Peas-and-Carrots Soup with Dumplings

March 2011
Peas-and-Carrots Soup with Dumplings

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Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 carrots--peeled, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 rib  celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 2 rounded tablespoons flour
  • 1 32 ounce container  (4 cups) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 rounded tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon, dill or parsley
  • 1 8 ounce box  biscuit mix (about 2 cups), such as Jiffy Buttermilk Biscuit Mix, batter prepared according to package directions
Directions
  1. Heat a couple of tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat in a large soup pot or dutch oven. Add the butter to melt, then add the carrots, celery and onion; season with salt, pepper and the bay leaf. Cover the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots soften, 7 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle the flour on the vegetables and stir for a minute, then whisk in the chicken (or vegetable) stock until thickened. Stir in the mustard and peas. For a thinner soup, add 1 to 1 1/2 cups water with the stock.
  2. Add the chopped fresh herbs to the biscuit batter and combine. When the soup is bubbling, form the batter into small dumplings using 2 spoons, then drop onto the surface of the soup. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and cook the dumplings, gently stirring, until just firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the soup and dumplings to shallow bowls; discard the bay leaf.
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