RICOTTA BALL SOUP IS PART OF THE WONDERFUL TASTES OF ITALY
Authentic Italian Ricotta ball soup is one of our favourite go-to recipes when we want something easy and filling for our tummy.
It’s so different that even your friends will think you are trying something wild and wonderful way beyond your culinary skills.
We’ve actually been using ricotta quite a bit lately as it seems to fit into our weekly menu planning as we enjoy lighter meals.
We’ve been fortunate as ricotta has also been on sale at the grocery stores for $1.00 for a 300 g tub. However, you will pay more to get the freshest of the fresh ricotta which comes in big white pails.
Alternatively, you can make homemade ricotta yourself if you know how to although it is something I’ve never tried myself.
How To Make Ricotta Ball Soup
The best thing about this ricotta ball soup is not only the ease in making it but the versatility of the mixture and the fresh ingredients.
It’s also very healthy and not heavy on the calories especially mixed with golden chicken broth and vegetables.
We make our ricotta ball mixture is made the night before and chill it in the refrigerator.
Once chilled roll the mixture into small balls (approx 20-25 balls) like little ricotta dumplings and chill for one hour to firm them up.
The idea for this soup came about while making I was making manicotti stuffing.
I tried to make the ricotta ball soup without refrigerating the balls however they did not hold up well in the soup.
Once the ricotta balls are firm roll them just lightly in all-purpose flour just to dust them ever so softly.
If you plan on making a keto version of this recipe you can lightly dust them in almond flour or coconut flour.
Instead of using breadcrumbs use crushed Buster Rhino Pork Rinds (they are our favourite).
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Matzo Ball Soup
A similar concept comes from an Eastern European Jewish recipe called matzo ball soup, very similar although the recipe uses matzo meal to make the balls.
Homemade Chicken Bone Broth
For this ricotta ball soup recipe I add homemade chicken bone broth to a large soup pot then add small soup pasta, carrots, onions, fennel and sometimes chopped spinach or celery.
If you don’t have time to make homemade Chicken Bone broth we buy Organika Chicken Bone Broth from Amazon Canada.
It’s one of the best Keto organic chicken bone broth powders out there and we definitely use it when we are in a pinch.
Once the hot chicken bone broth comes to a boil and the pasta and vegetables are cooked I drop the ricotta balls in one by one.
You don’t need to add the small pasta if you don’t like you can easily eliminate it especially if you are on a keto diet.
The ricotta balls will sink to the bottom and as they cook will rise to the top and puff up almost doubling in size.
Switch It Up! Deep-Fried Ricotta Balls
I suppose if you really wanted to you could roll the balls in seasoned bread crumbs and deep fry them with a side of marinara sauce as well.
See I’m already creating recipes just typing this up (now I’ll have to test that out).
The great part though is that this ricotta ball mixture can be used for many other inspirations of recipes for ricotta in the kitchen.
Ways To Use Ricotta Ball Mixture
There are so many ways you can use this ricotta ball mixture in other homemade Italian recipes.
(add spinach to any of these as well)
- Ricotta cheese filled Ravioli
- Ricotta cheese filled Perogies
- Ricotta cheese filling for Manicotti
- Ricotta cheese filling to layer in a Lasagna
- Ricotta cheese filling to stuff Cannelloni
- Ricotta cheese filling to toss with your favourite Pasta
- Ricotta cheese filling for to stuff your large shell pasta
- Ricotta cheese filling for tortellini pasta
Clearly the ricotta balls filling will be a winner in many dishes you create in your own kitchen and you really do want something that is easy to whip up and use in alternate recipes.
It’s like buying pieces for your wardrobe so you can switch it up without having to spend a fortune on a full new outfit.
I’m sure your family and guests will enjoy any meal made with the ricotta ball filling and you will be amazed at how easy it really is.
I hope I’ve put some inspiration into your kitchen and that you too can create something special for your loved ones.
How To Make Italian Ricotta Ball Soup
- 500 g of fresh ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped fine (or use 3 tablespoons dry)
- 1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano Grated Fresh
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup breadcrumbs or crushed pork rinds
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dry basil
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (dusting) or almond flour if keto
- 10-12 cups of homemade chicken bone broth
- 2 carrots sliced thin (I cut lines in my carrot to make it a decorative cut)
- 1 cup sliced thin fennel
- 1 onion minced
- 1/2 cup small pasta (balls, stars for example) (Optional)
- Making Ricotta Balls
- In a bowl add the ricotta, salt, pepper, basil, paprika, minced garlic, egg, Parmigiano cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley and mix until combined.
- Cover with plastic wrap and leave it overnight to chill.
- Roll the mixture into a ball and set on a plate ( if you find the mixture is too wet add more breadcrumbs 1/2 cup)
- Set in the refrigerator for an hour to set and chill.
- In a large pot add your seasoned chicken or vegetable broth, onion, fennel, carrots (or other vegetables, spinach, celery and bring to a boil.
- After 10 minutes add your small pasta to cook and test in about 5 minutes to see if they are done
- Once the small pasta and vegetables are cooked prepare your ricotta balls for the soup
- Take the ricotta balls from the refrigerator and lightly dust them with flour (do not leave a heavy coat or it will ruin your soup, very light dusting, shake all excess off)
- Drop the balls into soup one by one slowly.
- When the ricotta balls pop to the surface (about 5-10 minutes) allow a further 5 minutes of cooking
Serve with grated fresh Parmigiano on top, fresh parsley if you like and we served it with freshly baked olive bread.
Discussion: What other ways can you think of to use the ricotta ball mixture? Leave me your ideas in the comment section below.