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Classic Soups and Stews Perfect for Fall

Bookmark these archive finds as your go-to recipes for those chilly fall evenings.

Corn Chowder

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The flavors of fall come together in this 1931 recipe for corn chowder. Our editors recommended serving this dish alongside cheese sticks, cranberry relish, a "combination vegetable salad," upside-down cherry pies, and coffee. It's the perfect recipe for informal entertaining or a cozy dinner.

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Old-Time Beef Stew

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If you're looking for a hearty dish to serve up this fall, Old-Time Beef Stew has you covered. The key to this dish? "It's the browning -- long and lazy -- that gives the stew the rich color and flavor" (Better Homes & Gardens, "Old-Time Beef Stew," February 1962). Serve alongside creamy slaw and homemade bread for a meal that's sure to please.

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Black Forest Potato Soup

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Soups don't have to be the main course; they can serve as the perfect appetizer too. The February 1962 issue of Better Homes & Gardens noted that "a special dinner calls for an extra special beginning" ("Soups On"). Kick off your evening with Black Forest Potato Soup, served with sour cream and pumpernickel croutons.

Or opt for this Appetizer Broccoli Soup featuring tarragon and wine, shown here in the lower left corner.

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Seafood Gumbo

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"Hot and spicy, just the way gumbo should be!" This recipe from the October 1987 issue ("Make-Ahead Cooking") not only packs a punch but is also designed for prepping ahead of time. Featuring green peppers and ground red pepper, this recipe is sure to warm you up on chilly fall evenings.

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Curried Pumpkin Soup

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Can't get enough pumpkin? Try our 1996 recipe for Curried Pumpkin Soup served in a hollowed-out pumpkin. For the best results, "choose a round pumpkin with a flat bottom so it won't tip as you serve" ("Bewitching Pumpkin Soup," October 1996).

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Chicken-Butternut Squash Soup

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Put a twist on your classic butternut squash soup and add rotisserie chicken just before serving for a quick and memorable meal. This 2009 recipe ("Lovin' Spoonfuls") also includes roasted onions and curry powder to kick this fall favorite up a notch.

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