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Healthy Vegetarian Stew Recipe - with Herb Dumplings

Updated on December 10, 2016
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Andrew has many years experience cooking and enjoys creating unusual meals in the kitchen.

This delicious recipe should bring a smile to everyone at the table!
This delicious recipe should bring a smile to everyone at the table! | Source

Basic Vegetable Stew

This is a low cost high nutrition vegetable stew that is not only healthy but can help those following a low calorie diet. It's really easy to make, that's why I like it so much - plus you can use many different vegetables and achieve great results.

Whilst it's a healthy vegetarian stew there's nothing to stop you cooking meat separately and adding it to the dish for those who like extra protein! Almost any meat will do - from beef to chicken.

We enjoyed the fresh vegetable version and found it to be satisfying and filling.


What Is a Stew?

A stew is a kind of hearty soup with added meat,vegetables or cereals to help thicken and enrich the basic stock.

I've been used to many different stews here in the UK - from a tasty beef stew made of lean cuts of beef with added vegetables to a light summer stew made from garden vegetables.


Dried Soup Mix.

I used a special soup mix of different peas and beans as the base for the broth. This mix included:

  • pearl barley
  • yellow split peas
  • green split peas
  • marrowfat peas
  • red split lentils
  • aduki beans

Soak overnight for best results or soak for a few hours before cooking to soften up.

A wholesome bowl of vegetable stew.
A wholesome bowl of vegetable stew. | Source

Celery and Pearl Barley

Celery contains many vitamins and minerals and also helps stop inflammation of the digestive tract.

Pearl barley is high in fibre and resistant starch, said to be of benefit to the bowel.

Peas and Beans and Lentils

Peas and beans and lentils are high in fibre and protein, of benefit to the digestive tract.

  1. Soak soup mix overnight or for 3/4 ours to soften up.
  2. Gradually boil soup mix in pan of water. Simmer and add bay leaves.
  3. Dice and chop all vegetables.
  4. Fry potatoes and carrots in olive oil until just soft.
  5. Fry celery and onions and garlic until just soft. Add sage and oregano herb. Take care not to burn.
  6. Add all together in large cooking pot or wok. Add pinch of salt and twist of pepper.
  7. Dissolve vegetable stock cube in 4 cups warm water.
  8. Add to cooking pot.
  9. Add soup mix. Stir.
  10. Make and add dumplings.
  11. Cook in medium oven for 20 minutes
Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 45 min
Yields: serves 4/5
Ready for cooking - celery, onions and garlic plus potatoes and carrots.
Ready for cooking - celery, onions and garlic plus potatoes and carrots. | Source
Chopped celery and onions.
Chopped celery and onions. | Source

Vegetarian Stew with Dumplings

5 stars from 1 rating of Vegetarian Broth
Adding stock to vegetable mix.
Adding stock to vegetable mix. | Source
  • 3/4 cups soup mix, dried peas,beans,pearl barley
  • 6-8 sticks celery, chopped
  • 6-8 medium carrots, chopped
  • 6-8 potatoes, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 6-8 spring onions, chopped
  • 3/4 bay leaves

Make The Dumplings

Lightly combine using a fork 1 cup of self raising - all purpose - flour with 3 tablespoons of butter.

Pour one third cup of milk into mixture and make a rough dough.

Form into dumpling balls.

Carefully spoon into stew or:

Cook in stock or water until firm yet fluffy then add to stew for 5 minutes.


Vegetable Broth and Small Herb Dumpling

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 110
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Carbohydrates 15 g5%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Sodium 700 mg29%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2013 Andrew Spacey


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    Andrew Spacey 2 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Daisy, how good to hear from you.Thanks for the visit - please enjoy your broth, a good old fashioned (timeless?) dish.

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    Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


    I'm so glad I found this Hub! I'm a vegetarian, and my boyfriend is a vegan. We're always looking for new recipes. Thanks for publishing this.

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    Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    I thank you for the visit and comment, much appreciated. We had this broth the other week - with garlic bread and a bit of mature grated cheddar and olive oil. Yumptious.

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    Karen Robiscoe 3 years ago from California

    this looks great! I like the flexibility of a soup mix--probably regional, too, right?--and the photos/layout/instructions are crisp and clean and appealing.

    Not too much "a'peeling" involved, either! :) Hit thumbs on things--shared to fuhBeebs...:)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    I've never made vegetable soup with dumplings, but yours sounds delicious and healthy! I like to add whole grains and veggies to our diet, so I hope to try this soon. Thanks!

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Many thanks for the visit and comment Beverly, much appreciated. Definitely a cold weather meal!

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    Beverly Stevens 4 years ago from College Station

    This sounds really good and is perfect for this time of year. I'll have to try it. I've been vegetarian (mostly vegan) for over 27 years and am always looking for new, good recipes. Thanks.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Bon Appetite tamron!! Many thanks for the visit and comment. This recipe is a veggie feast!

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    tamron 4 years ago

    Great photo illustration that made me hungry. I love anything with vegetables. Great Recipe

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    carter 06 - you're very welcome, hope it goes down well and warms your cockles out there in the Ozzie frozen wastes!!

    Claudia Tello - thank you for the visit, I hope you can have a go at this recipe. We had fun making it!

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    Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

    Very inviting's freezing over here this week & your recipe couldnt have come at a better time!! am surely going to make this delicious soup..healthy, light and tasty what's not to love? Great recipe, lots of vot es & sharing everywhere..Cheers

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    Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

    I find your opening picture very creative and attractive, it made me click in your hub and check it out. Excellent way to add something new to vegetarian broth.