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Festive soup with semolina dumplings

  • 20/12/2004
  • Moderate difficulty
  • 6 – 8
  • 150 min

For a traditional festive soup you will need quite a lot of time to prepare – it is prepared slowly, with no rush, just like our grandmother’s used to prepare. And as the soup is gently simmering accompanied by the sound of Christmas songs, prepare yourself for the days of peace and joy.

Ingredients 6 – 8 

  • 1 hen (about 2 kg)
  • 150 g root vegetables (carrots, parsnip, celery)
  • 1 stalk parsley
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 tablespoons Vegeta
  • Semolina dumplings
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g Wheat semolina
  • 1 teaspoon Vegeta
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley


  1. 1.
    Put the hen into a large pot and pour over cold water enough to cover the meat. Add peeled root vegetables, Vegeta and place over low heat to boil.
  2. 2.
    Bring to the boil, remove foam with spoon and continue cooking half-covered until the hen is tender. When almost done add celery and parsley leaves.
  3. 3.
    In the meantime prepare semolina dumplings. In a deep bowl mix eggs, add semolina, Vegeta, chopped parsley and whisk into a uniform mixture. Let stand covered for about half an hour.
  4. 4.
    Mix through, shape dumplings with spoon and put them into boiling soup. Simmer over low heat for about 8-10 minutes.


Serve warm soup with vegetables cooked in the soup. Cut the cooked hen and serve horse radish sauce or any sauce as desired.


Cooked dumplings should not be kept long in the soup because they will «absorb» the soup.

Energy and nutritive values

Energy and nutritive values are calculated for one serving (i.e. for 1 person). If it is a dessert, energy and nutritive values have been calculated for 100 g.

Nutrient Unit of measure Amount F rda (%) M rda (%)
Energy values kcal / kJ 567 / 2.370 - -
Fat g 36,43 - -
Carbohydrates g 11,48 - -
Dietary fibre g 1,49 - -
Protein g 46,12 - -
Salt g 2,64 0 0
Vitamin A μg 2.822,85 71 56
Vitamin D μg 6,50 3 3
Vitamin C mg 10,07 13 11
Niacin mg 22,85 163 114
Potassium mg 688,93 19 19
Phosphorous mg 384,27 48 48
Magnesium mg 51,58 17 13

* RDA is based on daily allowances for women of 2000 kcal, and for men of 2900 kcal at the age of 25 to 50. (Source: DRI reports - Macronutrients, Elements, Vitamins, www.nap.edu; Genesis R&D and Podravka d.d.)