Based on my last few posts, the crisp fall air is obviously affecting my food choices. But, what the heck, soup is so full of nutrition, and with the abundant amount of apples that we just picked from the orchard, my next post will be apple based. So, soup lovers, I hope you enjoy this one too. For me, I can never get enough soup. I think an absolutely wonderful meal consists of soup, salad, and bread crisp.
The first time I encountered this soup, my dear friend Brianne Wells had prepared it. At the time, we lived right next door to one another, and it was truly a Melrose place experience with other besties, Peder and Phi, on the other side of the yard, and my younger brother one street over. It proves to be one of the highlights of my twenties, and having that experience being surrounded by amazing friends.
Brianne and I would often share food that we had prepared by hollering over the fence and trading. Being able to invite at a whim’s notice, for dinner guests was quite the blessing. Our dinners often consisted of all 6 of us around the table, enjoying food and company. When we began having children, the gatherings became even more memorable. Oddly, we moved into our first homes the same exact day. Though 20 minutes apart, and with new experiences, I really miss having that bond.
Though I slightly altered it, whenever I make this soup I think of her, and inside thank her introducing it to me. Yield: 8 servings.
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 stalks of celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
2 cloves garlic
1/4 of a white onion, diced
1 cup green beans, roughly chopped
8 cups water
2 bay leaves
2 cups faux chicken strips by: Beyond Meat (gluten-free/vegan)
3 cubes vegetable bouillon (The Organic Gourmet)
dash of freshly minced rosemary
1 cup finely ground spelt flour
1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/8 cup olive oil
1/4 cup almond milk
For the soup: In a soup pot, saute celery, onion, and carrot and garlic in olive oil until al dente. Add green beans, water, and bay leaves. Allow to slightly saute with the other mixture for 5 minutes. Add water and bring to boil, then lower to simmer for 10 minutes. Add “chicken” and bouillon cubes and simmer for another 10 minutes; stirring frequently.
For the Dumplings: In a mixing bowl add spelt flour, baking powder, and sea salt together. Whisk. In a separate bowl, combine olive oil, and almond milk. Whisk well. Combine wet to dry, and with a spatula, fold together. Form the dough into balls the size of golf balls. While the soup is in the last stages of simmering, place the balls one at a time into the soup mix. Allow each one to float to the top before adding an additional dumpling ball (to prevent sticking). The dumpling mixture makes 8-10 dumplings. Enjoy.