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Cauliflower and Pea Soup with Prosciutto Dumplings

Here is the soup I made using peas and cauliflower from our garden. It was absolutely  delicious. I love spring/summer soups. They are fresh and colorful. Who can resist? Can you?

Cauliflower and Pea Soup(6 servings)

1 Cauliflower head, washed and separated into small florets
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced/chopped
1medium onion, chopped finely
2 medium size potatoes, peeled and cubed

2cup fresh or frozen peas
1tbl butter
1tbl olive oil
3tbl flour
1tsp red paprika
salt and a pepper to season
6cup + water or combination of chicken broth and water
1tsp soy sauce(optional)
3tbl freshly chopped parsley
1/2cup  + more if needed semolina flour
4 prosciutto slices, finely sliced/chopped(optional – you can also grate 1 uncooked Pork frank if you don’t have a prosciutto)
1/8tsp baking soda
1/8 of salt and pepper to season
  • Peel, chop, slice, prepare all the vegetables.
  • In a medium size pot, heat oil and melt butter, add onion and sautee for several minutes until translucent. Remove from heat let cool for 1 minute, stir in 1tsp red paprika.
  • Add all the vegetables except peas. Dust vegetables with flour and stir well, season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes stirring without adding water. Then add 5 cups water, or depending how thick or thin you want your soup. I like a thick soup so I added only 6 cups, if desired you can add more liquid, you can also use chicken stock/chicken broth in combination with water.
  • Bring to simmer and cook until vegetables are almost cooked through. Cover the pot with lid.
  • While vegetables are cooking, prepare dumpling batter, in a small bowl : whisk together 2 eggs with pinch of salt, until frothy, add prosciutto, semolina flour, chopped parsley and pinch of baking soda.
  • When your vegetables are fork tender, you can add peas, cook for few more minutes. Now is time to make the dumplings.
  • You can do this in a separate pot, fill the pot with water, add some salt to season the water, and bring the water to boil, drop the dumpling batter into the boiling water  by teaspoons(or larger if you want). Simmer, dumplings will be cooked in no time, they will start floating on the top, scoop them out and reserve them in separate dish. OR you can cook them directly in the soup, right after you added peas. Stir in soy sauce.
  • Enjoy soup with dumplings.

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