This is a matzo ball soup that my grandmother used to make. It is our family's favorite part of the meal. It serves a lot of people depending on the size of the bowl you use. Make sure to not add too much matzo meal in order to make the matzo ball float to the top of the boiling water.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.

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  • Break matzo crackers into small pieces, and place in a large bowl. Add water to cover; allow to soak for a few minutes, until soft. Drain off excess water.

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat and stir in drained matzos; stir until mixture is dry and slightly brown. Remove from heat, and mix in eggs, salt and pepper to taste, parsley, and onions.

  • Mix in just enough matzo meal to make mixture hold together. Roll one golf ball-size matzo ball. Place matzo ball in the boiling water to test the mixture. The ball must rise to the top of the water and not break apart. If it does not rise, then too much matzo meal was added. In this case, add another beaten egg to the mixture and try again. When desired consistency is reached, roll all of mixture into golf ball size spheres.

  • In a large saucepan, bring chicken broth to a slow boil over medium heat; add balls to broth. Serve soup as the balls rise to the top of the broth.

Nutrition Facts

448.4 calories; 16.9 g protein; 63.5 g carbohydrates; 136 mg cholesterol; 964.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
hi I'm writing from Israel, I'm Jewish, and I agree that NOTHING in the world beats a good bowl of chicken soup, especially when it's winter and/or you're not feeling well. HOWEVER, I must add a small remark: this recipe is NOT KOSHER. I don't keep kosher, but I should explain why: any mix of dairy with meat is forbidden for all religious Jews. since the matzo balls in this recipe are made with butter, they are dairy. if you want this recipe to be kosher, substitute the butter with butter-flavored shortening, just make sure it's kosher, and non-dairy. enjoy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/27/2008
I love matzo ball soup!...but while the balls float they don't seem to expand. Instead of turning out large and fluffy they're smaller with tough insides. Any advice? Read More
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85 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2003
hi I'm writing from Israel, I'm Jewish, and I agree that NOTHING in the world beats a good bowl of chicken soup, especially when it's winter and/or you're not feeling well. HOWEVER, I must add a small remark: this recipe is NOT KOSHER. I don't keep kosher, but I should explain why: any mix of dairy with meat is forbidden for all religious Jews. since the matzo balls in this recipe are made with butter, they are dairy. if you want this recipe to be kosher, substitute the butter with butter-flavored shortening, just make sure it's kosher, and non-dairy. enjoy. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/27/2008
I love matzo ball soup!...but while the balls float they don't seem to expand. Instead of turning out large and fluffy they're smaller with tough insides. Any advice? Read More
(120)
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2003
This recipe was fantastic! This was my first time making matzo ball soup, and it turned out perfectly. I used the lightly salted matzo and added a little extra butter. Note that this recipe makes about 30 or so matzo balls. I froze about half of the matzo balls, then defrosted and added to some broth for a quick soup on another day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2007
I rated this 5 stars because this is THE BEST Matzo Ball soup I have ever had!!! I made my own chicken broth (used only chicken necks celery carrots onion and water) on Saturday strained the broth refridgerated it for 2 days so it could mellow out and then followed the recipe for the matzo balls. They are awesome! I used the Manishevitz Egg and Onion Matzo crackers. Maybe that was the clincher. Im feeling like im catching a cold today so this was the perfect dinner to have. Plus I have leftovers for a couple lunches! My 3 kids and husband also really liked it. THANKS OMA!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2008
You have to have some big honkin pots sitting around to do this recipe justice but it's worth it - a great outcome to be sure. Considerations: I used olive oil instead of butter 5 finely processed matzo instead of purchased matzo meal and my boxes were larger 16 oz boxes so I used 20 matzo out of 28 available in 2 boxes. I would add a third large can of chicken broth because as it was my matzo balls only had room to pile up. I would also try using a scoop with a release like an 1/4 or 1/2 cup ice cream scoop. I boiled them for a half hour and they were perfect. All hail Oma. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2003
In my heart chicken soup will always be the perfect comfort food because my "Oma" made the best except she used noodles. As an adult I'm totally addicted to matzo ball soup and now my kids are too. This is a fantastic soup. If you've never tried making matzo balls give this a shot; you'll probably never want to put just plain egg noodles in your soup again. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2010
I separated the yolks from the whites. I whipped the whites until stiff and after mixing the ingredients I folded in the whites. All of the Matzo Balls floated to the top!! Great recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2005
I used one onion green onion garlic and parsley to roll into this mixture. In general matzo ball soup is bland but this really kicked up the flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2008
Very good. Makes lots of balls. I froze more than half of them. I thought I had my mixture wrong because the balls did not float right away. Give them a few minutes they floated for me. Read More
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