunch on a rustic wooden background, top view

7. Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Spicy, hearty, and flavorful, this stew is perfect for those looking to switch it up and try something different. Packed with protein and fiber, this stew freezes well, and is ideal for warming up on cold days. It can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months and is best reheated slowly on the stovetop until warm. 

Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley, a dollop of yogurt, or a squeeze of lemon juice to elevate this zesty stew with a fresh and tangy element. Serve with bread. 

Recipe: Tasting Table 

Beef and Barley Soup

8. Beef Barley Soup

A robust option that combines tender chunks of beef with nutritious barley, this soup is ideal for those who need sustained energy throughout the day. Great for lunch or to enjoy on chilly evenings, this soup is filling and combines rich flavors with wholesome ingredients. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 4 months. 

To reheat, thaw it out in the fridge overnight and reheat on the stove over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until completely warmed through. Garnish with freshly cracked black pepper and a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley or thyme for a burst of freshness and color. 

Recipe: Spend With Pennies

Green pea soup

9. Split Pea Soup

Rich in fiber and protein, split pea soup is a hearty option that thickens when frozen, which can enhance its texture and taste after reheating. Ideal for a filling lunch or dinner, it reheats well with a splash of water or broth. This soup can be frozen for up to 3 months. 

For the best texture, thaw slowly in the fridge and then heat gently on the stove, adding water or stock as needed to thin the consistency. 

Recipe: Cooking Classy

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Homemade Turkey Chili Con Carne

10. Turkey Chili

A leaner alternative to traditional chili, turkey chili is hearty, nutritious, and freezes exceptionally well. It's perfect as a protein-packed meal after a busy day of work, or to enjoy with the whole family for dinner. It can also be customized to fit different tastes wit h toppings like sour cream, shredded cheese, and sliced jalapeños. 

It can be frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat it on a stovetop over low-medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated through. 

Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen

Homemade White Bean Soup

11. Kale and White Bean Stew

Offering a healthy dose of greens and protein, this stew freezes well and is ideal for those looking for a nutrient-rich meal that is both filling and comforting. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

To reheat, gently warm it up on the stove over low heat for a few minutes until warmed throughout. Add a bit of water or broth if it's too thick and garnish with a splash of olive oil and fresh black pepper. 

Recipe: Food and Wine

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12. Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

A comforting and nutritious option packed with tender beef and a variety of vegetables, this soup is ideal for nippy days, or for whenever you're craving something warm and comforting. It can also be made in a crockpot or slow cooker for a hearty meal that calls for minimal ingredients and effort. 

Store it in an airtight container and freeze it for up to 3 months. To defrost, thaw it overnight in the fridge then reheat on the stove over medium heat, stirring occasionally until hot. Garnish with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese and some fresh parsley or chives for an added touch of texture and flavor.

Recipe: Food.com

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