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Matzo Ball Soup

This traditional matzo ball soup is worth the extra effort. If you prefer, you can add egg noodles instead of matzo balls. —Julia Sherman, New Market, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 1-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 pound carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 6 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 package (5 ounces) matzo ball mix
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion


  • Place chicken in a large soup kettle; add the broth, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and enough water to cover the chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 55-65 minutes or until meat is tender, skimming the surface as foam rises.
  • Remove chicken and set aside until cool enough to handle. Strain broth and skim fat. Return broth to the kettle; add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, pepper and remaining salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 15 minutes or until carrots are tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk eggs and oil. Add matzo ball mix and onion; toss with a fork until combined. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Remove and discard skin and bones from chicken; chop chicken and add to soup. Stir in parsley. Bring to a boil. Drop 12 rounded teaspoonfuls of matzo ball dough into boiling soup. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a matzo ball comes out clean (do not lift cover while simmering).
  • With a slotted spoon, carefully remove matzo balls and place one in each soup bowl. Ladle soup over top.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 160 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 509mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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