Chicken and Dumpling soup

I had never had, or heard of Chicken and Dumpling soup until a few years ago when I was watching a show on the food network that made it look so good. It looked exactly like comfort food even though I hated soup.

Yes, not very long ago, I hated all soups.

There is something about being able to drink my food that didn’t appeal to me and honestly most of the soups that I had in my memory were not the best. It is not that I wanted to hate soup, I actually wanted the opposite, I knew it was easy to make, inexpensive and that I could probably like the taste if I made it myself… so I started making a few…

This is one of the first soups I made and to this day it is still a favourite in the household, especially with the kids.

It all starts with a chicken…

Chicken and dumpling soup is always a second meal for me… what I mean by that is that I will roast a chicken and use about half of it for super the night before in something like club sandwiches. I then strip off the rest of the meat and put it aside, and then store the bones and the juices from the roast chicken until the next day. One chicken, two meals. I might look like a lot of work and a lot of step but it really isn’t… it is actually an easy meal to make and each of the steps takes just a few minutes to prepare and the result is well worth it!

In the morning I start on the stock…

No measuring needed…

  • Heat a bit of olive oil in a large pot.
  • Chop an onion in quarters (no need to peel them) and throw them in
  • Add a few green onions if you have them also
  • Cut a head of garlic into two pieces horizontally and throw it in (again no peeling needed)
  • Break a few stalk of celery in half and throw those in
  • Same thing with a few carrots
  • Sprinkle a bit of coarse salt, freshly ground pepper and a bit of poultry seasoning. (sage, thyme, marjoram)
  • Let the veggies cook and caramelize a bit. It adds depth to the stock.
Veggies for broth
Add the chicken bones and then about 16 cups of water… or enough to cover everything.


Making chicken Broth

Let simmer for a few hours until reduced by almost half.

You will end up with a flavourful and rich and flavourful stock. Strain, and set aside.
Rich homemade Chicken broth
About an hour before starting the soup, it is time to make the dumplings.
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 green onions (chopped finely)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or milk with 1 tsp of lemon juice) *I use almond milk
  • 2 eggs
Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and onions together in a bowl. In another bowl, mix the sour milk and eggs. Add the wet mixture to the dry and fold in slowly until just incorporated being very careful not to overmix. It will be lumpy and that is perfectly fine.

Place in the fridge for an hour.


To make the soup…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Chopped roasted chicken (about 2 cups… or half  chicken)
  • chicken broth (recipe above)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
In a large pot, heat oil and butter. Add the veggies and cook until softened.
Carrots, celery and garlic cooking
Add the flour and let cook for a few minutes
added flour
Cup by cup add the broth. After about 5 cups are added, start waiting a bit between each next addition and add the garlic powder, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. Add the rest of the broth and adjust the seasonings to taste. Add the chicken and let simmer for about 5 min.
The soup should be flavourful and slightly thick and creamy.
thick and creamy chicken soup
While the soup is simmering, take the dumpling batter  out of the fridge. It should resemble a thick pancake batter.
dumpling mix
Using two tablespoons (or an ice cream scoop) quickly add spoonfuls of the dumpling mix to the soup. (You want to go as fast as possible)
Then quickly cover and simmer for another 10-15 minutes… don’t uncover when cooking!
(the dumplings will rise to the top and will both boil and stream at the same time)
dumpling are done
(the result is a very light and fluffy dumpling)
light and fluffy
And that is it! it is ready to serve and be enjoyed…
 I have to say… It is so hard to take pictures of this soup.. it might not look that appealing on camera but it is the ultimate comfort food, full of flavour, full of goodness and the whole family loves it.
Chicken and Dumpling soup

Dehydrated Curried Lentil Soup

Let me say this first, I don’t like Lentils.

I mean… at all.. but I do want to like them.

They are cheap, they are filling and they are healthy (and how can I call myself a hippie if I don’t eat lentils!) but each time I tried a recipe I ended up hating them even more.

A few weeks ago I picked up a bag of Lentils at the grocery store determined to try et least one more time.. this week I put Lentil soup on my meal plan.

Because the recipes that I have tried in the past never worked for me, this time I didn’t have a recipe, I didn’t have a guideline… I just decided to wing it… it worked. I loved this soup!

I used my pressure cooker to make the soup as I was in a bit of a rush and I will definitely be making it that way each time…

For the soup:

  • Chop up 1 Large onion and sauté in a bit of Olive oil.
  • Add a few minced garlic cloves
  • Add a few stalks of celery, a few carrots and a red pepper (all diced)
  • Cook down the veggies for a few minutes and add some salt and pepper, cumin powder, garlic powder, oregano and basil and a few tsp of curry powder.
  • Add about 8-9 cups of stock (Veggie or Chicken)
  • Add 1 small can of tomato paste
  • Finally add in 2 cups of dried red Lentils

If using a pressure cooker, bring to a simmer, put the lid on, bring to pressure and cook for 20 min.

If using a pot, cook for about an hour or until the lentils have given up their shape and the soup is all creamy and thick.

Adjust seasoning to taste…

This was our meal last night and the leftovers were put away in the fridge. That is when the dehydrating idea came into play.

I am loving my dehydrator and have been wanting to try dehydrating soup that can then be powdered and reconstituted with hot water. Great for a quick meal, snack or for when we go camping…

Using the non-stick sheets in my dehydrator, I lathered about 1 1/2 cups of the thick soup onto the sheets about 1/4″ thick, making 6 trays of soup.

I put the dehydrator at the temp that I usually use for veggies and fruits, so quite warm, and after about 1-2 hours I started seeing the thinner parts were becoming very dry and crumbly. After about 6-7 hours all the trays were completely dry, even the thicker parts.

Dehydrated Curried Lentil soup

Dehydrated Curried Lentil soup

Next, I put all of the pieces in the Food processor and made it all into a powder…


Dehydrated Curried Lentil soupCurried Lentil soup powder

It was really that simple…

Of course we had to test it out. It took about 3-4 Tbsp of powder to get a good consistency in one cup of water… it is a bit thinner than the original soup, though I could be thicker if I used more powder, but the flavour was right on and Xavier brought it into the living room and ate it all up.. so it definitely got the thumbs up!

I am so happy that not only did I make a Lentil soup that I will be making again, but it also made a great instant meal for the whole family!


Split pea soup…

This is based on a Quebecois dish “Soupe aux pois” which is traditionally made with a ham bone, salt pork belly and yellow slit peas. I made a ham the night before and threw out the bone before I had the craving to make this soup, and I didn’t have/want the salt pork belly so I so just used a bit of leftover smoked ham, though you can leave that out also if you really wanted to but the smoky flavour really adds to this dish…

This is another of those very easy soups… though you do need to allow for a few hours of cooking…

First soak 2 cups of dried yellow slit pea in water for 1 1/2 hours…

Dried Split peas soaking

Chop up some leftover smoked ham (about 2 cups)

ham for soup

Celery (2 stalks)


Carrot (3)

with carrots

Then Chop up a large onion…

chopped onion

Drain the peas and you’re ready to assemble…

In a large soup pot with a bit of olive oil, Sauté the onion until translucent, season with a bit of salt and pepper, add the remainder of the ingredients and 10 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then down to a simmer and let simmer for about 2 1/2 hours… the peas will fall apart on their own…

Adjust seasonings (I added about a tsp of garlic powder and 1/3 tsp of smoked paprika) and that’s it!

Of course I serve it with my homemade bread 🙂

Split-pea soup and homemade bread

Can you believe that I used to refuse to eat any kind of soup?

Potato-Leek soup

I love leeks and love that leeks are cheap right now. I usually stock up on leeks in this season, chop them up and freeze in portion sizes for soups.

This is such a fast meal also, I got home late  yesterday after a trip to the Library, the pool and two parks and 1/2 hour later we were sitting down to eat.

I usually use dill but I didn’t have any on hand so I improvised and I love the way it turned out.

  • 3 Leeks (whites only, sliced)
  • 6-7 medium potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup Braggs seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

In a soup pot, sauté the Leeks in a bit of oil or butter until the are a bit caramelized. Add the potatoes, the water and the Braggs (or you can substitute the water and Braggs for stock). Add the smoked paprika and garlic powder. Bring to a boil and then let simmer until potatoes are soft. Taste broth and adjust seasonings.

Take off heat and Purée the soup using a wand blender until smooth and creamy… .

That’s it…

Simple veggie tomato soup…

I have a new toy in my kitchen… a brand new Cuisinart Elite food 12 cup processor. I have had an old cheaper food processor in my kitchen for about 8-9 years now and it was just not working out for me anymore. I was waiting for it to die but it wasn’t, even though it has been struggling through many recipes.

So I was dealing with it while I waited for a Cuisinart to come on special at Canadian Tire. I was still waiting when I decided to go check out Food Processors at “Home Sense” since I had a 100$ gift card for HBC stores. Instead of having the one that I had been looking at they only had the Elite models and I didn’t want to pay 340$ for a food processor even if I have 100$ off. We were heading to the mall anyway, so I decided to go though “The Bay” while we were there and to my luck, the Elite was on special at 249$, so with the 100$ gift card it was a great deal that I couldn’t pass up!

I am having so much fun with my new toy!

Tonight I wandered around in the kitchen wondering what to make for supper. Khéna said he wanted tomato soup so I got a bread in the oven and started on the soup.

I went to the fridge to see what I had on hand…

So in the food processor went 3 carrots (cut into thirds), two stalks of celery, a large onion (quartered), a half of a red pepper that I needed to use up, a full orange pepper (cut into large pieces), a few cloves of garlic, some parsley and a few green onions. I processed it until nearly puréed and then put it in my soup pot with a bit of olive oil and cooked it through.

Then, into the food processor, I added a can of whole tomatoes, a can of diced, and puréed that and then added it to the pot along with two cans of tomato paste, a bit of salt, 2 tsp of sugar, some garlic powder a tsp of powdered broth and a bit of oregano and let it simmer for about 45 min while the bread was baking.

When cooked through, and slightly thickened, I used the wand to make it smoother and it was done… So easy to make and so delicious…

A perfect creamy veggie tomato soup for a cool rainy day.

(served with fresh bread and a drizzle of cream that I had on hand)

Veggie tomato soup

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