As the crisp air of autumn settles in and the pitter-patter of rain graces the window panes, there’s nothing quite as comforting as the aroma of Grandma’s kitchen. It’s a place where warmth and love intertwine, and where every spoonful tells a story of tradition and nourishment.

One dish, in particular, holds a special place in my heart: Grandma’s Traditional Romanian Chicken Soup with Semolina Dumplings, affectionately known as Supa cu Găluște. This soup wasn’t just a meal; it was a remedy for the soul, a comforting embrace during times of illness or on those dreary, rainy days when the world seemed a bit colder.

In Grandma’s kitchen, the soup pot would simmer for hours, filling the air with the rich scent of chicken, carrots, and celery. But it was the semolina dumplings that stole the show, plump and tender, floating like clouds in a golden broth.

As a child, I would eagerly anticipate the moment when Grandma would ladle out steaming bowls of soup, each one brimming with warmth and nostalgia. With every spoonful, I could feel the cares of the day melt away, replaced by a sense of comfort and contentment.

Join me on a journey back to the heart of Grandma’s kitchen, where the simplest of ingredients came together to create magic in a bowl. Let’s recreate those cherished moments and savor the soul-nourishing goodness of Grandma’s Traditional Romanian Chicken Soup with Semolina Dumplings.


Traditional Romanian Chicken Soup with Semolina Dumplings - Romanian Delights

Traditional Romanian Chicken Soup with Semolina Dumplings - Romanian Delights

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes



    For the Soup:

    • 1 whole chicken cut into pieces
    • 2 carrots diced
    • 2 celery stalks diced
    • 1 onion chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 8 cups water
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Fresh parsley for garnish

    For the Semolina Dumplings:

    • 1 cup semolina
    • 2 eggs
    • Salt to taste



      Prepare the Broth:

      • a. In a large pot, combine the chicken pieces, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and water.
      • b. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
      • c. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 1-1.5 hours until the chicken is tender and cooked through.

      Make the Semolina Dumplings:

      • a. In a mixing bowl, combine the semolina, eggs, and salt.
      • b. Mix until well combined and a sticky dough forms.
      • c. Let the dough rest for 10-15 minutes.

      Form and Cook the Dumplings:

      • a. Using wet hands, shape the semolina dough into small balls or dumplings.
      • b. With a tablespoon, carefully scoop the dumpling mixture and drop it into the simmering soup.

      Continue Cooking:

      • a. Let the dumplings cook in the soup for about 10-15 minutes until they float to the surface and are cooked through.


      • a. Ladle the hot soup into bowls, making sure to include chicken pieces, vegetables, and dumplings in each serving.
      • b. Garnish with fresh parsley for a pop of color and flavor.

      Enjoy the Comfort:

      • Let the warmth of this Traditional Romanian Semolina Dumpling Chicken Soup (Supa cu Găluște) envelop you like a cozy blanket on a rainy autumn day. With every spoonful, savor the memories of childhood comfort and the nourishing embrace of homemade goodness.