2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
4 ribs celery from the heart, chopped
2 onions, cut into half-inch dice
4 carrots, peeled and cut into half-inch dice
1 potato, peeled and diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 fresh bay leaf
Salt and pepper
2 quarts vegetable or chicken stock (use vegetable stock to keep this dish vegetarian)
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 rounded tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 box biscuit mix (8 ounces), such as Jiffy brand, prepared according to the box directions
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 cup frozen peas
3-4 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
Heat a large Dutch oven or heavy soup pot with a lid over medium heat with the EVOO. When the EVOO is hot, add the celery, onions, carrots, potato, zucchini, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Stir and cover, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the stock, raise the heat to bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low to keep a rolling simmer.
Melt the butter in the microwave or small pot and combine with the flour and Dijon mustard to make a roux. Whisk the roux into the soup.
Prepare the biscuit mix according to package directions, adding parsley to the dough.
Stir the peas and tarragon into the soup. Use 2 teaspoons to drop small, walnut-sized dumplings into the soup and cover the pot with the lid. Cook for 6 minutes, then uncover and check that the dumplings are firm. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve immediately. This is one of many "Yum-o!" recipes – it's good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael's nonprofit organization, go to www.yum-o.org.