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Roasted Tomato Soup with Ricotta Parmesan Matzo Balls

Roasted tomato soup with ricotta parmesan matzo balls is an Italian inspired twist for Passover matzo ball soup.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Italian, Jewish
Keyword: ricotta matzo balls, tomato matzo ball soup
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 464kcal
Author: Samantha Ferraro
Cost: $15

Ingredients

Tomato Soup

  • 2 pounds vine or roma tomatoes cut in half
  • 2 red bell peppers you can also use roasted jarred peppers
  • 2 large carrots peeled and stems cut
  • 2 garlic cloves smashed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • 2-4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

Ricotta Matzah Ball Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs whisked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup full fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup matzo meal
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves finely chopped
  • Fresh parsley leaves finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Ground pepper

Garnish:

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese for Parmesan chips
  • Fresh basil
  • Olive oil

Instructions

Tomato Soup

  • Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with foil. Add tomatoes, peppers, carrots and garlic and toss with salt and olive oil.
  • Roast vegetables until soft and tender, for about 30 minutes. Once done, remove from oven and let cool long enough to handle. Then remove seeds and charred thick peel from the peppers and and discard.
  • Once vegetables are cool enough, add everything to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. You may want to add a bit of the stock to help thin it out, then transfer to a small pot with the rest of the stock and bring to a simmer. Taste for seasoning and adjust.

Ricotta Matzo Balls

  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk the eggs, olive oil and ricotta cheese together. Add the matzo meal, Parmesan, fresh herbs, baking powder, salt and pepper and give everything a good mix until just combined and form into medium sized balls. Add to boiling water and cook until matzah balls float to the top, about 30 minutes.

Parmesan Chip

  • Leave oven at 400° Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silpat. Place a heaping tablespoon or two of grated Parmesan cheese onto the lined baking sheet and lightly press down so it’s in a circle and finish with the rest of the grated cheese.
  • Bake for about 5 minutes until the cheese melts and edges are slightly crispy. Once done, remove from oven and allow Parmesan chips to cool before removing.
  • Ladle soup into bowls along with ricotta matzo balls. Garnish each bowl with a Parmesan chip, fresh basil and a good drizzle of olive oil.

Notes

Instead of roasting red peppers, already roasted jarred peppers will work great. 
If making ahead, keep the matzo balls separate from the tomato soup and heat together before serving. 
Both the matzo balls and tomato soup can be made up three days in advance.

Nutrition

Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 818mg | Potassium: 1109mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 9316IU | Vitamin C: 109mg | Calcium: 357mg | Iron: 3mg