Matzoh Ball Soup

This savory soup is a Jewish favorite, often served during the Passover holidays.

Recipe from The Food Channel
Matzoh Ball Soup
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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onion, chopped 1/4 inch
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped 1/4 inch
  • 2 cups celery, chopped 1/4 inch
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 celery rib
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 48 ounces chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 5 ounce carton matzoh ball mix
  • 8 large flat-leaf parsley leaves or small sprigs
Heat oil in a large sauce pot over medium-low heat. Add onions and, stirring occasionally, sweat until translucent and completely tender, approximately 15-20 minutes. Do not allow to brown. Add carrots and celery and continue to cook until softened, approximately 15-20 minutes.
While the vegetables sweat, create a bouquet garni. Bundle the bay leaf and thyme with the celery rib and wrap several times with cooking twine to hold them together. Stick the pointed end of the cloves into the celery rib.
Add chicken stock and bouquet garni to pot, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pot and gently simmer until flavorful, approximately 45 minutes. Remove the bouquet garni.
While the soup simmers, prepare matzoh ball batter to package instructions, creating 24 balls 1" in diameter. Cook the matzoh balls as directed.
To serve, place 3 matzoh balls in a soup bowl and ladle 10 ounce soup and vegetables over the balls. Garnish with parsley leaf.
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