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Matzo Ball Soup

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 6 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 13 ingredients
Matzo Ball Soup is not known for nothing as the Jewish penicillin. It’s a healing and nutritious comfort food that is loved at family gatherings during Passover, but also year round. This recipe makes...


For matzo balls:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoons canola or grape seed oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cups seltzer
  • ½ cup matzo meal (see Ann’s Tip)

For soup:

  • 1 tablespoon grape seed oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth or Rich Chicken Stock
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or flat leaf parsley

Nutrition Facts


185 cals


8 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

4 g

Monounsaturated Fat

2 g


20 g


5 g


4 g


10 g


349 mg


  1. Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl for 30 seconds or until foamy.  Stir in oil, salt, and seltzer with a wooden spoon.  Gradually, in a steady stream stir in the matzo meal.  Gently fold in just until absorbed.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large stockpot heat oil and onions over medium-high heat.  Once the onions have become translucent, add the celery.  Cook stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the carrots, parsnips and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Once the matzo dough has chilled, bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer.  Using wet hands very gently roll 1 tablespoons of dough into loose balls, and drop them into the simmering water, one ball at a time.  Do not press into tight balls, this will cause heavier denser matzo balls.  Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Once the matzo balls are ready transfer to the chicken soup. Ladle into bowls and serve with dill or parsley.

Chef Tips

Look for matzo meal in the Kosher section of your local supermarket.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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