Matzo Ball Soup

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 530 calories
    • Fat 33 g (7 g saturated fat)
    • Cholesterol 230 mg
    • Sodium 1240 mg
    • Protein 39 g
    • Carbohydrate 25 g
    • Sugar 4 g
    • Fiber 3 g
    • Iron 2 mg
    • Calcium 64 mg

To make the matzo balls: Whisk together the eggs, oil, and seltzer in a large bowl. Add the matzo meal, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir the egg mixture into the matzo just to combine; cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

To make the soup: Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onion, and half the chopped carrots and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the chicken, broth, water, peppercorns and 3/4 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate; let cool. Shred the chicken with 2 forks and reserve for the soup. 

Strain the broth through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl and return to the pot. Add the remaining carrots and bring to a simmer. Cook until the carrots are just tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the reserved chicken and heat until warmed through.

Ingredients

  1. Check 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  2. Check 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  3. Check 2 tablespoons seltzer
  4. Check 1/2 cup matzo meal
  5. Check 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  6. Check 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  7. Check 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  8. Check 4 cloves garlic, coarsley chopped
  9. Check 1 small onion, coarsley chopped
  10. Check 4 carrots, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  11. Check 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 6 thighs)
  12. Check 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  13. Check 6 cups water
  14. Check 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  15. Check 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  16. Check fresh dill, for serving

Directions

  1. To make the matzo balls: Whisk together the eggs, oil, and seltzer in a large bowl. Add the matzo meal, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir the egg mixture into the matzo just to combine; cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
  2. To make the soup: Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onion, and half the chopped carrots and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the chicken, broth, water, peppercorns and 3/4 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate; let cool. Shred the chicken with 2 forks and reserve for the soup. 
  3. Strain the broth through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl and return to the pot. Add the remaining carrots and bring to a simmer. Cook until the carrots are just tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the reserved chicken and heat until warmed through.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Scoop the matzo mixture into 8 small balls (about a 1 1/2 inches each). Gently add the matzo balls and simmer, covered, until the balls are fluffy and soft, 40 to 45 minutes. Add two matzo balls to each bowl and ladle the hot soup overtop. Serve sprinkled with dill and additional black pepper.