Vegetable Dumpling Soup: Living Simply

by simplylife on October 29, 2012

Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are.  When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.  ~Lao Tzu


I came across this quote the other day and absolutely love it.  I think (and hope) it’s pretty obvious through my blog name, and more importantly, by the content, that I try to live a simple life.

What that looks like though, is not always clear.  There are many ways one can try to live simply.  For one person, living simply may mean owning less material items.  For another, it may mean “unplugging” from the online world for a while.  And for others, to live simply may be to simply bask in the beauty of a sunrise or sunset with the ones you love, or in solitude.

I love having a blog because it means that I don’t need to define this for myself in one post or one day.  As I change and grow, so does my perspective on living a simple life.  Some days, I try to reflect this in the foods I eat.  Joining a CSA and basing our meals on local and seasonal produce is one way I try to live simpler.  Other days, I hope to do this by sharing some of the simple things my husband and I do together to try and live a simple life together.  

There many ways I’d like to simplify even more, although this isn’t always easy.  Especially in our society, it’s often easier to focus on what others have and we don’t, rather than what is sitting right in front of us.  However, I often find that the fewer items I have, the more I tend to actually enjoy them.  And I definitely prefer to spend my precious time focused on what I do have rather than on what I don’t.

All that to say, this soup makes me appreciate the simple things even more.  It’s amazing what can happen when combining a few fresh vegetables, flour and some herbs.  There’s nothing fancy about this, and yet, it’s one of those meals that makes me want to savor every moment of fall.


Vegetable Dumpling Soup

by Simply Life

Ingredients (Serves 3-4)

For the Soup

  • 2-3 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 potato, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Thyme, to taste
  • Oregano, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

For the Dumplings

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbs. cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbs. butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup corn (I used frozen)


1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, potato, celery and carrots and cook 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add bay leaves, broth and seasonings. Bring soup to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

2. While soup is simmering, prepare the dumplings. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in butter and mix until butter pieces are about the size of peas. Add milk and corn and stir just until mixed together.

3. Return the soup to a boil Drop dumplings into soup by rounded tablespoons. Cover, reduce heat and cook over medium-low for about 10 minutes (do not boil). Serve and enjoy!

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  • Zomppa

    This looks like the perfect soup on these dreary days!

  • Singerinkitchen

    Lovely post! Sometimes we are forced not to live simply because of things surrounding us but it is our personal choices. Love the recipe.

  • Colleen

    I just love your blog 🙂 Awesome pics of a great looking soup!!

    • Simply Life

      Oh you are too sweet! THANKS!

  • IndulgeInspireImbibe

    I love that your definition of simple living continues to evolve and change. That is what it’s all about. And I think it’s important to embody your blogs mantra at time goes on 🙂 beautiful post.

    • Simply Life

      Thank You!

  • yummychunklet

    Having dumplings sans chicken is almost sacrilege to my Southern cooking childhood, but this looks so good! I’ll have to try it.

  • Gina

    this looks amazing – perfect for a cool fall evening!

  • Cookie Sleuth

    What a lovely dish.

    I try to wear out or use up as much as I can of something before getting something new.

    • Simply Life

      I love that you do this!

  • Jolene (

    I have lived more simply each year of my adult life … as I get older I realize that I have everything I need and don’t really want for much. I have also started to purge items and clothing etc. a lot more than I used to.

    I will DEFINITELY be making this soup! It looks amazing!

  • Natalie O

    Yum! I love anything with dumplings 🙂


    This is a beautiful post, and I also love that Lao Tzu quote. I am always trying to be mindful, to stay in the present, and to keep a clear perspective about what is important in this life!! I think I have made huge strides this year in learning to live more simply… enjoying the people and world around me, learning to be kind to myself and follow my heart, learning to appreciate each day as it comes, etc…. but it’s definitely always a process. Meditation has helped me so much! 🙂

    hope you’re having a great week!

    • Simply Life

      Thank you for this wonderful comment!

  • Kari

    I always enjoy your musings on this topic 🙂 I particularly like your point about how living simply can mean different things to different people. Finding the right way for you is the most important thing.

    I like the look of this soup, too!

  • Marissa

    Love your sentiments on living simply, they resonate with the kind of life I aspire to too. (not tutu 🙂 ) Your soup looks like a bowl of comfort.

  • wearenotmartha

    Pinning this so I can make it later… Preferably on a snowy winter night 🙂 Looks awesome!


  • Colleen

    This soup looks amazingly comforting…yum. I’ve been trying to keep my meals more simple lately so I’m not cooking ALL the time. This is a great reminder that simple food can be delicious too!

  • Sprint2theTable

    Great reminder to keep it simple. I love the “KISS” principle (keep it simple, stupid). 🙂

    • Simply Life

      haha, yes- that’s a good one! 🙂

  • meri

    looks like a good, stick to your ribs winter soup!

  • Marialuisa Echeberria

    I have to copy this soup, I´m a soup´s freak.
    I agree with you. My simple life now it´s helping my daughter to finish her webpage, photograph her designs and move again to London. I´m going to miss her again. Those are the things in life I really enjoy, to be with my family, to cook for them, to spend time with them. I´m not going to tell you I don´t like some materialistic stuff, I would be lying to you, but I relly enjoy the things I do, and that´s my schedule.
    Love from the basque country.

    • Simply Life

      Thank you for this beautiful comment! Good luck to your daughter!

  • Mom

    I love your writing and philosophy. Awesome recipe. I really don’t live a simple life and, thinking about it, the last time I felt I did was when I cleared out the clutter from my house. It took me three months to go through everything, but it was awesome…Time to start sorting again; I loved that feeling I had!!!

  • AlchemyInTheKitchen

    Wow! This looks amazing, I adore dumplings and you’ve given them another dimension with the corn. It is snowing in Ireland at the moment so thoughts are turning to gorgeous warming dishes like this!

  • Kiran @

    There’s something about this soup that screams comfort to me.

    ps: Your photos are AMAZING!! Especially the ones with steam ;D

    • Simply Life

      Oh THANK YOU! That means so much, especially coming from such a great photographer!

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