Creamy Vegetable Soup with Dumplings

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Cozy up with a warm bowl of Creamy Vegetable Soup with Dumplings; it’s easy to make in just 30 minutes, full of hearty veggies, and so comforting. You’ll love the soft, fluffy, herb-filled dumplings and creamy soup combination.

Bowls of dumpling soup with spoon.

If you’re familiar with the classic chicken and dumplings soup, then you’re not far off with this vegetarian version. This, too, is creamy and cozy with soft, fluffy dumplings, and all without the chicken. It’s still completely savory and one of my favorite go-to vegetarian soup recipes when I need ultimate comfort on cold nights.

What are the dumplings made of?

First things first, this vegetarian dumpling soup has soft, fluffy, biscuit-like dumplings, not gyoza or Asian-style dumplings that have a savory filling inside a dough wrapper.

These dumplings are made with a mixture of flour, baking powder, butter, and herbs. The baking powder in these dumplings is what gives them their lift and results in the light and fluffy texture.

The dough cooks in the simmering soup, resulting in little balls of deliciousness; kind of like dipping bread in your soup, but better. Similar to the texture of drop biscuits, they pair wonderfully with the creamy soup base.

Ingredients You’ll Need

When it comes to making creamy dumpling soup, this recipe has simple ingredients that result in a hearty, soul-warming soup. What could be better?! Here’s what you’ll need for the soup:

Ingredients on a table.
  • Mirepoix: an evenly diced mixture of onion, celery, and carrots makes for the most wonderful soup base.
  • Potatoes: I recommend using Yukon Gold Potatoes – they require no peeling with their tender, waxy skin and hold their texture when simmered in soup.
  • Leeks: mild, slightly sweet, and rounding out the aromatics. Be sure to check out how to clean leeks before you start.
  • Garlic: well, of course!
  • All-Purpose Flour: this helps to thicken the creamy soup and results in that luxurious texture.
  • Herbs: I highly recommend using fresh herbs for the most flavor in this soup. Because we have simple ingredients, the flavor comes mostly from them. I use fresh rosemary and thyme for the comforting winter flavors. Fresh parsley is added at the end for brightness, too. A bay leaf is added for depth of flavor, too!
  • Nutmeg: it adds a little je ne sais quoi, contributing to a depth of flavor without being overpowering or really even being able to identify what gives it that flavor.
  • Vegetable Stock: the liquid base for the soup. You could technically use water if you don’t have any vegetable broth, but this adds so much flavor!
  • Half-and-Half: hello, creaminess! Be sure it’s room temperature or lukewarm so that it doesn’t curdle when added to the hot soup.
  • Frozen Peas: a pop of color and sweetness, using frozen veggies makes it easy-peasy!

How to Make Vegetarian Dumpling Soup

This recipe is super easy – yes, even the dumplings part. Maybe especially the dumplings part! So never fear…it comes together quickly and is pretty hands-off.

First, mix the dumpling dough.

The most important thing to remember when mixing a biscuit-like dough is to be careful to not overmix it.

Begin by stirring together the dry ingredients to make sure they’re incorporated. This step helps make sure the dough isn’t overmixed once we add the wet ingredients.

Two images making dumpling dough.

Now, cut in cold butter. Cutting in butter means working the butter into the dry ingredients as small pea-sized pieces are formed. You can do this using a pastry blender, two forks, or even your hands to work the butter into the flour mixture.

Then, gently stir in half-and-half until just combined. Set the dough aside to let it rest while you prepare the base of the soup.

Make the Creamy Soup

The soup base starts by sauteeing the aromatics so they begin to become tender and release all of their flavor. In goes onion, celery, leek, and carrot into melted butter for a few minutes (photo 1).

Be sure to start layering in the salt at this point. That means a pinch here and a pinch there. Salt will continue to bring out the flavors of each ingredient.

Next, add in the diced potatoes (photo 2), then the garlic, and herbs, and finally the flour. Stir the flour into the vegetables and cook it for a few minutes, continuing to stir so it doesn’t burn, but cooks the raw flour (photos 3-4).

4 images sauteing vegetables in pot.

Stir in the vegetable stock and bring the entire mixture to a boil, then dollop the dumplings around the pot using two spoons or an ice cream scoop (photos 5-7). Cover the pan and reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes until the dumplings are floating on the top (photo 8).

No peeking for at least the first 10-12 minutes so the steam remains in the pot to steam the dumplings!

4 images sauteing vegetables in pot.

Check the dumplings by cutting it half, it should have air bubbles and be the texture of a soft biscuit. If gummy, you can continue to simmer for 2-3 more minutes.

Stir in the frozen peas, warm cream, parsley, and remove the bay leaf. Don’t forget to taste test for salt and pepper levels! Then it’s time to enjoy!

Side view of bowl of dumpling soup with spoon.

Storage – Reheating – Freezing

Store any leftover soup in the fridge for 3-4 days. And then to reheat, you can do so slowly on the stovetop, stirring occasionally. Or, you can reheat in the microwave, again stirring occasionally to reheat evenly.

This creamy vegetable and dumpling soup also freezes well – yes, even with the dairy I have had success! Freeze in Souper Cubes for super easy storage.

I recommend reheating this frozen soup slowly and stirring often to prevent the cream from separating. If it does, you can still enjoy the soup, it just looks a little different.

3 bowls of creamy vegetable soup with dumplings with spoon and parsley garnish.

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