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Celebrate Chanukah with a Delightful Tradition: Matzo Ball Soup {Recipe}

Matzo Ball Soup: Traditional Jewish Comfort FoodGrowing up in a traditional Jewish family, there was never a shortage of delicious foods at holiday celebrations. Every Chanukah party and Passover Seder was an excuse to gorge on everything from potato latkes to noodle kugel. The dish I always looked forward to most, however, was my Grandma’s matzo ball soup! Simple to make and delicious to eat. I don’t know anyone who has tried this dumpling soup and not fallen in love at first bite. Even my super picky step-kids love it!

From Grandma’s Recipe Book to My Kitchen

At 98, my Grandmother’s days of cooking are long past. But I can’t live without one of my most favorite foods on the planet. So now, I have the honor of making matzo ball soup for our holiday gatherings. And it’s not just the eating part that I enjoy – I love creating this delicious comfort food, too! However, since holiday gatherings and family events are few and far between, I also make it whenever the nostalgic cravings take hold. And since winter’s chilly nights are just around the corner, you will surely find me in the kitchen forming balls of matzo meal to add to the salty, savory broth.

From my family to yours, please enjoy this beloved recipe that has made many joyful occasions in our family a little extra special!

Matzo Ball Soup

Serves 6 – 8 people


– 1 1/4 cups matzo meal
– 5 eggs
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 tablespoon vodka
– 2 tablespoons club soda
– 1 tablespoon chicken broth
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil
– 8 cups water
– 8 cups low sodium chicken broth


1. Mix matzo meal, eggs, salt, vodka, club soda, 1 tablespoon chicken broth, and vegetable oil in large bowl and place in freezer for 45 minutes.

Matzo Ball Soup: Traditional Jewish Comfort Food

2. Put water in large pot on stove at medium heat. Take matzo meal mix out of freezer and form into balls approximately 2 inches in diameter.

Matzo Ball Soup: Traditional Jewish Comfort Food

3. When water is hot (but not boiling), use a slotted spoon to place each ball into soup. Cover pot and cook for 40 minutes. In another pot, begin heating the chicken broth over medium heat 15 minutes before matzo balls are done cooking.

Matzo Ball Soup: Traditional Jewish Comfort Food

4. Use a slotted spoon to add cooked matzo balls to heated chicken broth and serve.

Matzo Ball Soup: Traditional Jewish Comfort Food

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