Tomato-Meatball Soup in Bread Bowl
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Tomato-Meatball Soup in Bread Bowl

September 15, 2020

As the weather starts to cool down outside, you can warm up inside with this delicious Tomato-Meatball Soup tucked into a bread bowl with a cheesy, crunchy lid.

2 Tomato Meatball Soup in Bread Bowls

Mix together all of the meatball ingredients. Roll into 1 ½ tablespoon balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, until brown and cooked through. Set aside.

3 Tomato Meatball Soup in Bread Bowls

Set a colander over a bowl; pour canned tomatoes into the colander and press gently until you have 3 cups juice. Set aside.

4 Tomato Meatball Soup in Bread Bowls

In a large heavy-bottomed pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5-6 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add 3 cups of the tomatoes (set aside the rest of the tomatoes and the juice for later), bay leaf, and sugar. Sauté for 15 minutes, until tomatoes begin to brown.

5 Tomato Meatball Soup in Bread Bowls

Stir in the tomato paste and flour; cook for 1-2 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pot. Slowly stir in the reserved juice, chicken broth, salt and baking soda. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes, until slightly thickened. Discard bay leaf. Puree soup in batches in a blender until smooth. Return soup to pot and stir in the cream and meatballs.

6 Tomato Meatball Soup in Bread Bowls

Cut the lids off the bread bowls and scoop some of the bread out to create a bigger cavity. Slice the underside of the lids to make it flat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place bowls and lids on a baking sheet, then broil until the tops of the bowls are toasted and the cheese on the lids is melted, 2-3 minutes.

 

 

Tomato Meatball Soup in Bread Bowls

Serves 4-6

 

Meatballs:

1 pound ground beef

6 ounces ground pork

2/3 cup breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 ½ teaspoons dried basil

1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Pinch red pepper flakes

 

Soup:

2 28 ounce cans diced tomatoes in juice

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 cups diced onion (from 1 medium)

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons flour

3 cups chicken broth

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup heavy cream

 

4 bread bowls

½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

 

 

Preheat oven to 400°F.

 

In a large bowl, mix together all of the meatball ingredients. Roll into 1 ½ tablespoon balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, until brown and cooked through. Set aside.

 

While meatballs are baking, make the soup. Set a colander over a bowl; pour canned tomatoes into the colander and press gently until you have 3 cups juice. Set aside.

 

In a large heavy-bottomed pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5-6 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add 3 cups of the tomatoes (set aside the rest of the tomatoes and the juice for later), bay leaf, and sugar. Sauté for 15 minutes, until tomatoes begin to brown. Stir in the tomato paste and flour; cook for 1-2 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pot. Slowly stir in the reserved juice, chicken broth, salt and baking soda. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes, until slightly thickened. Discard bay leaf. Puree soup in batches in a blender until smooth. Return soup to pot and stir in the cream and meatballs. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

 

Preheat the broiler.

 

Cut the lids off the bread bowls and scoop some of the bread out to create a bigger cavity. Slice the underside of the lids to make it flat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place bowls and lids on a baking sheet, then broil until the tops of the bowls are toasted and the cheese on the lids is melted, 2-3 minutes.

 

Serve soup in bread bowls with a cheesy lid. Serve with extra Parmesan for sprinkling.

 

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