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Vegetable Dumpling Soup

Loaded with healthy vegetables, this vegan Vegetable Dumpling Soup is winter hearty, and extra comforting, thanks to the fluffy – and so easy-to-make – homemade herbed dumplings.

Vegetable Dumpling Soup in a pot

Vegetable soup is the ultimate comfort food in my soup-lovin’ book, because, first, it’s so easy to learn how to make homemade vegetable soup (even if you’re fairly new to this whole home cooking thang). Second, vegetable soup is loaded with healthy ingredients, and yet still completely lovable and craveable, even to people who are otherwise skeptical about seeing that many veggies staring back at them all at once.

But, this vegetable soup is extra appealing because of the plump little dumplings that sit pretty as a picture right on top. And these dumplings? They’re dairy-free. So, if you avoid milk products or have vegans in the family, this soup will make everyone happy!

Chopped vegetables on cutting board for Vegetable Dumpling Soup.

Another beautiful thing about vegetable dumpling soup is that you can use just about any combination of veggies you have on hand. As you can see from the photo above, I went all out with this batch, and stuffed veggies into my shopping cart like there was no tomorrow.

But if your fam just isn’t feeling the fennel, that’s okay: leave it out. Love Yukon potatoes? Bring ’em right in there. Homemade vegetable soup is also a great way to use up those veggies in the fridge that are juuuust about to go sideways.

Vegan dumpling dough close-up on a spoon, for Vegetarian Dumpling Soup

How to make vegan dumplings for soup from scratch

Now, about these dumplings! Dumplings in soup sound like something that might’ve come from your Grandma’s secret file of family heirloom recipes, right? But they’re so easy, that once you make them, you won’t even need a recipe, and you’ll want to start adding vegan dumplings to all of your winter soups.

You only need some flour, some creamy fat (in the form of homemade vegan cashew buttermilk), baking powder, olive oil, salt, and fresh chopped herbs. Mix the dough together with a spoon (no machinery required), and spoon them into the soup.

Even your kids could help with this one!

Vegan dumplings cooking in vegetable soup.

While the veggies simmer in their seasoned broth, the dumplings fluff up and fill the pot.

Also, your kitchen will fill up with aromas that will drive everyone crazy and make the tummies rumble.

Vegetable Dumpling Soup in a pot.

Unlike the chicken and dumplings you might have had in your youth, which are light colored, the dumplings in this soup will absorb the beautiful broth and turn the most delectable rustic color.

Close-up of spoonful of vegetable dumpling soup.

Reasons to love vegetable-loaded Vegetable Dumpling Soup

  • The vegetables in the soup cook down to a tender consistency, so that peeps who don’t like the crunchiness of raw vegetables won’t have issues with texture.
  • The tomato paste, smoked paprika, chili powder, and turmeric not only create a gorgeously colored soup, but the flavors are rich and smoky.
  • Who can resist fluffy soup dumplings dotted with fresh herbs!

If you’re pressed for time, you can even make the soup ahead (let cool and stash it in the fridge), and then reheat and make the dumplings the day you serve.

This is winter comfort soup at it’s best! I hope you enjoy. 🙂

Karen xo

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Vegetable Dumpling Soup

Loaded with healthy vegetables, this vegan Vegetable Dumpling Soup is winter hearty, and extra comforting, thanks to the fluffy - and so easy to make - homemade herbed dumplings.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegetable dumpling soup
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Karen Gibson

Ingredients

For the soup*:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 leek, sliced into half moons, then chopped (white and light green parts only)
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small poblano pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 4 ounces cremini or button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped broccoli stems**
  • 1 small sweet potato, diced***
  • 1 small fennel, anise bulb, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth

For the dumplings:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup cashew buttermilk (recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter or olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon leaves (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 teaspoons minced chives

Instructions

Make the soup

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 4-5 quart Dutch oven or soup pot over medium until shimming. (Tip: A nice wide pot, rather than tall, will give room for lots of dumplings.) Add all of the soup vegetables (through the garlic) to the pot. Saute until the veggies are tender, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Scootch the veggies to one side of the pot, and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil the cleared space. Spoon the tomato paste, spices, and salt, over the broth and stir in place to create a fragrant paste. Then mix into the vegetables.
  • Add the broth, and increase heat to medium-high. Bring the soup to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to medium-low to maintain an active simmer.

Make the dumplings

  • While the soup simmers, add the flour, baking powder and salt to a medium mixing bowl. Stir well to combine.
  • Pour the cashew buttermilk into a small microwaveable bowl, along with the butter or oil. Heat for 30 seconds.
  • Add the buttermilk to the flour, along with the herbs, and stir until the dough is shaggy. Don't over-mix.
  • Spoon about a tablespoon of dough into the soup. The dough ball might look small, but remember they'll expand (and you want them to fit on a dinner spoon anyway). Continue adding dough balls, leaving a little space in between, until the surface of the soup is covered. (You might not use all of the dough.)
  • Let the dumplings cook for 15 minutes in the simmering soup, and then use a spoon to flip each of them over. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes more.
  • Garnish the soup with additional fresh herbs, if desired, and serve.

Notes

* You can substitute the vegetables listed here for 3 cups of your favorites. Chopped them to the same size for even cooking.
** Use the florets for a salad or roast them for snacks!
*** I used a white-fleshed Asian variety in these photos; feel free to use orange-fleshed.

Nutrition

Calories: 301kcal
Nutritional information, if shown, is provided as a courtesy only, and is not to be taken as medical information or advice. The nutritional values of your preparation of this recipe are impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to, the ingredient brands you use, any substitutions or measurement changes you make, and measuring accuracy.

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Bev

Sunday 2nd of February 2020

I've been in search of the perfect dumpling for years and this dumpling is very very close. I can taste the baking powder so next time I'll only try 1 tsp. Thanks.

Meredith

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

I've made this soup several times this winter, and it's become a family favorite. I now want to put dumplings in everything haha!

Sarah

Thursday 21st of February 2019

This soup was sooo good! I ended up using some leftover regular buttermilk that I had in the fridge, but, the dumplings were so easy, and the kids loved scooping them out of the pan. Big hit here, especially after a day of playing in the snow!