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.

Kathy Gunst
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook


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3 hrs


Matzo Balls


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  • 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; protein 25.1g; carbohydrates 15.4g; dietary fiber 3.2g; sugars 3g; fat 12.3g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 157.4mg; vitamin a iu 4281.7IU; vitamin c 9.3mg; folate 35.6mcg; calcium 51.7mg; iron 1.8mg; magnesium 34.6mg; potassium 416.3mg; sodium 490.3mg.