Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Super Fast Veggie Soup with Dumplings and Chick Peas

Last night, I made veggie soup with veggie dumplings and chick peas. The chick peas were a last minute addition to up the protein content and add a bit of heft to the meal.

Recently, I have made a lot of “creamy” soups (without cream) thanks to my immersion blender, and this soup was a nice change… I really enjoyed the chunkiness and the different textures…

Superfast Veggie Soup 01

Ingredients
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 small leeks, cleaned and chopped; it’s amazing how much dirt hides in leeks; wash them well! :-)
  • 1 green garlic stalk – I got this in my CSA delivery. I don’t think I have ever used green garlic before. It tastes a bit milder than regular garlic, and I love it! I don’t like peeling garlic, so this is perfect!
  • 5 carrots, diced
  • 8 cups of liquid – I used half water and half organic veggie broth (out of a box)
  • 1 can of organic chick peas, rinsed – I buy a brand with a very low sodium content; it’s shocking how high the sodium levels in some brands are…
  • 12 vegetable dumplings
  • Salt and pepper – optional
What I Did

I sautéed the onion, leeks, garlic stalk, and carrots in some olive oil for a few minutes. Then I added the liquid and the chick peas and simmered the soup for about 10 to 12 minutes. I actually prepared the soup up to this point early in the morning so that dinner would be super fast and easy as it’s a busy week at work, and we also worked out last night, leaving little time for making dinner. When it was time for dinner, I heated up the soup and boiled the dumplings in the simmering soup for about 3 minutes. Can’t get much faster than that!

Superfast Veggie Soup 02

Questions: Have you ever had green garlic stalks? If so, did you like them? Do you like garlic? What’s your favorite way to eat garlic? I love roasted garlic in mashed potatoes. And I also love garlic sautéed in olive oil with quickly sautéed fresh tomatoes, seasoned with a bit of red pepper flakes. It’s a perfect pasta sauce, and the kitchen smells so good afterward. Okay, I’m getting hungry… :-)

Be well,
Andrea

24 comments:

  1. once in a while, this is the kind of soup i crave! i love how filling this one-pot-meal looks!

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  2. Girlie...wish I was at your house last evening for supper....that looks SO scrumptious! I love soup and you have all the right ingreds. in there!

    xoxo

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  3. That soup looks fabulous. No, I've never had the green garlic stalks...:(

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  4. The soup looks and sounds so healthy and delicious. I love garlic, roasted is my favorite.

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  5. nope, never had green garlic stalks. hmm, an immersion blender sound nifty! soups looks great!

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  6. That soup looks delicious. Definitely gonna have to find some veggie dumplings so I can make it. :)

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  7. A nice soup sounds pretty good right about now. The evening are a bit chilly and this would be a perfect fit.

    I love love love garlic. Use it quite often, but I don't think I've had garlic stalks. I've seen them before though.

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  8. Thanks for a fast yummy soup recipe! I've never even seen garlic stalks before, but we use the regular garlic all the time.

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  9. Now I am definitely craving soup for lunch! What kind of veggie dumplings did you use? Trader Joe's?

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  10. Hmmm, I commented but it's not showing up!

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  11. Wonderful soup! I love the dumplings in it!

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  12. @Lara. Sorry Blogger is acting really WEIRD lately... It seems to take a while for comments to show up... And yes, the dumplings are from Trader Joe's.

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  13. Everything around here is garlic. EVERYTHING! And I love it all. Your soup looks great.

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  14. oh, wow! this looks both healthy and delicious!! i have never tried my hand at dumplings... i imagine they are just available in the freezer aisle?

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  15. That soup looks fantastic! I LOVE garlic. According to my fiance, I sometimes go a little overboard with the garlic and he has to suffer the consequences of my garlic breath!

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  16. Never heard of green garlic, but I put regular garlic in just about everything :D Soup looks great. So much fun to make! I have to try adding dumplings to soup sometime.

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  17. Mhh I love soups! To bad that it is too hot soon to eat them. These dumplings look so good. I just love the word dumpling... dumpling... just sounds good. :)

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  18. Such comforting one pot meal! I love it very much too. Hassle free! No need to squeeze your brain to think of other side dishes or whatever! hehe...

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  19. i actually despise garlic, i am somewhat allergic to it,but the feelings i get from the smell of it are just not good so i avoid it ;)

    great soup though, i would just skip the garlic!

    and the dairy info, glad you liked it. and i read a comment you left on nutritious foodie galareh's site re big babies. i totally agree and left quite an earful for her after you re nursing, etc. Anyway just thought of that b/c of your great comment :)

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  20. This looks amazing!! I love the addition of chickpeas and dumplings - truly a beautiful, complete meal all in one bowl! (One of my favorite types of meals! :-)

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  21. Love soup. I've been alternating I think, between blending and not. I bought my immersion blender just over a year ago and it's one of my favourite kitchen tools.

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