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Best Ever Matzo Ball Soup

My recipe for Crystal Clear Chicken Soup has been a hit for years, since I put it in my Joy of Kosher cookbook. And everyone loves my Matzo Ball recipe, so I decided to put these two together for the best ever matzo ball soup.

Make sure to use a great quality extra virgin olive oil. We love Colavita!

Note: For optimum flavor and results, this soup has to be started the night before.

Make this soup in the instant pot: Place all the ingredients listed in the chicken stock recipe in the Instant Pot. Cover the vegetables and chicken with water until it reaches max liquid allowance. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.  Transfer to a regular pot to keep warm with matzo balls. 

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  • 8Servings


Chicken Stock

  • 3-4 pounds chicken bones
  • 4 or 5 beef marrow bones
  • 5 medium carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 large parsnips, roughly chopped
  • 2 small turnips, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium parsley roots, quartered, or sub in a combo of more parsnips and turnips
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • Several sprigs of flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half to expose cloves
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 4 whole allspice berries or 2 whole cloves


  • 1 large zucchini, cut into ⅛-inch julienne
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, cut into ⅛-inch julienne
  • 1 large daikon, peeled, cut into ⅛-inch julienne
  • 1 pound angel hair pasta, cooked and drained, at room temperature
  • Kosher salt

Matzo Balls


Chicken Stock

1. Place chicken, marrow bones, carrots, parsnips, turnips, parsley roots, onion, and garlic in a 12-quart stockpot. Add water to cover bones and lightly simmer until foam starts to form on the top. Skim and discard the foam (schmutz) from the top.

2. Add parsley, peppercorns, and allspice (or cloves) and return simmer. Simmer, uncovered, over low heat for 1 hour. Cover and continue simmering stock for an additional 3 hours. Turn off heat and allow stock to steep.

3. Strain vegetables and bones and discard. Cool completely before storing, covered, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days or freezing for 2 months.

Matzo Balls

1. In a medium mixing bowl beat eggs with a fork for 30 to 60 seconds.

2. Add seltzer and evoo and beat together another 15 to 30 seconds.

3. Add matzo meal and mix together until just combined, don't overmix. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until firm.

4. In a medium sized pot bring 3 quarts of well-salted water to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.

5. With wet or well oiled hands form matzo balls by gently rolling a spoonful of matzo ball batter to approximately 1-inch in diameter in the palm of your hands.

6. Drop matzo balls carefully into simmering salt water one at a time. Cover the pot and cook for 30 to 40 minutes. 


1. To serve soup, remove the surface fat and pour broth into a large pot. Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook until warm, 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if needed.

2. Place a few pieces of the julianned vegetables and ¼ cup cooked angel hair in each soup bowl and ladle the hot soup over the pasta. Serve immediately.

3. This soup can be frozen after the surface fat is removed. 

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