Here’s a vegetarian fall soup that’s both sweet and savoury, just like me.
What’s that? Scratching your head at the thought of putting matzo balls into anything other than chicken soup? Get over yourself! My best friend has been a vegetarian since she was five-years old, and I got this idea from attending the odd Friday night dinner with her family. After all, matzo balls are vegetarian (unless you stir some schmaltz into them).
All they really are, are big fat dumplings made from matzo meal and egg.
In other words, a perfect lunch for days like these.
Butternut Squash & Golden Delicious Apple Soup with Sage Matzo Balls
1 tbsp butter
3 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 rib celery, thinly sliced
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and diced
1-2 tbsp dry vermouth
1 tbsp real maple syrup
salt and chili flakes to taste
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
2 Bay leaves
For Matzo Balls:
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 large eggs, beaten
½ cup matzo meal
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
pinch of granulated garlic
½ tsp dried sage
2 tbsp vegetable soup, or water
Sautee shallots in butter over medium heat until soft. Add celery, squash and apples and sautee for five minutes more. Add vermouth and syrup, chili flakes and salt, give a stir then add vegetable stock and Bay leaves. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer for 30 minutes, or until squash is tender. Discard the Bay leaves then puree soup, taste for seasoning and serve hot. It’s a smooth, thinner soup, that goes great with some matzo balls or noodles.
For matzo balls:
In a small bowl, mix together eggs, oil, matzo meal, baking powder, seasonings and soup or water. Stir to combine, then put in the fridge for 15 minutes.
In the meantime, put a large pot half-filled with water (about 1.5 quarts) on to boil. Make sure the pot has a cover. After it comes to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and using wet hands, form the matzo ball dough into 1-inch balls, then drop them in the simmering water. Cover pot and cook for about 30 minutes. Serve one or two balls in each bowl of squash soup.