Knoephla (neh-fla) are little dumplings that came to the Dakotas via German immigrants. Molly calls them the “best- kept secret in the upper Midwest!” She makes this dumpling soup for her daughter, Bernie — and it’s always a hit!
Make the soup: In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, a good pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables soften, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and nutmeg and cook, stirring, 2 more minutes, or until fragrant. Stir in the stock, thyme, dill, parsley, bay leaves and potatoes; increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, begin making the knoephla when the soup reaches a boil: Whisk the flour, baking powder, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, a few grinds of pepper and the nutmeg in a medium bowl. Stir in the water and egg and mix to form a shaggy dough. Turn it out onto a clean work surface and knead for a few minutes, adding more flour as needed, until you have a smooth and stiff dough.
Roll out the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick blob, then cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch squares, dusting them with flour so they don’t stick together. Drop them directly into the simmering soup for the last 20 minutes.
In the last few minutes of cooking, stir in the heavy cream. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired. Remove the bay leaves before serving.