Recipe: Matzo Ball Soup… good comfort food

My go-to comfort food is Matzo Ball Soup… if you haven’t tried this at a classic delicatessen and if you haven’t tried this homemade, then you are missing out.


I don’t remember my Mom making this soup when I was a kid… and I don’t remember when I started making it. But at the first sound of a sniffle or the first sight of a frown on faces at the box, and the matzo mix comes out.

Last week, my oldest daughter was sick with a cold and sore throat. She immediately asked for Matzo Ball Soup since that was the only food that sounded good to her. I can’t claim that it made her well, but it made her feel better, it tasted good to her, and I felt like a good mama.

It’s the warm chicken broth and the soft matzo balls that make anyone feel better!  It is the ‘cure all’ for headaches, colds and sniffles, stress and tension, tummy aches and the heartaches. (by ‘cure all’ I mean it makes you feel better… I am not implying anymore than that)

Matzo Balls are a great food for toddlers! My little cousin Kent loves Matzo Balls made by my Aunt, his Bubbe (grandmother in Yiddish). He gets them chopped into bite size pieces right on this food plate for his toddler fingers to grab.


My Aunt adds schmaltz, which I am informed is rendered chicken fat. I skip that step just because I don’t usually have schmaltz on hand and wouldn’t know where to find it in the grocery store. But I am sure it adds a richness to the flavor.


This is a good opportunity for the kids to help out in the kitchen too. The matzo meal is easy to mix it up and rolling the matzo balls out is kinda fun for their little hands — but of course keep them back from the boiling pot of broth on the stove (I couldn’t not say that here). 


Then you just drop the balls in the boiling pot, cover, and wait for it to be soup.


I make my soup with chicken broth and extra chicken base, garlic, carrots, and the matzo balls. I have only ever used Manischewitz brand for the matzo meal. The soup seasoning mix can be too salty, so I generally use low sodium broth. Otherwise, I follow the recipe on the box. 

It’s nice to have the Matzo Ball Soup as a tradition in our family… it is truly the go-to remedy for feeling bad.

What is your go-to comfort food for feeling bad in body or spirit?

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