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Article: Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup

Servings: 6


  • 3 pounds, chicken
  • 2 beef soup bones
  • 3 stalks, celery – halved
  • 2 medium, carrots – halved
  • 1 onion – halved
  • 5 plum tomatoes – quartered
  • 3 sprigs, parsley
  • 3 sprigs, dill
  • 1 teaspoon, coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon, black peppercorns
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 large, eggs
  • 3 tablespoons, grated shallot or onion – squeezed dry
  • 1 small clove, garlic – finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon, finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon, ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon, finely chopped fresh dill – plus small sprigs for topping
  • 1 tablespoon, minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup, matzo meal
  • Kosher salt


To make the broth:

Put the chicken, beef bones, celery, carrots, onion, tomatoes, parsley, dill, coriander seeds, peppercorns, and 2 teaspoons salt in a large pot. 

Add enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring
to a simmer over medium-high heat; reduce the heat to maintain a low simmer and cook, skimming off the foam occasionally, 3 hours.

Strain, discarding the solids. Let cool until the fat rises to the surface. (The
broth can be made up to 3 days ahead; cover and refrigerate.) Skim off the fat, reserving 2 tablespoons fat for the matzo balls.

To make the matzo balls:

Whisk the eggs and reserved chicken-broth fat in a bowl. Stir in the shallot, garlic,
lemon zest, ginger, dill, parsley, matzo meal, 1/4 cup of the prepared broth and 1 3/4 teaspoons salt.

Cover and chill at least 2 hours or overnight.

Roll heaping teaspoonfuls of dough into balls with damp hands. Cover and chill until ready to cook, up to 8 hours.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the matzo balls and reduce the heat to maintain a low simmer; cover and cook until the balls are tender, 35 minutes.

Meanwhile, warm the prepared broth.

Drain the matzo balls and serve in the warm broth. Top with dill.