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Matzo Ball Soup

Photo: Karry Hosford
Yield

6 servings (serving size: 1 cup soup and 4 matzo balls)

These much-loved dumplings, made from ground unleavened matzo cracker, are a favorite during Passover. Chicken thighs and drumsticks flavor the broth but aren't included in the soup. Use them to make chicken salad later.

Ingredients

  • 7 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted matzo meal
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh onion
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups chopped onion
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrot
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 10 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 8 thyme sprigs
  • 8 parsley sprigs
  • 4 chicken thighs, skinned (about 1 1/3 pounds)
  • 4 chicken drumsticks, skinned (about 1 1/3 pounds)
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Nutrition Information

  • calories 198
  • caloriesfromfat 41 %
  • fat 9.1 g
  • satfat 1.6 g
  • monofat 2.4 g
  • polyfat 4.3 g
  • protein 9.1 g
  • carbohydrate 19.9 g
  • fiber 1.2 g
  • cholesterol 78 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 741 mg
  • calcium 23 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine 1 3/4 cups chicken broth, matzo meal, 2 tablespoons minced onion, oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, yolks, and 1 minced garlic clove, stirring well. Cover and chill 1 hour.

  2. While matzo mixture chills, combine 5 1/4 cups broth, 1/4 teaspoon salt, chopped onion, and next 8 ingredients (chopped onion through drumsticks); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, skimming surface as needed. Remove chicken; reserve for another use. Strain broth mixture through a colander into a large bowl; discard solids. Return broth to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer.

  3. Lightly coat hands with cooking spray. Divide matzo mixture evenly into 24 (1 1/2-inch) balls. Gently drop balls into simmering broth. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 5 minutes or until done (matzo balls will rise to surface). Remove from heat; stir in dill.