Monday, February 17, 2014

Yummy Vegetarian Dumpling Soup

Soup is one of my favorite foods (alongside rice) and such a versatile food that I never get sick of it. So I'm always on the look out for new soup recipes or ideas. (One I'm not sure I have the gumption to try - cold soup. Have you had it?)

Enter this Chickpeas & Dumplings soup by Kiersten. 
my small first helping - it smelled strongly of thyme and I wasn't sure I'd like it!
It's the vegetarian version of Chicken & Dumplings soup, one of my top 5 favorites. We had almost all the ingredients on hand, so I made this the day she posted it. It was amazing! Even Mr. G, who was pretty certain he didn't like dumplings, loved this soup.

The first picture is when I had just dropped in the dumplings. Second picture is 20 minutes of simmering later. So cool!
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I made a few small changes to the recipe:
  • left out the chickpeas because we didn't have any in the pantry (thought about substituting edamame in their place, but the soup was hearty already, so I didn't)
  • omitted the dill, paprika, and bay leaf and added 1/2 teaspoon each of nutmeg and dry mustard because I had them on hand
  • used broth in place of the white wine
Finding recipes like this one make me so excited. It's easy, vegetarian, delicious, and uses up all those random veggies I have left at the end of the week. Win! :)

Are you a soup fan? What's your favorite?

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26 comments:

  1. That soup looks amazing! We are definitely soup fans here. I probably stick to fairly basic ones but all tried-and-true favorites. We love pumpkin soup, potato and leek & spicy tomato soup. But I'd love to try a 'hearty' soup like this one - it might be more filling as an entire meal in itself. I think my husband would love that recipe.

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    1. Those all sound yummy! We adore tomato soup (I usually pair it with grilled cheese sandwiches) - but I don't think I've ever made it spicy before. I'll have to try it :)

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  2. The BF doesn't believe in soup, but I'll make it in winter to have a healthy lunch everyday (big batch that I take to work over and over). See this recipe isn't about the soup to me - it's ALL about the dumplings! I can't go past a dumpling - whether it's the pastry wrapped delight in Chinese restaurants, or this more European version, which is breadier, I love them all!

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    1. He doesn't believe in soup?! I've never heard of such a thing!

      This was the first time I've ever made a dumpling soup, and they came out amazing (if I do say so myself). Light and fluffy! It made four total servings for us - so the leftovers would last you well into the workweek. :)

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  3. I have never heard of light and fluffy dumplings, LOL! I will have to try it. I've had two cold soups - one a gazpacho and another an Eastern European cherry soup. I was not wild about either, I suppose because I'm just too accustomed to thinking soup "should" be hot!

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    1. I've had the more dense kind of dumpling and the fried kind that's filled with something. I like 'em all! :)

      Yes, whenever I think about cold soup, I just can't imagine enjoying eating chilly liquid. I'll try it one day!

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  4. I could eat soup every single day! Cold soups would probably be called smoothies these days. Classics are vichyssoise, beet borscht, and gazpacho -- all yummy. I've never had a fruit soup, but I'd be game. I love chicken and dumplings . now I have a craving.

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    1. I could eat soup every day too. I hope you can satisfy that craving ;)

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  5. I can't do cold soups - have tried it and don't like it. Love chicken and dumpling soup - with and without the chicken :-)

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    1. Oh well, at least you can say you tried it cold! This was my first time making this soup without the chicken, and I didn't miss it at all :)

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  6. I love soup and make a different kind almost every week during the cooler months. I even posted about my quest to find an old fashioned butternut bisque this week.

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    1. Ooh, I'll have to check that out. I've never made a butternut bisque.

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  7. I love soups, but not so much the cold ones. Nice to see a vegetarian dumpling soup recipe. Thanks :).

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    1. It's so nice to see there are tons of other soup lovers out there! Yes, I love when people make meat recipes vegetarian :)

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  8. You are right, it's the perfect way to use up veggies in the frig.

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    1. Yep, and I always seem to at least a few veggies left over!

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  9. Other than gazpacho I don't do cold soup. Just a idea of it problem. Sure its delicious along with many other things I don't eat like oysters. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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    1. Even when I ate seafood, I couldn't eat oysters! The texture was the gross part for me.

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  10. I love soup, especially during the winter. My 13-year old son won't eat any kind of soup. Ever. Can you guess he's the picky eater in my family, LOL?

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    1. No soup - ever?! That's too bad. He's missing out!

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  11. Your soup looks great!

    I love cold soups, especially gazpacho and melon soup. I think what turned me on to them was eating them on truly hot days, with no air conditioning. They were perfection, and so refreshing.

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    1. Good point! I crave cool foods on hot days too, so maybe I should save my cold soup experiment for summer.

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  12. It's certainly been a soup-rich winter season for us too. This vegetarian take on an old favorite looks very tempting.

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    1. Yes, there's nothing like a warm soup when it's cold outside. :) I hope you like this soup if you try it!

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  13. I love soup, too! Would have to leave out the dumplings in this one, because of the carbs (Yes, I know the dumplings are the best part!) but the soup alone sounds tasty, too.

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    1. Oh, that's too bad. The dumplings were my favorite part, but the veggies were good too. :)

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