Matzo Ball Soup With Celery and Dill Recipe (2024)



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Stephanie M

For 50 years I have used the fat from the top of the chicken soup to make the matzoh balls. I just make the soup a day ahead of time and refrigerate it. The next day it is easy to take the fat off the top of the soup. It adds an extra dimension to the flavor of the matzoh balls.


WHAT!!! No dill, fresh naturally, in your soup! As my late grandmother would say, "A Shanda."

Mikey in NH

OMG why would you want to cook your matzo balls in water, they taste so much better if you cook them in your soup directly. They absorb the flavor of the soup. So what if you get cloudy broth, its soup. Also, adding dill to the matzo balls is a nice touch in our house.

New Yorker

Add a parsnip or two to the other veggies and it will add some sweetness and an extra layer of flavor to the broth. I also add a grind or two of nutmeg to the matzoh ball ingredients and always cover the pot and keep it at a gentle boil. You also don’t have to “sacrifice” a matzoh ball to test if it’s done. If it’s not cooked through to the center, just put it back in the pot. Depending on the size of your matzoh balls, you may have to cook them for 25 to 30 minutes. Heavenly, all year round!


You must cover the pot, simmer not hard boil.If it's uncovered the matzoh balls will be brown where exposed.At a temp of 205 degrees they are done


I cook matzo balls way ahead of use. Freeze separately on cookie sheet over night, then package in baggies. When ready to serve, bring chicken broth to a boil, drop in matzo balls and simmer until they are done. I find the longer they simmer, the fluffier they are. Have been doing this for years .

Judy Zabar

From my experience the matzo balls (knoedlich) must simmer in a covered pot 30-45 minutes or they will be doughy in the center. Have a sweet Passover.


Here are a few of my closely held secrets for light, fluffy matzoh balls:.1. separate eggs + whisk whites to frothy peaks before gently folding in.2. chill/wet fingers with ice cubes for forming matzoh balls.3. do *not* compact matzoh balls as you form them, and don't worry about making perfect, tight, meatball-like spheres; instead, shape with as little pressure as possible. (If loose pieces float off them as they cook, so be it...if cloud-like, rather than dense, results are your goal.)


If you're grinding your own matzo meal from matzo boards in a food processor, it's important to achieve a similar grind to that of commercial matzo meal used in recipes like this one. A cup of the commercial matzo meal that I buy from a well-known company weighs about 125 grams (4 ¼ oz.) Grind away in your food processor, and every so often, check what a cup of your meal weighs. It will be lighter at first, and get progressively heavier as you continue grinding.


Many people are asking why the matzoh balls are cooked in a pot separately from the soup - boiling matzoh balls right in the broth means the broth will become cloudy. Though not every cook may care about broth clarity, Alison states "crystal clear" broth as one of her objectives in the intro.


I’ve been making Seder for > 30 yrs. As a “modern balibusta” I’d like to comment on the soup/matzo balls recipes: 1. The soup: I include a handful of black peppercorns added to the pot. Toss them in or wrap in cheesecloth to contain. 2. The balls: - chicken fat a must if you can. I save mine in the freezer from raw chicken trimmings and render. - use chicken soup as the liquid for flavor. - balls need cooking for minimum 45-60 min.- can make ahead and freeze balls.


I love you Alison, but you need to add fresh dill to the broth with a fennel bulb. This was my Jewish Grandmother's secret. You will thank me later.

Barry Swennumson

Alison, This is a classic. We will do it just as you instruct. I love the way you describe all the personal and family touches, the little secrets passed down with love and even humor. The matzo balls sound like divine inspiration. My Norwegian grandmother and my aunts would religiously create lefse the old fashioned way that would be perfect just hot with butter.Your matzo ball soup is of course better, a complete meal. But it's the ritual and the love that wins out. Cudos!


You can save tons of time by doing the broth in the instant pot; 30 minutes under pressure (about 1 hour from start to finish) and you have broth that tastes like you cooked it all day. I have a basket insert for mine, so I just pull it out and am left with the broth, no fuss no muss. Actually have a pot going right now.

Lara Stevens

I made the recipe as instructed and it turned out really badly. The stock was beautiful and had a great flavour, but the balls were a disaster. I used matzo boards that I ground, but the mixture after refrigerated was way too runny. I don’t think the flour was able to take up the total liquid quantity. I had to pipe them into the pot and unfortunately they ended up looking like poos floating around in the stock.


Also separated and whipped the egg whitesDefinitely use smaltz. Some make it with onions or skim soup


Hii I love this recipe! If I want to half the recipe — is the broth cooking time different bc less to cook through?

P Bossany

Made this with chicken broth from our butcher and simmered it with aromatics as suggested. The matzoh ball mix was a bit too wet after resting so added more matzoh meal to the mix. Turned out fluffy and delicious!

Robin Gausebeck

I made this over 2 days and used the fat from the chicken broth in the matzo balls. I added a parsnip to the broth for a little added depth and simmered the broth for about 4 hours, 2 with the lid on and 2 without. The matzo balls were the lightest I’ve ever made. The recipe is spot-on for cooking times and flavor.


I made it as described. WOW! Totally worth it. I substituted matzo meal for matzo boards, crushed in the food processor. Superb in flavor and texture!

Jane L.

One of our secret matzoh ball tricks is to poke the matzoh ball with a toothpick twice before cooking it. This has been a family tradition for over 50 years. The toothpick holes allow the matzoh ball to absorb moisture and air. They become more fluffy and moist. Our other trick is to form the balls with cold wet hands and lay them on a plate before cooking them. This allows you to put them all in a boiling pot of water at them time. This practice promotes uniform cooking.


Make sure to skim the foam off the broth.


This is very good I combined some elements of Joan Nathan’s recipe added ginger,nutmegDill, and have to use seltzer! it’s important to cook for longer as the balls I make are larger I used an ice cream scoop and spoon very lightly shaped and simmered for 40 minutes covered (my last batch had 14)


I always add the salt after the broth has simmered for an hour or so. The osmodic conversion of nutrients from the chicken, bones sand vegetables does not occur after salt is added.

Beth K

Love love the flavor but the soup cooked down to nothing. Should I cover the soup pot while it simmers?

Beth K

just saw a prior question and answer - simmer COVERED (please update the recipe it was a disaster to learn I didn't have enough soup on the day of the meal)


10-12 minutes is definitely not long enough to cook a matzo ball. More like 30-40 minutes. They can't be overcooked.

Roberto in SF

I suggest simmering the chicken just until the meat is barely cooked, 30-40 minutes at a simmer, then remove the chicken parts to a plate with tongs. when it's cool enough to handle, pull off the tastiest breast and thigh meat and tear or cut into soup spoon-size pieces, leaving some meat on the bones. Return meaty bones to stock and continue simmering up to 4 hrs. Add chicken meat 10-15 min before serving to finish cooking.

Raina Shine

I use "soup greens" to make the broth; the package, in the vegetable section of the supermarket--and at a price getting higher each year-- includes celery, an onion, a turnip, dill and parsley. And most important, in adding "sweetness," a parsnip! I always look for a parsnip to be included in any recipe for chicken soup; disappointed it's not part of this recipe. The soup greens pack does save one from abandoned celery.AND: When you cook the matzoh balls, shouldn't the pot be covered?


I had one packet of a matzah ball soup box mix in my pantry, and used it with no problem. Approximately half the recipe, with 3 eggs, no additional salt. Makes 12 matzah balls. Delicious with the schmaltz!

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