Matzo balls are traditionally served in chicken soup and are a staple food on the Jewish holiday of Passover. Here at Great 8 Friends, we love Matzo Ball Soup anytime!
I have been hooked on Matzo Ball Soup since elementary school. It’s one of my favorites. The dumplings are fluffy and light, with a simple broth that makes a hearty soup…perfect for all seasons.
Spending many overnighters at my friend Lisa Zusman’s house, her mom, Marcha would be in the kitchen making her family recipe just as her dad Stanley was coming through the door. When I knew she was making a batch (and trying not to invite myself!) living just a couple minutes away, I’d be there just as that ladle started pouring it’s goodness! Another time I knew I could count on a dose of this centuries old soup, was at the home of our close family friend’s, the Kussin’s. This is where my sister’s and I learned a few Hebrew prayers and where Sandra, Larry and their four kids invited us to their home every year to celebrate Hanukkah. I remember their traditions so well, and wish I had spent more time paying attention to Sandra in the kitchen!
I know what you’re thinking, “did this child ever eat at home”….yes I did! I just couldn’t resist every opportunity to enjoy this delicious soup that simmered in their kitchens all day! Perfect for what ails you, too! A late dear friend of ours, Hank Sobel, once made a large batch for me when I had a bad cold…he called it his “penicillin”! He even had it handwritten on the container! On the days where I don’t have a whole lot of time on my hands, Anna’s Instant Pot Chicken Broth does the trick and is velvety rich and oh so delicious! Gotta love the convenience of the Instant Pot, right?!
My daughters, all in their 20s, also share my love for Matzo Ball Soup. I happily make it when I know they’ll be home. It makes a pretty big pot of soup, so you’re sure to have some leftovers. Don’t count on the leftovers sitting around for too long…the light fluffy matzo balls soak up the rich flavor of the broth. And just like most soups, it’s even better the next day!
To the Kussins, the Zusmans and sweet Hank in heaven…thank you for the memories! They are some of my favorites! xoxo
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