Mom's Best Low-Carb Dumpling Soup

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When you start following a lchf diet, certain foods such as grains are excluded from your meal plan. But what if you could eat foods like bread or dumplings and still lose weight? Not only you can eat them while following a high-fat diet but you won’t be able to tell the difference!

This healthy liver dumpling soup tastes just like the one my mom makes. I was told as a kid that if I don’t eat my soup, I won’t grow up. Well, I’m not sure how true that is as I didn’t make it over 5’3” and I had soup almost every day. What I do know is that thanks to eating real food and immune-boosting collagen, I was rarely ill.

Even if you are not a fan of liver, you should give this recipe a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed! It's one of the most popular Czech soups and it’s the best way to introduce nutrient-dense foods such as liver into your keto diet.

My mom's original recipe is made with rabbit liver but I used chicken liver because it’s easier to find and tastes very similar. She uses flour to thicken the soup and bread crumbs to make the dumplings which are not keto-friendly, paleo or gluten-free. So I made a few alterations to adjust the recipe for the ketogenic diet.

Instead of flour to thicken the soup, I used a fantastic low-carb substitute - egg yolks! It's my favourite "zero-carb" ingredient to thicken sauces, stews and soups. I used egg yolks in my Best Keto Instant Pot Beef Stew and even my Cheeseburger Soup from the KetoDiet App.

Lastly, to make the dumplings more authentic, I used keto breadcrumbs based on my most popular grain-free bread recipe. Is it really worth making your own breadcrumbs? I think it's totally worth it, especially if you want to keep your carb intake low but don’t want to compromise on flavour. Apart from keeping your blood sugar levels stable, these keto breadcrumbs make a big difference to the taste and texture. They do take extra prep time but you can make a large batch and freeze it for several months.

Also, don't forget to try my Chicken Noodle Soup.

Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per serving, about 2 cups)

Net carbs7.4 grams
Protein25.6 grams
Fat24.4 grams
Calories366 kcal

Calories from carbs 8%, protein 29%, fat 63%

Total carbs14.2 gramsFiber6.8 gramsSugars3.1 gramsSaturated fat8.6 gramsSodium487 mg(21% RDA)Magnesium95 mg(24% RDA)Potassium1,017 mg(51% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 8 servings)

Dumplings:
  • 270 g chicken or turkey liver (9.5 oz)
  • 1/2 small white onion, chopped (35 g/ 1.2 oz)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 slices butter (28 g/ 1 oz)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 1/4 cups homemade Keto Breadcrumbs (198 g/ 7 oz)
Soup:
  • 10 cups chicken stock or bone broth (2.4 L)
  • 3/4 cup diced carrot (96 g/ 3.4 oz)
  • 1 cup diced celeriac (156 g/ 5.5 oz)
  • 2 medium celery sticks (80 g/ 2.8 oz)
  • 1 cup Brussels sprouts, sliced (88 g/ 3.1 oz)
  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower (214 g/ 7.6 oz)
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli (91 g/ 3.2 oz)
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Place the liver in a food processor and process until smooth.
    Mom's Best Low-Carb Dumpling Soup
  2. Add the chopped onion, garlic, butter, egg, salt and pepper. Process again. Mom's Best Low-Carb Dumpling Soup
  3. Add the keto breadcrumbs and pulse until combined. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, cover with a cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Mom's Best Low-Carb Dumpling Soup
  4. Remove from the fridge. Using your hands, create small (about 15 g/ 1/2 oz) meatballs. You should be able to make 35 to 40 meatballs. Wet your hands to prevent the dough from sticking. Mom's Best Low-Carb Dumpling Soup
  5. Peel and dice the carrot and celeriac. Slice the Brussels sprouts and celery. Chop the cauliflower and broccoli. Mom's Best Low-Carb Dumpling Soup
  6. Fill a large pot with 9 cups of chicken stock (reserve 1 cup for later). Bring to a boil over a high heat. Once boiling, reduce to medium and add the chopped vegetables. Cook for 7-8 minutes, or until tender. Note: I use homemade chicken stock. To make your own, follow the Tips for Instant Pot/ Pressure Cooker in this recipe. Mom's Best Low-Carb Dumpling Soup
  7. Using a large slotted spoon, add the dumplings and keep cooking. Mom's Best Low-Carb Dumpling Soup
  8. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks with the reserved 1 cup of chicken stock. Note: Keep the egg whites for another recipe (see suggestions listed in my Keto Lemon Curd).
  9. Temper the hot stock into the egg yolk mixture while whisking. After you have added about 3 cups of the hot stock, return it into the pot with dumplings. Cook while stirring for 4-6 minutes. Mom's Best Low-Carb Dumpling Soup
  10. Take off the heat and add chopped parsley. Mom's Best Low-Carb Dumpling Soup
  11. Pour into serving plates and garnish with more parsley (about 2 cups of soup and 5 dumplings per serving). Serve hot on its own or with a Keto Bun, or let it cool down and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Mom's Best Low-Carb Dumpling Soup

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 2 cups)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Liver (chicken), raw
0.2 g5.7 g1.6 g40 kcal
Onion, brown (yellow), raw
0.3 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0 g2.9 g25 kcal
Eggs, free-range or organic
0 g0.8 g0.6 g9 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Keto Breadcrumbs (KetoDiet blog)
2 g5.6 g8.6 g115 kcal
Chicken stock (broth), chicken only, homemade
0 g6 g6 g78 kcal
Carrot, fresh
0.8 g0.1 g0 g5 kcal
Celeriac, raw
1.4 g0.3 g0.1 g8 kcal
Celery, raw
0.1 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Brussels sprouts, fresh
0.6 g0.4 g0 g5 kcal
Cauliflower, fresh
0.8 g0.5 g0.1 g7 kcal
Broccoli, fresh
0.5 g0.3 g0 g4 kcal
Eggs, free-range or organic
0.3 g4.7 g3.6 g54 kcal
Chicken stock (broth), chicken only, homemade
0 g0.9 g0.9 g12 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Total per serving, about 2 cups
7.4 g25.6 g24.4 g366 kcal
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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can i use ground beef instead of beef liver ?

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I think you can. The only difference is that you will either have to add one more egg, or use less of the breadcrumbs because otherwise the mixture would be too dry. I suggest you use the breadcrumbs based on the consistency (add just 1/4 cup at a time).

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I have been eating keto since July of 2017 I have lost 35 lbs.. and love it. it is my new way of life. But sometimes I'm hungry all of the time even after I stuff myself with plenty of fats etc. I run out of ideas to eat. So now I have been following your site and all the lovely recipes an it seems to be helping some. Thanks !

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Thank you for sharing your experience with us, and for your kind words!

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I am just getting started on the Keto Diet and would like to try your recipes.  Do you have any printer-friendly versions?
Thanks.

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Hi Heidi, you can find the Print Recipe option just below the recipe title. We are planning to re-design this and make it easier to spot. You can export it as PDF or print 😊

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