Sourdough Saturday – Homemade Dumplings

Soup topped with homemade dumplings will warm you up on this cold, February day.

 homemade dumplings

Note: This is an updated version of a post that originally appeared on my other blog (October 2012).

Make Your Own Dumplings

When the weather is cold, dim, and damp, I reach for the soup pot. And the only thing better than homemade soup, is homemade soup with dumplings.

So in the midst of my October soup making frenzy, I started to research sourdough dumpling recipes – I have to do something with all this sourdough starter!

Some recipes were too heavy, resulting in dough-like blobs that sat at the bottom of the soup pot. Some required several ingredients, turning a simple comfort food recipe into a work of art. And some just took too much time with additional risings and resting periods. I wanted a dumpling that was simple, easy, fast and tasty. So I came up with my own “lazy cook” recipe.

I made this recipe twice. Once I cooked them directly on top of  Vegan Chick’N Noodle Soup and once I cooked them in broth and then served them with vegetable soup (the photo above). They are a little more dense and thus heartier than regular baking soda dumplings. They will “cook out” a little while steaming and thicken your soup broth. If you don’t want a thicker broth, cook the dumplings in a separate pot using at least 2 inches of broth.

Sourdough Saturday - Homemade Dumplings
Nothing goes better with a big bowl of soup than homemade dumplings.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Sourdough
Serves: 20
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients.
  2. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto hot, bubbling broth or soup.
  3. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and let dumplings steam until done, about 15 minutes.

Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

Learn how to make your own sourdough starter by following the directions in this previous post.

What To Do With Extra Starter

Do you have extra sourdough starter? Use it up by following my tips over on the Mother Earth News Real Food Blog.

by Renee Pottle

Renee Pottle, a freelance writer and Home Economist, is fanatic about all things food. She blogs about canning and food preservation at Find her professional food writing info at

February 14, 2015

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  1. Mandy

    This soup looks awesome too. Somehow the recipe is set to private now. Is that right? How can I access it?
    Thank you,

    • admin

      Mandy, I just fixed the Vegan Chickn Noodle soup recipe link. Thanks so much for letting me know it wasn’t working. Also, the soup in the photo is just an everyday vegetable soup. I almost never have a recipe, but riff off of this recipe:
      Feel free to do the same! It’s snowing here so a big bowl of soup sounds perfect. Take care.

      • Mandy

        Thank you very much Renee. One of these days I´m gonna make the soup with the dumplings. Link worked now. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the rest of your day!

  2. Marie

    I used this recipe with my home made chicken and beans recipe. Perfect topper. Since I live alone, I’ll only make 1/2 recipe at a time in the future, but they were so good. Tasty and dense dumplings.

    • admin

      Marie, I am glad you liked them. Of course, I have never had a bad dumpling! Take care. Renee


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