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Flavorful Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

Flavorful Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

Our Test Kitchen shares the recipe for this traditional soup. You can make the soup a day ahead and reheat it just before serving.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 2 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 10 cups water
  • 12 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 3 small turnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium leek (white portion only), sliced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons water or chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons rendered chicken fat
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 cup matzo meal
  • 8 cups water


  • 1. For broth, in a stockpot, combine the first 12 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the egg yolks on high speed for 2 minutes or until thick and lemon-colored. Add the water, chicken fat and 1/2 teaspoon salt. In another bowl, beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form; fold into yolk mixture. Fold in matzo meal. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until thickened.
  • 3. In another stockpot, bring water to a boil; add remaining salt. Drop eight rounded tablespoonfuls of matzo ball dough into boiling water. 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).
  • 4. Strain broth, discarding vegetables and seasonings. Carefully remove matzo balls from water with a slotted spoon; place one matzo ball in each soup bowl. Add broth. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 100 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 322mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

Reviews for Flavorful Matzo Ball Soup

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Marsha184 User ID: 3805686 128355
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009

"Wonderful soup; almost as if my grandmother made it. Thanks for a terrific recipe."

ajjs User ID: 3058836 65552
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2008

"just made this soup tonight and it came out like weak tea i had to put 2 cans of store bought chicken broth in to save it. I dont know what test kitchen you had it in, but it had no flavor, very unhappy with this soup.

I will keep cooking AJJS"

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