Paprika-Spiced Cauliflower Soup

Serves 4.

This paprika-spiced soup comes from a restaurant in Budapest, Hungary. To form the tiny dumplings, called galuska, drop the bits of dough into the simmering broth. From “Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook,” by the editors of Saveur.

• 1/3 c. flour

• Kosher salt

• 6 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cubed, divided

• 1 egg

• 1 1/2 tbsp. Hungarian hot paprika

• 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped

• 6 c. vegetable stock

• 1 small head cauliflower, cored and cut into florets

• 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped

• Freshly ground black pepper to taste

• 1 small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, stemmed and finely chopped, for garnish


To make the dumplings: In a bowl, stir together flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 2 tablespoons butter and, using your fingers, rub into flour until pea-size crumbles form. Add egg and stir until dough forms. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Heat remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a 6-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add paprika and onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add stock, cauliflower and carrot, season with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

Using a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon, portion out and drop all dumpling dough into simmering soup. Cook, stirring occasionally, until dumplings are cooked through, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, ladle soup and dumplings into serving bowls and garnish with parsley.