Matzoh Ball Soup


roughly 15 matzoh balls


1 hour and 15 min

3 hours refrigeration


1 cup matzoh meal

4 large eggs

1/4 cup schmaltz

1/4 cup chicken stock

2 tablespoons finely chopped parsely, dill

1 teaspooon salt

black pepper


In a large bowl, combine the eggs, schmaltz, stock, matzo meal and parsley. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Gently mix with a whisk or spoon. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 3 hours or overnight.

To shape and cook the matzo balls, fill a wide, deep pan with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. With wet hands, take some of the mix and mold it into the size and shape of a Ping-Pong ball. Gently drop it into the boiling water, repeating until all the mix is used.

Cover the pan, reduce heat to a lively simmer and cook matzo balls about 30 to 40 minutes for al dente, longer for light. If desired, the cooked matzo balls can be transferred to chicken or vegetable soup and served immediately. Alternatively, they may be placed on a baking sheet and frozen, then transferred to a freezer bag and kept frozen until a few hours before serving; reheat in chicken or vegetable soup or broth.

Recipe by Joan Nathan, photo by Bon Appetit