16 Beat-the-Clock Stews
Slow-cooked flavors in 45 minutes or less
How does celebrity chef Tyler Florence juggle a booming empire and family life? With fast, flavorful recipes like this tasty seafood stew.
Recipe: Halibut, Clams, and Pancetta with Escarole
This dish, using canned hominy, takes a fraction of the time needed for regular posole. Serve with warm corn tortillas.
Recipe: Spicy Chicken Posole with Avocado and Lime
Chinese five-spice powder infuses this colorful stew with a warm, anise-y note.
Recipe: Chinese-style Beef, Sweet Potato, and Bok Choy Stew
This hearty, less-is-more stew riffs on rustic Italian flavors. Serve with crusty bread and a green salad.
Recipe: Escarole and Cannellini Bean Stew
Think of this as a fresher, green-herb-laced version of the French classic. Serve with a crusty baguette for dunking.
Recipe: White Wine Coq Au Vin
Wild rice gives this stew earthiness and is appealingly chewy (save time by buying it precooked). Serve with cornbread or polenta.
Recipe: Wild Rice, Butternut Squash, and Cannellini Stew
The addition of chipotle purée imparts a rich, 'tastes like it's been simmering for hours' flavor in this dish, which actually comes together in just about 30 minutes.
Recipe: Black Bean Chili
Light coconut milk in this stew works as a healthy alternative to the full-fat kind, and prepared Thai red curry paste, found in most supermarkets, makes it a snap to put together.
Recipe: Thai Red Curry Fish Stew
Boned, skinned chicken thighs are just as convenient as breasts, and they have an added advantage: Their succulent texture and robust flavor stand up well to braising.
Add the flavors of Italian salsa verde--bright parsley, tart lemon, piquant capers, and green olives--for a fresh, fast twist on cold-weather cooking.
Recipe: Chicken Stew with Olives and Lemon
This dish provides a meal's worth of protein, carbohydrates, and vegetables (plus a lot of fiber), so all you need on the side is a crisp green salad.
Recipe: Spicy Lentil Stew with Peppers and Onions
Any mix of seafood works well in this chewy-tender stew, which pairs beautifully atop nutritious quinoa.
Recipe: Spicy Seafood Stew
Spicy sausage, sweet potato, and saffron lend an exotic touch to this otherwise simple chowder.
Recipe: Halibut and Sweet Potato Chowder
This fragrant, buttery stew is hearty enough to work as a vegetarian main dish. Serve with a green salad and naan (Indian flatbread) or fresh pita.
Recipe: Split Pea-Squash Stew with Basil and Serrano
This Italian-style stew features vegetables from Spring's bounty, but replace fresh peas and artichokes with frozen and it's a simple dish to prepare year-round.
Recipe: Rustic Spring Vegetable Stew
This filling meal comes together fast, thanks in part to the ease of using canned beans, which are already soft and ready to go.
Recipe: Warm Tomato and White Bean Stew
Coconut milk smoothes out the assertive Chinese five-spice blend in this quick chicken dish.
Recipe: Singapore Chicken Stew