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Matzo Ball Soup

Our Matzo Ball Soup uses low FODMAP gluten-free matzo, which may or may not be considered appropriate for your seder table. Please consult your rabbi. We think we have come up with a really great version. Enjoy!

Course: Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine: Jewish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Makes: 12 Servings
Calories: 265 kcal
Author: Dédé Wilson


Matzo Balls:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (75 g) very finely ground low FODMAP gluten-free matzo meal
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) melted schmaltz (chicken fat) or vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons club soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 24 cups (5.7 L) low FODMAP Chicken Stock, ready to use
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into very thin (1/8-inch/3 mm) rounds
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into very thin (1/8-inch/3 mm) rounds
  • Fresh dill


  1. About 2 hours before serving, make the Matzo Ball mixture: whisk the eggs very well in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the matzo meal, schmaltz, club soda and salt and stir together very well. The mixture will look wet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, use a small scoop to make approximately 2 tablespoon sized portions and use very wet hands to roll them into beautiful little balls. I roll the matzo balls one by one and lower them into the water as I go. Simmer the matzo balls for about 20 minutes. They should swell up and firm up. Some recipes will tell you to cook until they sink; these will not sink.

  3. Meanwhile, bring stock to a simmer and add your carrot and parsnip rounds and simmer for a few minutes until the vegetables are tender. Ladle soup and vegetables into individual soup dishes, add a matzo ball to each serving and garnish with fresh dill. Serve immediately. 



  • Sourcing the matzo might take some doing. I have had to resort to ordering on-line most of the time, so plan ahead.
Nutrition Facts
Matzo Ball Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 217mg9%
Potassium 116mg3%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 4.4mg5%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.