Soups and stews are so much alike you may not have ever realized there is a difference. While they both contain a singular item, or a mixture of.
What's the difference between soup and 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.
So how can you tell the difference between soups and stews? Soups tend to be thinner, while stews tend to be thicker with more meats and vegetables.