Chicken Soup With Matzo Balls: From Our Kitchen to Yours!

By: Sophie Kaufman, Museum Intern

I came up with the idea for the event Old Recipes for a New Generation: Chicken Soup & Matzo Ball Demo (Monday, March 10, 2014) because, to put it simply, I wanted to learn how to make matzo ball soup! There are certain traditional Jewish recipes that everyone should know how to whip up. These recipes are easy to make, healthy and affordable. At our cooking event, Eldridge Street’s Program Director Hanna Griff-Sleven will be guiding participants through the steps of making the perfect Jewish penicillin. Hanna learned this delicious recipe from her mother, and here we pass it onto you!

Hanna's beautiful soup!

Hanna’s beautiful soup!


Chicken Soup With Matzo Balls Recipe

Chicken Soup Ingredients:


  1. Use a sizable pot, enough for a chicken and 10 cups of water
  2. Peel the onion and cut it into chunks
  3. Put a table spoon of margarine in the stock pot
  4. Throw onions into the pot and sauté until light brown
  5. Put the chicken into the pot and cover it with about 10 cups of water
  6. Put the water on high heat and bring to a boil
  7. When boiling, add a table spoon and a half of Osem Consomme broth and the chopped vegetables (celery, carrot, parsnip, turnip, ginger root, garlic), parsley and dill
  8. Cover the pot and keep on low-to-medium heat
  9. Check soup occasionally and let it cook for about an hour and a half
  10. Add seasoning to taste

Matzo Ball Ingredients:


  1. Beat the eggs in a bowl
  2. Add the oil, matzo meal and salt
  3. Blend together
  4. Add broth or water until mix is uniform
  5. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes Meanwhile…
  6. Bring 6 cups of water to a brisk boil
  7. Remove the chilled matzo ball mixture
  8. Moisten hands and form the batter into matzo balls, approximately one inch in diameter
  9. Reduce the heat on the pot and drop the matzo balls into the boiling water
  10. Cover tightly and simmer until thoroughly cooked – about 30 minutes
  11. Remove them from the water and add them to the soup

Some Tips From Hanna:

When the soup is done, Hanna likes to cut up a little bit of dill to sprinkle on the bowl. Sprinkle the dill onto the boiling soup and let it just cook for a minute.

For different flavors, you can also add chopped up basil or coriander!


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