Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball SoupRecipe
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

We made our matzo balls small, for easier eating, but if you prefer 1 large ball per serving, divide the dough into 4 to 6 balls and boil them 10 minutes longer.

Serves 4 to 6


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1 qt. reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 whole skinned chicken legs (drumstick and thigh)
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup club soda
1 cup matzo meal
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup dill sprigs


Total: 2 Hours

1. Put broth, chicken, and 2 cups water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer 1 hour, skimming fat from broth as it cooks.

2. Mix eggs in a large bowl with a fork just to break up a little. Add oil, club soda, matzo meal, pepper, and 1/2 tsp. salt and mix well. Chill, covered, at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.

3. Remove chicken from broth (let broth continue to simmer). Let chicken cool about 15 minutes, then tear meat into shreds and discard bones.

4. Shape matzo dough into 1-in. balls using wet hands; add each ball to broth as you go. Cover broth and matzo balls and simmer 30 minutes. Add carrots, onion, celery, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and cook 5 minutes. Stir in chicken and heat until warm, 1 minute. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with dill.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.

Created date

December 2010

Nutritional Information

Calories 263
Caloriesfromfat 37 %
Protein 19 g
Fat 11 g
Satfat 2.3 g
Carbohydrate 23 g
Fiber 2 g
Sodium 526 mg
Cholesterol 192 mg