Spring Soup with Bread Dumplings



For the dumplings

  • large eggs
  • 2 Cups  fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/3 Cup  Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 Tablespoons  chopped parsley

For the soup

  • 1/2 Pound  shelled fresh fava beans
  • leeks
  • 2 Tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 4 Cups  chicken stock
  • 1/2 Pound  asparagus
  • 1/2 Pound  small white mushrooms
  • 2 Ounces  Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 Cup  shelled fresh or thawed frozen green peas

First things first: This is a spring soup. It’s meant to be made when asparagus and fava beans are in season. Just because you can find these items in the supermarket in November, when they have been flown in from the other half of the world, doesn’t mean you should give them a second thought. Eat this soup when our half of the planet is awakening from its long winter nap and you’ll feel renewed, too. 

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For the dumplings

Beat the eggs in a medium bowl until frothy. Stir in the breadcrumbs,  Parmigiano-Reggiano, and parsley leaves. Roll into 12 balls and set aside. 

For the soup

If using fava beans, bring 1 quart salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the shelled fava beans and blanch for 1 minute; immediately transfer them with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice and water to cool. When they are cool enough to handle, gently peel the skin from the beans.

Trim off and discard the green parts of the leeks, leaving about 5 inches. Cut the white parts in 1/2 lengthwise and then into 1-inch pieces (about 3 ½ cups); rinse them well and pat them dry.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low; add the leeks and cook for 5 minutes, or until they have softened.

Meanwhile, bring the chicken stock to a boil in a 4-quart saucepan. Trim the asparagus. Peel the bottom 1/2 of the stems if the stems are thicker than 1/3 inch; slice the asparagus crosswise into 1-inch pieces (about 11/3 cups). Clean, trim, and quarter the mushrooms (about 2 2/3 cups). Add the asparagus and mushrooms to the leeks and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, or until almost tender. Microplane-grate the cheese (about 11/3 cups) or grate on the fine side of a box grater (about 2/3 cup).

Add the leek mixture to the chicken stock along with the favas and peas. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low; add the dumplings and cook for 8-10 minutes, until they are cooked through. Stir in the cheese and serve. 


Calories per serving:

734 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 28g 44%
  • Carbs 78g 26%
  • Saturated 15g 73%
  • Fiber 12g 46%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 20g
  • Monounsaturated 8g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 46g 91%
  • Cholesterol 151mg 50%
  • Sodium 1,522mg 63%
  • Calcium 823mg 82%
  • Magnesium 122mg 31%
  • Potassium 1,144mg 33%
  • Iron 8mg 47%
  • Zinc 5mg 31%
  • Phosphorus 780mg 111%
  • Vitamin A 307µg 34%
  • Vitamin C 32mg 53%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 65%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 74%
  • Niacin (B3) 12mg 62%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 34%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 278µg 69%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 18%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin K 124µg 155%
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