Matzo Ball Soup
Seriously? Vegan matzo ball soup? Yup...and so delicious, you'll be creating your own tradition.
1 1/2 cups matzo meal (whole grain is available in some stores)
12 ounces silken tofu
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup sparkling water
Cracked black pepper
2-3 sprigs fresh parsley, finely minced
1 onion, cut lengthwise into thin slices
Several green onions or a small leek, cleaned and diced
2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
8 or 9 cups spring or filtered water
1 or 2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 cup diced button mushrooms, brushed clean and left whole
1 or 2 bay leaves
2 fresh parsley sprigs
Fresh or dried basil or rosemary sprigs (optional)
Make the matzo ball mixture first, as it has to chill for at least an hour before proceeding with the recipe. Place matzo meal in a mixing bowl. In a blender, puree tofu, oil, sparkling water and salt and pepper to taste until smooth. Fold tofu mixture and parsley into matzo, mixing until well-combined. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least an hour, but overnight is the best.
When you are ready to make the soup and finish the matzo balls, bring a pot of water to a boil with a generous pinch of sea salt. Remove the matzo mixture from the fridge and form into balls, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place prepared matzo balls on parchment and continue forming until all the matzo mixture is used. Carefully drop the matzo balls into the boiling water, cover and reduce the heat to medium. Cook the matzo balls for 35-40 minutes; try not to uncover the pot before 35 minutes are up.
While the matzo balls cook, make the soup. To make the vegetable stock, add onions, garlic, salt and about 1/2 cup of the water to a soup pot over low heat. Simmer about 15 minutes. Add the remaining water and other ingredients and bring the stock to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered, about 1 hour. Pour the stock through a strainer, pressing as much liquid as you can from the vegetables before discarding them. Makes about 6 cups.
Combine ingredients in a soup pot. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. You may strain the veggies out of the soup and serve only the broth, which is traditional, but I love to keep the vegetables in the soup. Remove a small amount of hot broth and dissolve miso. Stir into soup and simmer over low heat for 3-4 minutes. To serve, ladle 3 matzo balls into individual serving bowls and spoon soup over top. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately. Makes 5-6 servings.