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Bean Soup with Cheddar Cornmeal Dumplings

"I created my own, easy-to-prepare bean soup based on one we liked at a local Mexican restaurant," writes Shannon Kohn of Simpsonville, South Carolina. "I added dumplings to make it more of a complete meal."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh baby carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 1/3 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large saucepan coated with cooking spray, saute onion and carrots until tender. Stir in the beans, broth and salsa. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes or until reduced slightly.
  • For dumplings, in a small bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal and salt. Stir in milk and cheese just until moistened. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto simmering soup.
  • Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a dumpling comes out clean (do not lift cover while simmering).
Editor’s Note: As a substitute for 1/3 cup of self-rising flour, place 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1/3 cup.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 383 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 1506mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 10g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • Aislinn
    Dec 16, 2009

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  • sewampler
    Nov 22, 2008

    Excellent recipe, made with ingredients on-hand, came together quickly, inexpensive, and high fiber. For the salsa, I used a chipolte salsa which added lots of"kick".

  • keri harvey
    Sep 16, 2008

    I added a bit of cumin just to add a bit of flavor.

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    Sep 6, 2008

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    Sep 5, 2008

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