Simple Dumpling Soup

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This kid-friendly, whole grain dumpling soup recipe is delicious and easy to make. It's also very affordable at a cost of just $.21 per serving.

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This simple dumpling soup is one of the most affordable meals you can make at just $.21 per serving. It’s easy and nutritious, and my children love it. This is a great dish to serve alongside a more ambitious meal that your kids may not like. When I serve a new, “challenging” dinner that my children may not go for, I try to make sure there’s something else on the table that everyone can handle. This soup fits the bill in my house.

Dumpling soup is a nice alternative to a sandwich in a school lunchbox. It also freezes well, so it’s a good idea to stash some away for a day when you need it. The whole grain dumplings are adapted from a dumpling recipe in Joy of Cooking.

Simple Dumpling Soup

This simple dumpling soup is a light, nutritious recipe.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes


  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 cups chicken broth (or water/broth combo)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots


  • To make the dough, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the butter and milk until the butter melts. Add the warm milk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix.
  • In a large pot, bring the broth just to a boil, then lower the heat to medium. Add 1 cup of the carrots.
  • Form 1/2-inch balls of dough and add them to the pot. Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat for 8 to 10 minutes. The broth will thicken as the dumpling batter breaks down a bit.
  • Divide the soup into bowls and sprinkle each bowl with the remaining carrots.


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 1074mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4190IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 8
Calories: 179kcal
Cost: $.21 per serving

Dumpling Soup Price Breakdown

This recipe yields 8 servings of 1¼ cups each. The total cost is $1.66, or $.21 per serving. That’s about as cheap as it gets. Serve this soup with a salad and some cheese on the side for an easy, child-friendly dinner.

For other easy, affordable dinner recipes, check out my roundup of 30 healthy dinners that each cost less than $1 per serving.

What are your go-to affordable family dinner recipes? Please share in the comments.


  1. I liked the sound of this until I saw the ingredients list. SO basically all the kids get to eat is flour and carrots. A disappointingly unbalanced meal! I want/need to cook frugal but still want to provide the kids with the nutrients that they need 🙁

    1. Don’t underestimate the benefits of chicken broth, Simone. And of course you could always add some chicken for additional protein.

      1. Dear Annemarie, Just something from a new subscriber. Great start with your dumplings
        The sky is the limit on this one, and I have the basics here. With rents going through the roof this is well timed. All the best. Envobuddy

      2. Thanks, Truida. I hope you enjoy some of my other frugal recipes. I have lots of them!

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