Friday, April 3, 2015

Chicken Matzah Ball Soup Recipe for Passover Holiday and Year Round

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Homemade chicken soup is delicious any time of year but I can't imagine not serving it to my family with matzo balls for the holiday of Passover which starts tonight at sundown. If you're not familiar with them matzah balls are a traditional Jewish European boiled dumpling made with matzah meal, eggs and oil and you don't have to be a Jew to enjoy them.
Try this easy-to-make chicken soup made from scratch in just 3 steps, along with super simple Mazot Balls from a store-bought mix such as Streit's or Manischewitz available on the kosher aisle at markets, to enjoy the best Matzo Ball Soup ever year-round.
Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

Chicken Soup
Time to Make: 3 hours - Overnight
Makes 16 Servings

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 4 carrots peeled & cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 4 stalks celery & green tops sliced
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 1/2 onion, no need to chop
  • 2 t. ground sage
  • 2 t. ground thyme
  • 1 t. marjoram
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 whole allspice
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper

1. Place all ingredients in a tall soup pot, add water to cover plus 3-4 inches more

2. Bring pot of soup to a boil slowly, uncovered -- to keep broth clear, immediately after it starts to boil turn down heat to medium/low and cover

3. Simmer for at least 3 hours or overnight as I do for a rich chicken stock

Matzo Balls
Time to Make: 45 minutes
Makes 16 Matzo Balls

  • 1 box Streit's or Manischewitz Matzo Ball Mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Parsley for garnish


1. In a bowl mix the eggs and oil with a fork by hand just until blended, do not beat

2. The matzo ball mix comes with two bags inside the box, empty both into the egg/oil mixture and gently mix with fork until uniform -- let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes

3. Meanwhile, in a large pot bring 4 quarts of water to a boil, add salt

4. Wet hands with water and form matzo balls about the size of a walnut in the shell, these will double in size when cooked

5. Drop balls one at a time into boiling water, then cover pot with lid and reduce heat to a simmer - cook for 30 minutes without opening the lid

6. Remove matzo balls from pot with slotted spoon and set aside -- add one to each bowl of hot chicken soup immediately before serving and garnish with a fresh sprig of parsley

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Jennifer said...

That looks so good. I've never had matzah ball soup before, but I've heard it's delicious.

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle said...

I love matzah ball soup. I had it for the first time a couple of years ago. I've been eating it ever since.

Six Time Mommy TEST said...

Yum. Now this a soup I've never made before. It looks just delicious, I'm sure my family would love it! - Jeanine

NPC said...

Looks delicious! Especially for the chilly weather ahead.

Unknown said...

My sisters rave about Matzo Ball Soup! But I've never had it before. It sounds quite delicious. You recipe sounds fantastic.

Brenda said...

I love soup and this looks delicious! Can't wait to try it.

Brenda said...

This soup looks awesome! I can't wait to make it.

Valerie said...

I have never had this soup before but have heard about it often. I can't wait to try your recipe.

Unknown said...

I have actually never had this before. But it looks great! Will have to try it!

Unknown said...

This is a great recipe! I love Passover for all the foods we get to make that we usually do not! I'll have to try your recipe this year!

Unknown said...

Yum! I have always wanted to try this and I think this recipe iseasy enough I can do it ,thanks for sharing!

Liz Mays said...

I'd love to try Matzo balls with chicken soup for the first time. I remember my mom talking about them but I had no idea what they were. They do sound good!

Unknown said...

I can almost smell that broth through my laptop. It looks so good and just what I need right now!

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

I've never had chicken matzah ball soup before. It looks delicious and I love the added celery.

Becky Ryan-Willis said...

This sounds really good. I have never had Matzo Balls, but I would be willing to try them.

Masshole Mommy said...

I have never tried Matzah Ball soup, but I would love to try it. It sounds so good.

Unknown said...

Matzah ball soup is a passover favorite in my family! Thanks for the recipe!

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

You know, it's strange but I have never had this soup before. I think it looks delicious and your recipe would be easy to execute. I imagine it to taste like chicken and dumplings?

Amy Desrosiers said...

I have never tried Matzo ball soup but have seen the ingredients in the stores. This looks really yummy!

Ann B said...

I have never made Matzah ball soup before. This looks like a delicious and easy recipe to try. I bet it will be a big hit.

Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas said...

This sounds delicious! I would love to make it sometime soon. It's the perfect time of year for soup!

Ourfamilyworld said...

That looks so delicious. I can't wait to make this for my family.