Welcome potluckers! I made a really tasty vegetable stew that is perfect for the cold winter months ahead. There is a ton of veggie goodness in this pot, including carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and corn. The soup is flavored very simply with cloves and cayenne. The cloves really add an interesting flavor to this soup, sort of spicy but also a little sweet. This is the first time I’ve added cloves to soup, and I really liked it. And it made my kitchen smell so good while this soup was bubbling away!
One of my favorite things in the world is making dumplings. It makes you feel like a rock star chef when you drop the dough in the soup, cover the pot, and then 15 minutes later uncover the pot to reveal plumped-up and perfectly cooked dumplings! This time, I made them with corn and chopped fresh sage. You could certainly make this soup without the dumplings and it would still be tasty, but I like the dumplings because they help thicken up the whole soup. So, be all fancy and make some dumplings!
As always, I was inspired by the great Jeanne Lemlin for this recipe. In my opinion, she writes some of the best vegetarian cookbooks, hands down. Seriously, pick up any of her cookbooks – you will find endless inspiration and consistently good recipes!
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Vegetable stew with corn + sage dumplings
Adapted only just a tiny bit from Jeanne Lemlin’s Simply Satisfying
This is a delicious and aromatic vegetable stew that spiced with cloves and cayenne, and the vegan dumplings are flavored with chopped fresh sage. Your kitchen will smell really good as you make this. The original recipe calls for lima beans, so I added them, but I think leaving them out would also be fine.
¼ cup olive oil
3 medium onions, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves
4 whole cloves
¼ teaspoon cayenne
8-10 cups veggie stock
1.5 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
28-ounce can diced or crushed tomatoes
¾ cup chopped fresh parsley
3 parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced into half moons
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced into half moons
2 medium red potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 cups frozen lima beans (optional)
2 cups frozen corn
For the dumplings:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
½ cup frozen corn, thawed
2/3 cup cold unsweetened almond milk (soy would also work)
1 tablespoon olive oil
To make the soup:
In your biggest soup pot, heat the olive oil and cook the onions and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add the bay leaves, cloves, and cayenne, stirring everything around. Cook for another minute or so. It will really start to smell good in your kitchen at this point!
Once the spices are fragrant, add the veggie stock, salt, pepper, tomatoes, ½ cup of the parsley, parsnips, carrots, potatoes, and lima beans. Stir everything up and cook for about 45 minutes, until the veggies are soft. For the veggie stock, I start with 8 cups and then add more (up to 10 cups total) if needed, as the soup cooks down.
Once the veggies are soft, add the corn and remaining ¼ cup parsley to the soup. Cook for another 5 minute or so. Remove the bay leaves.
To make the dumplings:
While the soup is cooking, prepare the dumpling mixture. Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, sugar, and sage in a bowl and mix well. Make a well in the center of the bowl and add the olive oil, almond milk, and corn all at once. Stir with a wooden spoon, until just moist. Avoid overmixing! At this point, cover and chill the dumpling dough until ready to use.
Once you have removed the bay leaves from the soup, you are ready to cook the dumplings! Keep the soup at a simmer, and drop spoonfuls of the dumpling mixture into the pot. You should get about 8 large dumplings or 10-12 smaller ones. Work fairly quickly dropping the dumplings into the pot (don’t stir them). Then, cover the pot and cook for 15-20 minutes. You can tell if the dumplings are done by inserting a toothpick in the center of one. If it comes out clean, they’re done!
I like to serve the soup with 1 large or 2-3 smaller dumplings per serving, plus a little chopped parsley as garnish. Enjoy!
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