Oma's Fabulous Matzo Ball Soup

    55 min

    This is a matzo ball soup that my grandmother used to make. It is our family's favourite 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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    Serves: 10 

    • 550g (1 lb 5 oz) matzo crackers
    • 110g (4 oz) butter
    • 6 eggs
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
    • 2 onions, minced
    • 150g (5 oz) matzo meal
    • 3 litres (5 1/4 pints) chicken stock

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil.
    2. 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.
    3. Melt butter in a large frying pan 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.
    4. 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 sized spheres.
    5. In a large saucepan, bring chicken stock to a slow boil over medium heat; add balls to stock. Serve soup as the balls rise to the top of the stock.

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    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.  -  15 Aug 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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?  -  27 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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.  -  15 Sep 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)