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Semolina Dumpling Soup
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Semolina Dumpling Soup with vegetables, a healthy, delicious and super quick soup for kids and grown-ups alike. Ready in about 15-20 minutes, this dumpling soup is a favourite in Romania, and many other European countries. The semolina dumplings are soft and fluffy, and cooked to perfection. My Romanian semolina dumplings are easy to prepare, but just require a few tricks to get them right. A delicious vegetarian recipe.

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: semolina recipes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 201 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
For the soup
  • 4 cups vegetable stock (broth) (you can also use chicken or beef)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 bell pepper (any colour you have)
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
For the dumplings
  • 1 medium egg
  • 9 tsp semolina (a level teaspoon)
  • a pinch of salt
  1. To make the dumplings, beat the egg with a pinch of salt until frothy, best to use an electric hand mixer if you have one.

  2. Add the semolina, making sure that they are level teaspoon, and not rounded.

  3. Beat well to get a smooth consistency, at this stage the mixture is pretty runny.

  4. Leave to rest for at least 10-15 minutes, or until the veggies are tender.

  5. To make the soup, bring the vegetable stock to a boil, add the peeled and chopped vegetables, and leave to cook until tender, it shouldn't take more than 15 minutes.

  6. At this stage the semolina mixture is thicker.

  7. Drop a tablespoon of semolina mixture at a time in the boiling soup, you should get about 5- 6 dumplings.

  8. Leave to cook until the dumplings double their size and become fluffy.

  9. Add the tomato paste, herbs and seasoning, and garnish with chopped parsley.

Recipe Notes
    • Make sure the teaspoons of semolina are level, and not rounded, too much semolina, and the dumplings will be hard, and not fluffy.
    • Leave the mixture to thicken for at least 10-15 minutes, otherwise they will separate in the soup
Nutrition Facts
Semolina Dumpling Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 2269mg95%
Potassium 489mg14%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 8416IU168%
Vitamin C 86mg104%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.