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Aunt Gillie's Matzo Ball Soup

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“Chicken soup is a universal panacea - invoked by many cultures as a cure for colds and broken hearts alike. With matzo balls added, it becomes a meal in a bowl, so tasty and delicious!!”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. TO MAKE SOUP: Combine chicken, carrots, onions, celery, parsnips, leeks, garlic, dill, parsley in a large stockpot with water to cover. Bring just to a boil over medium-high heat. Skim foam. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. Strain and discard solids (chicken may be reserved for another use), then cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, then remove any solidified fat from the surface.
  2. TO MAKE MOTZO BALLS: Grate enough onion to yeild about 2 tablespoons and set aside the rest. In a large bowl, combine grated onion, eggs, margarine, matzo meal, parsley, and 1/4 cup water or chicken soup. Mix well, season with salt and pepper and set aside to rest for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Wet hands and roll dough in your palms into 23 2-inch balls (they will expand as they cook). Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons salt and remaining onion. Drop matzo balls into water one at a time. (they won't stick together if the pot is large enough). Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 30-40 minutes. Drain, remove to a plate and cover, until ready to use. (Matzo balls will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator).
  4. TO SERVE: heat soup over medium heat and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add matzo balls and heat through. Garnish with sprigs of dill.

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