Chicken Cauliflower Soup
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Chicken Cauliflower Soup

A comforting Romanian chicken soup with cauliflower, carrots and flour dumplings.

Chicken Cauliflower Soup

After last week’s fried Romanian Cheese Doughnuts extravaganza, I will start a new series today, featuring a perfectly healthy ingredient: cauliflower.

Chicken Cauliflower Soup

I hope you will excuse me for not having more words today, my son has bronchitis and he is coughing so much in the night, that I just cannot get any sleep. And that since Sunday. He can’t sleep either, so we are both pretty tired at the moment. I am staring at this blank page right now and cannot think of anything I could write. I feel completely numb, as if I had a bag wrapped around my head, something that numbs any thoughts and sensations I might have.

Chicken Cauliflower Soup

So I am heading to the couch right now, take my Bruno in my arms and hopefully we will both get a little rest. If that bloody coughing doesn’t start again, it always seems to get worst when he’s lying down.

Chicken Cauliflower Soup

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A comforting Romanian chicken soup with cauliflower, carrots and flour dumplings.
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Romanian
Serves: 6
  • For the soup:
  • 500 g/ 1.1 lbs cauliflower
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 450 g/ 1 lbs chicken breasts
  • 2 liter good quality chicken stock (best homemade)
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • For the dumplings:
  • 2 eggs, 60 g/ 2.1 oz each
  • ½ regular teaspoon salt
  • 60 g/ 2.1 oz/ ½ cup all-purpose flour
  1. Clean the cauliflower and divide it into florets. Cut the stem into small cubes. Cut the cleaned carrots into rounds and chop the chicken breast into cubes.
  2. Bring the chicken stock to a simmer. Add the cauliflower and the carrots. Bring to a boil, cook for about 5 minutes, then add the chicken cubes.
  3. In the meantime make the dumplings. Separate the 2 eggs needed for the dumplings and give the egg whites to a smallish bowl. Whisk the egg whites and the salt with a fork until frothy. Add the lightly beaten egg yolks, incorporate, then carefully fold in the flour. The batter should be pretty soft.
  4. Dip a teaspoon into the soup and use it to give the dumplings to the soup. Cut out small amounts of batter with it (the teaspoon should be about ¾ full with batter) and let the batter slide into the soup. Simmer the dumplings for about 10 minutes or until soft. The pot should be covered with the lid, but leave a crack open.
  5. In the meantime beat the 3 eggs for the soup with the freshly squeezed lemon juice. When the dumplings are cooked, take one ladleful of soup and pour it slowly and carefully over the eggs while stirring all the time. Repeat with another ladleful of soup.
  6. Take the soup off the heat and slowly whisk in the egg mixture. Don't cook the soup anymore. Adjust the soup with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
  7. If you wish to reheat the soup the next day, you can do so, but take care that the soup doesn't come to a boil, the eggs might scramble then and the soup will not be creamy anymore. It will still taste good though.


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16 thoughts on “Chicken Cauliflower Soup

  1. Hope your son feels better real soon and both of you get some much-needed rest. We were taking turns being sick back in December and it was brutal…totally understand the feeling. It will get better! And this soup looks sensational…it’s healing food and cauliflower is so versatile.

  2. Aww… so sorry you’re both not feeling that well. Lack of sleep is never a good thing. This soup does look good enough though to cure anything that ails. Hope your son feels better and you get some rest.

  3. Oh I’m sorry for both of you. Hope he gets better very soon. I know that feeling and can imagine how you are both tired. As for this amazing soup, I’ve never tried such a combination. Sounds so flavorsome!

  4. So sorry to hear Bruno is sick, Adina. That’s so hard. Coughs can be so bad, esp. bronchitis. I sure hope he is feeling better by now. This looks like a healing and delicious soup, a great use for cauliflower too! XO

  5. Oh no! I certainly hope your son starts to feel better soon and that you manage to get some sleep! Sending positive, get well vibes your way, girlfriend! Hopefully you guys have been eating this soup by the gallon, because it looks so comforting and delicious! I’ve never had Romanian chicken soup before, but I LOVE the cauliflower, carrots and dumplings in here! So cozy! Cheers!

  6. I hope your son feels better soon because I know difficult it is to deal with cough problem. I am suffering from spasmodic cough, since I came back from India and it interferes with my sleep. Doctor is not able to diagnose what’s causing it but she prescribed antibiotics when the nasal spray and other over the counter medicine didn’t work.
    I am sure your son would have loved this soup. Sounds so good!

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