This Chickpea and Dumpling Soup is a delicious twist on the classic with a chickpea vegetable base and fluffy vegan buttermilk dumplings. Light, creamy and super cozy!
How to Make Chickpea and Dumpling Soup
This Chickpea and dumpling soup is the perfect plantbased comfort food. It’s warm and filling like traditional chicken and dumplings but without the addition of butter or cream! Plus, it’s super easy to make in less than 45 minutes!
To make this vegan chickpea and dumpling soup, start by preparing all the vegetables. Chop an onion, a few carrots and celery stalks as well as a couple cloves of garlic. These are going to add texture and flavor to the soup base.
Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet and add the onion. While the onion softens, quickly make the dumpling dough. Very simple, just apple cider vinegar, non-dairy milk, olive oil, flour and baking powder. The apple cider vinegar curdled the milk to add a nice tang and softness to the dumplings—similar to buttermilk.
Set the dough aside and add the remaining veggies to the pan. Let those cook for a few minutes more until they just begin to soften. Add the garlic, flour and thyme and stir to coat the veggies. Finally, pour in a few cups of stock and just a little non-dairy milk to make the soup even creamier. Bring everything up to a boil then reduce the heat to a bare simmer.
Make sure to taste the broth and season with salt before adding the dumplings. The soup will be very bland without seasoning so don’t forget! Once everything is salted to your liking. Drop pieces of dough on top of the soup. Cover the pot and simmer for about 10 minutes, turning the dumplings over halfway through, until they are light, fluffy and no longer doughy in the center. Make sure the soup never comes to a full boil, just a few bubbles around the rim of the pot.
Once the dumplings have cooked through, throw over a good amount of fresh dill and parsley for a pop of freshness as well as a few grinds on black pepper. Serve warm and enjoy!
Tips and Substitutions for Chickpea and Dumpling Soup
- For moist, flavorful dumplings, I use apple cider vinegar and non-dairy milk to make vegan buttermilk. Soymilk works best here, but almond milk will also work. I do not recommend using coconut or oat milk, as these will not thicken properly. If you consume dairy, feel free to use regular buttermilk.
- This chickpea and dumpling soup is best eaten fresh, but if you want to store any leftovers, keep in mind that the dumplings will absorb more liquid. You may need to add a splash of broth when reheating. The soup will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days and in the freezer for up to 2 months when sealed in an airtight container.
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