Dumpling Soup

It doesn’t get any more basic than this. Well, unless you just warm up stock and drink it. I always crave this simple soup when I’m feeling under the weather. My mom used to make something similar when I was growing up and this soup reminds me of home.

Because it has so few ingredients, it is really important to use a good quality, flavorful stock. I rarely say that homemade is the only way to go in my recipes but in this one, using homemade stock really does make a difference in the final product. If you don’t have homemade stock on hand you’ll want to use a stock or broth that you enjoy the taste of on its own. You can absolutely make this soup more substantial by adding veggies or diced up turkey or chicken.

Dumpling Soup
Serves 4
8 c chicken, turkey or vegetable stock
1 c all purpose flour
1/2 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 c plus 2 T whole milk
1 1/2 T unsalted butter
parsley or green onions, for garnish

  1. Bring stock to a simmer in medium soup pot.  Taste and adjust seasoning.  I like to add about a 1/2 -1 t of Italian seasoning blend when making this with chicken stock. When I use turkey or veggie stock, I generally just add a pinch of salt.
  2. Make dumplings.  Stir flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl.  Add milk and butter to a small saucepan and gently warm over low heat until butter is nearly melted. Remove from heat and stir mixture until butter is completely melted. Or place milk and butter in a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl and nuke for 30-45 seconds, just until warm. Stir 1/2 cup of the milk/ butter mixture into dry ingredients and stir until just mixed. The dough will be thick.  It should resemble a biscuit or scone dough.  If it doesn’t quite come together add another tablespoon of the milk/butter mixture into bowl at a time until it does. You shouldn’t need more than an additional 2 TB. Try not to mix the dumplings too much though or they’ll turn into little bricks in the soup.
  3. Using 2 soup spoons or a small ice cream soup, scoop up a golf ball amount of dough and drop into soup about 1/4″ apart.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover pot and cook until dumplings have doubled in size, about 15 minutes.
  5. Garnish if you wish, serve and enjoy!
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