Pour the tomato juice in a large pot and place over medium heat. While the soup is beginning to heat, add all the seasonings reserved for the soup.
Cut the potatoes, hotdogs and onion into bite sized pieces about 1 inch cubes or slices as shown below. Add all three to the soup and bring soup to a boil.
While the soup is coming to a boil, prepare the dumplings. Put all of the dumpling ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until all ingredients are well incorporated. Don’t over mix the dough. Over mixing will cause the dumplings to become tough and nobody likes a tough dumpling! The dough should be very sticky.
Allow the soup to boil for 5-7 mins before adding the dumplings. I always use a regular spoon to add the dumplings to the soup because it is a smooth surface for the dumplings to slide right off. Here is a trick I learned a while ago that makes adding the dumpling process so much easier: dip the spoon in the soup before you scoop your first dumpling. That small little step is crucial to not having sticky dough everywhere. After you dip your spoon in the soup, scoop up a small amount (pictured below) on the tip of the spoon and dip it into the soup and it will slide right off. At first, they will sink but once they are done they will float to the top. Don’t over crowd the soup with too many dumplings at a time. You will end up with one giant dumpling. Depending upon the size of your pot add 10-15 dumplings at a time. Allow 2-3 minutes in between each round of dumplings.
Once you’ve added all the dumplings allow the soup to simmer for about 5 mins. Taste to adjust seasoning if necessary.
Grab some saltines and enjoy. Extra pro-tip: it is one of my favorite things to butter saltines and sprinkle them with garlic salt. MMMMMMMMM! So delicious!
*These nutrition facts are approximate and subject to change if a different brand ingredient is used.*
(Almost) World Famous Weenie Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 585Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Vitamin A 1434IU29%
Vitamin C 59mg72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.