The secret to light, fluffy matzo balls is twofold: using seltzer instead of tap water and letting the mixture rest in the refrigerator so it's fully hydrated before cooking. In this easy soup recipe, the vegetables can be finely sliced to make an elegant soup or coarsely chopped or sliced for a more rustic presentation. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook

Kathy Gunst


Matzo Balls


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare matzo balls: Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Add oil and whisk to combine. Add matzo meal, seltzer, minced dill, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper; mix until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours.

  • Meanwhile, to prepare soup: Place chicken, carrots, celery, onions, parsnips, peppercorns, bay leaves and salt in a large stockpot; add water. Bring to a boil over high heat, skimming any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce heat to low and add 1/2 cup parsley and 3 tablespoons dill. Partially cover and simmer for 1 1/4 hours.

  • Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and let cool. Skim fat off the soup, if desired.

  • While the chicken cools, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. With wet hands and using a generous 2 tablespoons for each, form the matzo mixture into 16 balls about 2 inches in diameter. Add the matzo balls to the boiling water; return to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 25 minutes.

  • Remove the chicken from the bones. (Discard skin and bones.) Shred the chicken and stir into the soup.

  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked matzo balls to the soup. Return the soup to a simmer over medium heat. Mix the remaining 6 tablespoons parsley and 3 tablespoons dill. Serve the soup sprinkled with the herbs.


To make ahead: Refrigerate soup with matzo balls for up to 3 days. Freeze soup and matzo balls separately for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

278 calories; total fat 12.3g 19% DV; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 157mg 52% DV; sodium 490mg 20% DV; potassium 416mg 12% DV; carbohydrates 15.4g 5% DV; fiber 3.2g 13% DV; sugar 3g; protein 25.1g 50% DV; exchange other carbs 1; vitamin a iu 4282IU; vitamin c 9mg; folate 36mcg; calcium 52mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 35mg.