Matzo Ball Soup 


Prep School

Published by Agate Surrey

This image courtesy of Bill Hogan / Chicago Tribune

A friend, Jennifer Diamond, shared her grandmother Muriel Diamond's soup recipe with me. This version is adapted from that recipe. For best flavor and matzo ball texture, make this the day before serving.

8 servings

Preparation Time30 min

Preparation Time - Text30 minute

Cooking Time2 min

Cooking Time - Text120



Total Timea day or more

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Courseappetizer, main course

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, lunch

Type of Dishhot soup, soup


  • 3 pounds chicken thighs or 1 whole cut up chicken
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 large sweet onions, cut into large dice
  • 6 each, cut into bite sized pieces: carrots, celery ribs
  • 3 to 6 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup matzo meal
  • 2 tablespoons chicken fat skimmed from soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 pound thin egg noodles, cooked in water


  1. Place chicken in a stock pot with salted water to cover. Heat to a boil; reduce to a simmer. Cook until chicken is tender, 45-60 minutes. Remove chicken from stock; reserve. Add vegetables, bay leaves and parsley to stock; simmer until vegetables are almost soft, 30 minutes. Cool slightly.

  2. Meanwhile, make matzo balls. Combine eggs, matzo meal, chicken fat and salt in a bowl. Work into a dough. Refrigerate dough and soup, covered, overnight.

  3. Remove dough from refrigerator; roll into walnut-size balls. Heat soup to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer. Drop matzo balls into soup; simmer, covered, 30 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Season soup to taste. Place 1 or 2 matzo balls, some of the chicken, vegetables and cooked noodles in a bowl; ladle hot soup over.


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