Celeriac dumplings in tomato broth


  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 litre vegetable stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup (155 g) frozen peas
  • 2 tomatoes, about 100 g in total, peeled and roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • sprigs of fresh basil to garnish
  • Celeriac dumplings
  • 150 g celeriac, diced, or 50 g cooked celeriac, mashed
  • 1 cup (80 g) fine fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 125 g soft, mild goat's cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat the grill to the hottest setting, then grill the capsicum for about 10 minutes, turning it often, until the skin is charred all over.
  2. Put it in a plastic bag and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  3. Peel the capsicum, discard the seeds and cut the flesh into 1 cm squares.
  4. For the dumplings, cook the diced celeriac in boiling water for 10–15minutes or until very tender.
  5. Drain well, then purée in a blender or food processor, or mash until smooth.
  6. Set aside to cool.
  7. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan.
  8. Add the leek and garlic, and cook for 1 minute.
  9. Stir in the capsicum, stock and tomato paste.
  10. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 8minutes.
  11. Add the peas halfway through the cooking.
  12. Remove from the heat.
  13. Stir in the tomatoes and seasoning to taste, then set aside.
  14. Add the breadcrumbs, goat’s cheese, basil and egg to the celeriac, with seasoning to taste.
  15. Mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  16. Use 2 small spoons (teaspoons are suitable) to shape the mixture into 12 small dumplings, setting them on a plate as they are made.
  17. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil.
  18. Gently lower half the dumplings, one by one, into the water on a slotted spoon.
  19. Bring the water back to the boil, then cover, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 4–5 minutes.
  20. Use the slotted spoon to remove the dumplings from the pan to a double layer of paper towel to drain.
  21. Repeat with the remaining dumplings.
  22. Return the tomato broth to the heat and bring to the boil.
  23. Ladle the soup into bowls, add the dumplings and garnish with basil.

Serves 4
Preparation: about 45 minutes, plus about 15 minutes cooling
Cooking: about 35 minutes


Source: Amazing Vegetables
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