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Vegetarian Harissa Matzo Ball Soup


These harissa-spiked matzo balls were a big hit at my table. You can use your favorite chicken soup recipe, but if you have any vegetarians at your table try this flavorful veggie broth.

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  • 4Servings



  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 kohlrabi, chopped
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup fresh dill
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon Jamie Geller Harissa
  • ½ cup whole wheat matzo meal
  • ¼ cup seltzer



1. Heat evoo in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, kohlrabi, ginger and garlic to pot. Cook vegetables for 5 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Add water, bay leaves, dill, parsley, salt and pepper. 

2. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook on a low heat for at least one hour.

3. Remove from heat and discard solids. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Set aside.


1. In a medium mixing bowl beat eggs, evoo, salt and harissa with a fork for 30 to 60 seconds.

2. Add matzo meal and seltzer and mix together until just combined. Cover and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

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

4. With wet 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. Drop matzo balls carefully into simmering salt water one at a time. Cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes.

5. Carefully transfer matzo balls to warm soup, keep hot until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 230
  • Carbohydrate Content: 25 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 90 mg
  • Fat Content: 13 g
  • Fiber Content: 45 g
  • Protein Content: 8 g
  • Sodium Content: 410 mg
  • Sugar Content: 4 g