Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls

To turn this favorite soup into a main dish, add 2 cups of the cooked chicken and add it to the broth with the vegetables.

Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls

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Servings: 10
Prep Time: 1 hr
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  • 1  4 - 5  pound 
    roasting chicken
  • 2 1/2  quarts 
  • 1   cup 
    chopped onion (2 medium)
  • 1/2  cup 
    sliced leek (1 large)
  • 1 1/2  cups 
    sliced celery (3 stalks)
  • 1   tablespoon 
  • 1/4  teaspoon 
    ground black pepper
  • 1   cup 
    sliced carrot (2 medium)
  • 1   cup 
    sliced parsnip (2 medium)
  • 4 - 5   
    parsley sprigs
  • 4   
    sprigs fresh dill weed or 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed (optional)
  • 1   recipe 
    Matzo Balls
Matzo Balls
  • 1   cup 
    matzo meal
  • 1   teaspoon 
  •  Dash 
    ground black pepper
  • 4   
    slightly beaten eggs
  • 1/4  cup 
    chicken fat
  • 1/4  cup 
    carbonated water

Place chicken in an 8- to 10-quart pot. Add the water, onions, leek, celery, salt, and pepper. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 1-1/2 hours or until chicken is almost tender. Add carrots and parsnips; simmer, covered, for 30 minutes more or until chicken and vegetables are tender.
Remove chicken from pot. When cool enough to handle remove and discard skin from chicken. Pull meat from bones, discarding bones. Chop meat, reserving 3 cups (cover and chill or freeze any remaining chopped chicken for another use).
Using a slotted spoon, remove vegetables from broth; set aside. Strain broth through two layers of 100-percent cotton cheesecloth placed in a colander; discard solids. Skim fat from broth. Return broth and vegetables to pot. Add parsley and, if desired, dill weed; heat through. Serve in bowls with Matzo Balls.
Matzo Balls
In a mixing bowl combine matzo meal, salt, and pepper. Beat in eggs and chicken fat (schmaltz) until well blended. Stir in carbonated water. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. With wet hands, shape dough into 1-inch balls. Carefully drop dough into a large pot of gently boiling salted water. Cover; simmer for 30 minutes or until Matzo Balls test done (they should be light and cooked all the way through). Do not uncover pot until end of cooking. Remove carefully with a slotted spoon. Serve in hot Chicken Soup. Makes about 30 balls.

Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 276, Fat, total (g) 14, chol. (mg) 127, sat. fat (g) 4, carb. (g) 16, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 20, vit. A (RE) 360.58, vit. C (mg) 4.13, sodium (mg) 451, calcium (mg) 30.29, iron (mg) 1.98, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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