Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

April 14, 2022  |  By Peg Kern
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If you’re scrambling to get the soup made for tonight’s Passover Seder, don’t worry! This Matzo Ball soup is quick and easy, but oh so tasty! We prefer to make it with our own homemade broth, but you can substitute store-bought chicken stock – or even vegetable stock if you’re cooking for vegetarians.

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Homemade matzo ball soup made during a culinary vacation in Israel.Matzo Ball Soup

Serves 4
Prep time: 75 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Cook method: Simmer

Ingredients for the soup

  • 2 carrots, sliced thinly
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced thinly
  • 1 half small onion, diced fine
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • chicken breast meat (optional)
  • 2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock

Ingredients for the Matzo balls

  • 1 cup matzo meal
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup schmaltz or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • sparkling water

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Skyline of the Old City in Jerusalem on a culinary tour of Israel with The International Kitchen.Instructions:

  1. Saute the onions, carrots, and celery until tender but not browned. Add the chicken stock and simmer until the vegetables are cooked, about 15 minutes. Add the chicken meat, shredded, if you want a meaty soup.
  2. Make the matzo ball dough by first combining separately the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients (minus the water), then combining them together. Add the sparkling water 1 Tbsp at a time to form the proper consistency. Refrigerate for 1 hour (or overnight)
  3. Visiting the market Skyline of the Old City in Jerusalem on a culinary tour of Israel with The International Kitchen.Heat a pot of boiling, salted water, and cook the matzo balls in the covered pot for about 20 minutes at a gentle simmer. Do not crowd them! Carefully remove them with a slotted spoon and put 2-3 of them in each soup bowl, then fill the bowls with the soup and sprinkle with dill.

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