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Parsnip Dumplings in Broth, a restorative and filling soup.

Parsnip Dumplings in Broth

Per Ottenlenghi's notes to this recipe, "You can keep the vegetables left over from making stock and serve them deep-fried, or even as they are, with mayonnaise or aioli.

Course Soup
Keyword Broth, Dumplings, Parsnip, Parsnip Dumplings, Restorative Broth
Servings 4
Author Yotam Ottolenghi (Cookbook, "Plenty")



  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
  • 5 celery stalks, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • ½ celeriac, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 7 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 5 thyme sprigs
  • 2 small bunches of parsley, plus some chopped parsley to garnish
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 8 prunes


  • ½ lb russet potato (1 small), peeled and diced
  • 1-½ cups peeled and diced parsnips
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup self-rising flour (note: to make self-rising flour, combine 1 cup flour, 1-¼ teaspoon baking powder, and a pinch of salt
  • cup semolina
  • 1 egg
  • salt and white pepper


To make the Broth:

  1. Heat up the olive oil in a large pot. Add all the vegetables and garlic and  sauté for a few minutes until they color lightly.  Add the herbs, spices, and prunes and cover with cold water. Simmer for up to 1-½ hours, skimming the surface and adding more water when needed so that at the end of the cooking you are left with enough liquid for four portions.

  2. Strain the broth through a fine sieve into a clean pan.  Add some of the carrots and some celery or celeriac, if you like, as well as some torn chard leaves.  Set aside ready for reheating.

To make the Dumplings:

  1. Cook the potato, parsnips and garlic in plenty of boiling salted water until soft; drain well.  Wipe dry the pan in which the vegetables were cooked and put them back inside. Add the butter and sauté on medium heat for a few minutes to get rid of the excess moisture. While hot mash them with a potato ricer or masher. Add the flour, semolina, egg, and some salt and pepper and mix until incorporated.  Chill for 30 to 60 minutes, covered with plastic wrap.

  2. Reheat the broth and taste for seasoning. In another pan, bring some salted water to a light simmer.  Dip a teaspoon into the water and use it to spoon out the dumpling mix into the water.  Once the dumplings come up to the surface, leave to simmer for 30 seconds, then remove from the water with a slotted spoon.

  3. Before ladling the hot broth into bowls, add some torn chard leaves into the pot and cook for about five minutes. Then, ladle the hot broth into bowls.  Place the dumplings into the broth, garnish with parsley and serve immediately.