The Ultimate Matzo Ball Soup for Passover or Hanukkah

Matzo Ball Soup is a traditional Jewish dish that is often served during Passover or other Jewish holidays. Here is a delicious recipe that yields a classic, comforting soup with fluffy matzo balls.


For the Matzo Balls

  • 1 cup matzo meal
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)

For the Soup

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the matzo meal, eggs, vegetable oil, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and chopped parsley (if using). Mix well until a smooth and sticky dough forms.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  3. In a large soup pot, bring the chicken broth to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, sliced carrots, sliced celery, minced garlic, dried thyme, and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Using wet hands, shape the chilled matzo dough into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter. Gently drop the matzo balls into the simmering broth.
  5. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the matzo balls are cooked through and tender.
  6. Remove the bay leaf from the soup and discard. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve hot.

Enjoy your comforting and delicious Matzo Ball Soup!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are matzo balls?

Matzo balls are dumplings made with matzo meal, eggs, oil, and seasonings. They are light and fluffy and often served in soup.

Can I freeze Matzo Ball Soup?

Yes, you can freeze Matzo Ball Soup for up to 2-3 months. However, it is best to freeze the soup and the matzo balls separately and then reheat them together when ready to serve.

Can I add other vegetables to the soup?

Yes, you can add other vegetables, such as potatoes, parsnips, or leeks, to the soup for added flavour and nutrition.

Can I use store-bought chicken broth?

Yes, you can use store-bought chicken broth if you don’t have homemade chicken broth on hand. However, the homemade broth will give the soup a richer flavour.

Rusty Burlington


  • Rusty Griswold

    Since 2015, I have been building my light display to celebrate the holiday season and experimenting with various recipes to bring people together around the table. I have learned many do's and don'ts in both areas along the way, and share them with everyone via the website.

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