Soup & Stew? In theory, a soup is a combination of vegetables, meat or fish cooked in liquid. A stew is any dish that's prepared by stewing - that is, the food is barely covered with liquid and simmered for a long time in a covered pot. On this page you will find all your favorite African soup & stew recipes. These can be served with almost any staple food, rice, fufu, the yam, with plantains and so on.