Vegan Dumplings


Vegetable Soup with Vegan Dumplings

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20 minutes


40 minutes



This easy and healthy homemade soup with vegan dumplings is tasty, and comforting. Bonus! You won't spend all day in the kitchen making this.

Nothing says comfort food more than a big bowl of vegetable soup with vegan dumplings. It’s healthy, it’s warming, it’s easy (yes, dumplings can be easy), and it’ll become one of your winter go-to recipes. 

Dumplings are a broad classification for a cute bundle of joy made with pieces of dough wrapped around a filling. Fillings are classically meat, fish, or cheese, but also fruits, or sweets. Dumplings can be made in a variety of different ways such as baking, boiling, steaming, etc. but for this recipe, we’re going to not only make vegan dumplings but dumplings that can be made easily in your vegetable soup. They’re delicious! 

❤️ Why You’ll Love Vegan Dumplings

  • Quick: Prep time is only 20 minutes for this recipe
  • Comforting: If you’re looking for the ultimate comfort food… this is it! 
  • Nutrient-Dense: Full of veggies and healthy goodness that will keep your body in tip-top shape
  • Versatile: Use the veggies you have available on hand or need to use up in your fridge
vegan dumplings & vegetable soup in bowls on countertop

🍲 Ingredients

Dumplings: These dumplings are really easy to make and made with simple ingredients you’ll have in your pantries such as flour and baking powder 

Vegetables: I’ve used celery, carrots, and onion as my key ingredients here, but you can use whatever you have on hand to make different flavor profiles for your soup. This recipe is also a great way to use up veggies in your fridge that may be starting to go bad or will go to waste.

👩‍🍳 How to Make Vegan Dumpling Soup

1. Prep your veggies for the vegetable soup
2. Combine all your ingredients for the dough in a bowl and mix
Vegetables in a pot on the stove
3. To the pot add your carrots, celery, and green onions, and cook until soft. Stirring often.
Butter added to a pot of vegetables on a stove
4. To the pot, add your butter and let it melt. Add your flour and stir till everything is coated. Season, stir well, and increase heat to high. Add veggie stock and water.
5. Bring to a boil and let cook until veggies are tender.
Ice cream scoop in a dough in a bowl
6. Grab your dough mixture, and using an ice cream scoop begin scooping little balls and dropping them into the soup. Cook for around 5 minutes before removing from heat.

🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • Simmering: Let the vegetable soup base simmer a lot to develop the flavor, don’t rush this step
  • Quality Herbs: You want to use fresh, quality herbs in your dumplings for the best flavor
  • Sweat It Out: By sweating your veggies on a lower heat vs. blasting them on high heat, you’ll really bring out their flavor into your soup
Close-up of vegan dumplings

🗒 Substitutions

There are definitely a few substitutions we can make in this recipe. For starters, you can switch up the veggies to whatever you have in the fridge. This can be a fantastic soup to make when you’re trying to use stuff up. Toss in broccoli, squash, kale, whatever! 

🗒 Best served with

👝 How to Store Leftovers

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to two days. When you’re ready to eat it, gently warm it up on the stove until it’s warm. The dumplings may break down a bit and change consistency, but generally, they’ll still be delicious and stay intact.

🤔 Common Questions

Are soup dumplings different than dumplings?

There are so many variations of dumplings that are made differently, crimped differently, etc. so yes, dumplings can be different than soup dumplings. It depends on the culture, and so much more.

Are soup dumplings hard to make?

It may sound complicated, and generally when you hear the word “dumpling” you think of rolling out a complex dough, adding fillings, and creating them into these beautiful crimped balls or pockets, However, soup dumplings are different and so easy, less messy, and delicious in their own way.

What makes dumplings vegan?

Not all dumplings are vegan, and different cultures make them differently, however, it is very easy to make soup dumplings vegan with a few simple ingredients like flour, baking powder, seasoning, and olive oil.

Vegetable Soup with Vegan Dumplings

4.81 from 62 votes
This easy and healthy homemade soup with vegan dumplings is tasty, and comforting. Bonus! You won't spend all day in the kitchen making this.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Soup
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 5
Calories 316 kcal


For the dumplings:

For the soup:


  • Start by making the dough.  Combine your flour, baking powder, sea salt and herbs. Create a well in the center of your flour mixture and pour oil and warm water into the middle.  Using a spatula fold together until sticky and well combined.  It will be wet and sticky but this is what you’re looking for. Form into a ball and place a tea towel on top and let it rest while you make your soup.
  • To a large pot add your olive oil and heat on medium heat for 1 minute before adding onions.  Cook the onions for 7-8 minutes or until translucent.  To the pot add your carrots, celery and green onion.  Cook them for 7-8  minutes while stirring often to avoid burning.  Scrape any brown bits that develop at the base of the pot with a wooden spoon.
  • To the pot, add your vegan butter and let it melt.   Add your flour and stir till everything is coated. Now season with salt and pepper and add your fresh thyme. Give everything one more stir to ensure everything is well coated with flour.  Increase heat to high and add 1 tbsp of vegetable stock paste + 1 1/2 cups of boiling water to the pot.  Stir and scrape any loose bits from the bottom of the pan.  Once your water has almost reduced and the rest of the water and bring soup to a boil. Cook till the vegetables are tender.
  • Grab your dough mixture and using a tbsp. begin scooping little balls and dropping them into the soup.  It’s not an overly fancy or particular process, just make sure you’re using a tbsp. Cook for around 5 minutes before removing from heat.
  • Serve with fresh dill and your favourite vegan sour cream!


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Let the vegetable soup base simmer a lot to develop the flavour
Don’t skip the good quality herbs in your dumplings to really add a pop of flavour
Sweat your vegetables out on a lower heat than blasting them on high heat, this helps with the flavour as well
Switch up the vegetables in this recipe to whatever you have in your fridge – throw in kale, broccoli, squash, etc.


Serving: 5 | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12.9g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.6g | Sodium: 892.2mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 2.8g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!

5 stars
This soup is very light and wholesome! I enjoyed making it for this year’s autumn soups in our house. It’s relatively easy to throw together and doesn’t take very long at all. I did add vegan chicken seasoning into the soup and a little into the dumplings themselves to punch up that flavor. I also am not the biggest fan of celery so I used a little celery salt as a sub and added some bok choy and spinach I had instead. I did also make a smaller portion of this with potatoes as it is a lighter soup and it was still delicious. Highly recommend!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love!!!


The dumplings were delicious, and the flavor of the soup was great! However, I wish it had been more hearty. My family was a little disappointed and still hungry. Next time I’ll probably add some potatoes and kidney beans.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Sounds good!


5 stars
I made this while I was feeling sick and wanted something warm and comforting, and it did not disappoint! In all honesty, I only used this recipe for the dumplings and then went ahead and made my own soup, but it was delicious none the less. The dumplings are so simple to make and have so much flavor from the thyme!! I loved it so so much, thank you for sharing this recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much, kennie! I really love this recipe!!!


Hi, when do you add in the 7 cups of water?

Maria Koutsogiannis

Please reference step 3 in the detailed recipe instructions we’ve provided.

Autumn LeClerc

Hey, this recipe looks amazing and would love to make it tomorrow. I was wondering what step do you add the rest of the water in? All I’ve read is that you wait til the water has evaporated.. nothing about adding broth in. Thank you in advance!

Maria Koutsogiannis

water and veg stock paste OR vegetable broth would replace the water

carrie Rosenblatt

5 stars
This vegetable soup with dumplings was so delicious! Much better than ones I’ve been making, and I used less vegetable bouillon. thanks

Maria Koutsogiannis

wonderful!! this makes me so happy!

Dag Moon

5 stars
Even in the heat of the long Texas summer, I crave this soup. It is perfect — not a single tweak needed. Today is the seventh time in a year that I’ve made it.

I can’t thank you enough, Maria.

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much for your support! I love this recipe so much too!


5 stars
I cooked the veggies in a pan with the butter, flour and the spices then dumped it in with Chicken broth and the dumplings in a slow cooker for a couple and it turned out great! Will be making this again!

Maria Koutsogiannis

AMAZING!!! What a tip! Thank you!

Kate Sierra

5 stars
Super satisfying dumpling soup.

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much kate

Phillis Nemchek

5 stars
Omg, this was SO good!! I purged the freezer and added froz corn, okra and green beans and added leftover leeks and did 3-4 cloves of minced garlic. This was like a gumbo, so filling and great tasting! Ty for posting this, it’ll be one of our favorite soups!

Maria Koutsogiannis

love that for you so much!!!

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