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Culinary personality Rachael Ray knows her soups and stews. Here are three of her recipes rated highly by the celebrity cook’s fans on Food Network’s website. From her Spaghetti and Meatball Stoup to her spin on Italian classic Pasta e Fagioli, here are just a few of Ray’s popular soups and stews.

Celebrity cook Rachael Ray during a 2020 Food Network event.
Celebrity cook Rachael Ray | Getty Images/Getty Images for NYCWFF

Rachael Ray’s ‘Why the Chicken Crossed the Road Santa-Fe-Tastic Tortilla Soup’

Ray has become known throughout her career for assigning clever acronyms and nicknames in the kitchen. Extra Virgin Olive Oil became EVOO thanks to Ray, and Chicken Tortilla Soup has taken on the recipe title, “Why the Chicken Crossed the Road Santa-Fe-Tastic Tortilla Soup.”

With a soup packed with corn, red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, garlic, adobo pepper, tomatoes, and of course chicken, it’s easy to see why the Rachael Ray Show star’s recipe received well over 300 multiple-star reviews on Food Network’s site.

“This is one of my favorite soups of all time. I saute the chicken and then just throw all the ingredients in the crockpot and let it cook all day while I’m at work. It turns out soooo good!! The longer it cooks the better. Top it off with some cilantro and tortilla chips and it’s heavenly!,” said one home cook on the site.

Get the full recipe and reviews on the Food Network site.

Ray’s spin on Italian favorite Pasta e Fagioli

On FN’s page for Ray’s recipe, she writes, “I could live on this recipe — a quick version of my Gran’pa Emmanuel’s masterwork.” Italian for “pasta and beans,” Ray’s Pasta e Fagioli delivers, with pancetta, fresh herbs including rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves, cannellini beans, and bite-sized ditalini pasta. This hearty stew is a meal in itself. Ray tops it off with Parmesan cheese for an extra Italian touch.

Nearly 300 reviews on FN’s site prove the soup’s a winner. Even an Italian home cook sang its praises: “Fabulous! Very easy to make! I use bacon instead of pancetta and usually cook the pasta [separately]. My very Italian family LOVES it and says it is the best they’ve ever had. My parents (who are very good Italian cooks) request it every time they come for dinner.”

Rachael Ray’s Pasta e Fagioli recipe and reviews can be found on Food Network’s site.


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Spaghetti and Meatball Stoup is a hit with kids

With nearly 250 reviews, Ray’s Spaghetti and Meatball Stoup is so named because of its “stew-but-also-a-soup” characteristics (thus, “stoup”). This is no light-brothed soup. Instead, eaters may need a fork and spoon to enjoy it as it’s packed with, of course, spaghetti, meatballs made from ground pork, veal, and beef, fresh herbs, tomato sauce, as well as warming chicken stock.

Food Network fans noted that this fun-to-eat stoup is especially popular with kids.

“My picky kids love it and you can use any kind of meat/poultry for the meatballs and any kind of pasta to make it very lean and heart-healthy,” said one reviewer.

Another home cook added, “Three kids, three different tastes and they ALL love this! As do me and dad! Super easy, super tasty. Highly recommend!”

Get this recipe on Rachael Ray’s show website.