Knowing the difference between soup and stew isn’t something that is really going to make you a better chef. However, it is often a topic that comes up as many people get more and more into cooking. So it’s a topic that I’ve decided to tackle here in my cooking lessons series. Both soups and stews rely on the same base ingredients cooked in liquid, but the main difference here is that stews use less liquid. Now if it were really just that simple, that’s where this post would end, but there’s a bit more to it than that.