Although the origins of chili are murky, the two basic elements of the dish, beef and hot chile peppers, have long been prevalent in the plains of the American Southwest. The historical record has Texas cowboys cooking chili over campfires in the early 1800s, and even today the Lone Star State remains the spiritual home of chili culture.
Everyone's favorite, chicken soup with noodles, is comforting and satisfying but also super easy to make -- largely due to the fact that there are so many ways to transform chicken broth, vegetables, and noodles. With different flavorings and types of noodles, the bowl takes on a distinct personality.
Endlessly versatile soups, stews, and chili are an essential part of the vegetarian repertoire. Packed with vegetables, and often filled with protein-rich beans, these meatless recipes can be great starters or a complete meal in a bowl.