THIS VEGETARIAN SOUP AND DUMPLINGS RECIPE IS AN ORGANIC FOOD LOVER’S DELIGHT

This delicious vegetarian dumplings and soup recipe is delicious, healthy and easy to make! The recipe has been created by Rosie Birkett to celebrate the launch of the BOOMs (The Best of Organic Market Awards). She says, “Organic food is something I am really passionate about, and I always try to cook and prepare my dishes with the best possible ingredients.”

Ingredients

Soup Recipe:

3 tbsp organic olive oil

Sprig of thyme

Bay leaf

1 tbsp parsley stalks

2 onions, diced

2 carrots, diced

2 sticks of celery, diced

1 small organic swede, peeled and diced

150g tinned plum tomatoes

1 tbsp good red wine vinegar

200g organic kale, stalks removed (reserved and chopped), leaves shredded

100g orzo Parsley and chervil, to garnish Grated lemon zest, to garnish Organic cheddar, to garnish Salt and pepper, to taste

Dumplings Recipe:

Pinch of coriander seed

Pinch of rye seed

250g ricotta

10g grated parmesan

1 garlic clove, grated

100g pistachios, toasted and chopped

200g spinach

Zest of 1 organic unwaxed lemon

tbsp lemon juice

Pinch of chilli flakes

2 tbsp light organic spelt flour

Freshly grated nutmeg

Method

To make the soup:

  • Heat the olive oil over a medium to high heat.
  • Add the thyme, bay leaf and parsley stalks and stir, cooking for a minute or two to infuse the oil, then add the diced veg and cook, stirring for 10–15 minutes, until softened and smelling good.
  • Add the plum tomatoes and cook for a couple more minutes before adding a litre of water, vinegar and the kale stalks, and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and cook for another 10–15 minutes, allowing all the flavours to infuse. During this time, make the dumplings.

Dumplings:

  • Dry fry the spices in a frying pan until they start to crackle. Remove and grind in a pestle and mortar.
  • Wash the spinach and then wilt in a nonstick frying pan over a medium heat. There should be enough residual water on the spinach to mean that you don’t need to add any oil or water.
  • After a couple of minutes, once wilted, transfer the spinach to a sieve and leave over the sink to drain. Press down on the leaves with a wooden spoon to squeeze out any excess water. Once cooled and drained, chop finely. Place the ricotta in a bowl and add all of the other ingredients.
  • Season with salt and pepper and stir well to combine and incorporate all the ingredients. Oil your hands lightly with olive oil and shape them into meatball sized balls.
  • Poach them in the minestrone. Alternatively you could bring a pan of water to the boil and cook them in the boiling water for 5 minutes, until they float – removing them with a slotted spoon.