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Easy Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

This easy matzo ball soup recipe is the perfect dish for the fall and winter. Hot and hearty, but not heavy. This soup is full of tender chicken breast carrots, onions, celery, and garlic, along with classic matzo balls. I like using boneless chicken breasts for a healthier soup. No fat to skim off. 

I’m a big fan of matzo ball soup. I have been since I was a little girl. All that chicken and veggies with big, delicious matzo balls in a savory broth soup? What could be better? If it’s a fall or winter day, the answer is nothing! I’ve been making this matzo ball soup for years, and it’s been a favorite of my family since the first time I made it. I love this soup when the leaves are falling or a snowstorm is wailing outside the window. There’s just nothing more satisfyingly cozy! 

Bowlful of matzo ball soup

Easy Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

This delicious matzo ball soup starts with sauteed carrots, celery, onions, and garlic for a flavorful base. Then, I boil chicken cutlets in broth along with the vegetables until the chicken is nicely done. After that, I make the matzo balls and cook them in the broth, as well. IT’s all done in just about 45 minutes, and it creates one of the best soups you’ll ever make! 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a few simple ingredients that you can find at any grocery store. 
  • The broth, chicken, vegetables, and matzo balls make a delicious combination that warms you up on a cold day. 
  • It’s a healthy, kid-friendly dish that everyone in the family will love. 


bowls of chicken, carrots, celery, onions, matzo flour, egg, and seasonings.

It only takes a few ingredients to make this easy matzo ball soup recipe. You probably have most of them in your kitchen right now, and whatever you don’t have is readily available at your local grocery store. 

For the Chicken Soup

For the Matzo Balls

  • 1 cup matzo meal, you can find this in most grocery stores year round at a lower price
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 tsp baking powder

egg being added to matzo flour in a glass bowl.



carrots, onion, and celery being sauteed in a large pot.


raw matzo balls on a plate.


matzo balls being added to the soup in a pot.

How to Make This Easy Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

This is such an easy recipe to make. You only have to do a little sauteing, and of course, making the matzo balls. It’s all very straightforward, and the entire recipe only takes about 45 minutes from start to finish. 

  1. Sautee the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in olive oil. Turn the heat to low and stir. 
  2. Add the cutlets to the vegetables and pour in the broth. Boil for 20 minutes. Turn over the cutlet once.

Making the Matzo Balls

  1. Add matzo meal to a bowl and form a well. Then, add the egg, olive oil, salt, pepper, and baking powder. Knead until it forms a dough. 
  2. When the chicken is cooked, shred it with two forks, then add it back to the pan. 
  3. Form the dough into 1 to 1 1/2-inch balls and place them in the hot broth. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes. When the matzo balls have increased a bit in size, you’re ready to serve! You also have the option to cook the matzo balls in a separate pan of boiling water or chicken stock, or a mixture of the two. Then, add to bowl and pour over the broth.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Add red pepper flakes for a spicy version of this soup. 
  • You can use jarred minced garlic if you don’t have fresh garlic. 
  • Vegetable broth will work if you don’t have chicken broth. 

matzo ball held in the air on a spoon.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Large saucepan, loving these new nonstick, heavy saucepans
  • Two forks
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


Refrigerator: Store for up to 3 days in an air-tight container. 

Freezer: Store for up to 2 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container. 

Reheat: Place the soup in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until hot. 

What to Serve with Matzo Ball Soup

This easy matzo ball soup recipe is perfect with a variety of dishes. Serve it with: 

  • Challah bread
  • Bagel chips
  • Potato kugel
  • Gefilte fish
  • Roasted root vegetables

bowl of matzo ball soup on a table.


  • If your broth doesn’t cover the cutlets completely, add more water until the breasts are covered. 
  • Mixing by hand is the easiest way to make the matzo ball dough. It also makes for a tender matzo ball.
  • If you prefer a transparent broth, cook the matzo balls in a separate saucepan with chicken broth, then add them to bowls of soup when serving them. 

More Soup Recipes

If you love delicious soups like this one, then check out these delicious soup recipes. 


What is matzo ball soup?

Matzo ball soup is a classic Jewish chicken soup filled with dumplings made from matzo meal. 

Is matzo ball soup healthy? 

This easy matzo ball soup recipe is very healthy. It’s full of vegetables and lean chicken breast, and the matzo balls themselves are a great source of carbs for energy. 

How do you keep matzo balls from falling apart? 

When you cook your matzo balls, be sure the liquid is simmering and not boiling. A vigorous boil can cause the matzo balls to disintegrate.

bowl of matzo ball soup.


Print recipe below..

Easy Matzo Ball Soup

This easy matzo ball soup recipe is loaded with tender chicken, carrots, onions, celery, and of course, classic matzo balls! It's a great comfort food meal.

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken soup, Matzo Ball Soup, soup
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 5 Servings


  • 2 raw chicken breast cutlets (boneless)
  • 2 - 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Optional: For a more robust flavor, chicken bouillon cube or Better Than Bullion, I love this and comes in many flavors. Found at some grocery stores and even Target and possibly Walmart.

For matzo balls

  • 1 cup matzo meal
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black or white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, make sure the baking powder is fresh


  1. Sauté chopped onions, carrots, celery and garlic in olive oil. Turn on low heat and stir.

  2. After 5 minutes, put in the two raw chicken cutlets. Pour in the broth. If the broth does not cover the chicken, add more broth or water. Boil for 20 minutes. Turn over once.

  3. Making Matzo Balls

  4. Pour the matzo meal into a bowl, make a well in the center and add the egg.

  5. Now add the olive oil, salt, pepper and baking powder. Knead to make a medium dough. If the egg is small, you can add a little water or chicken stock.

  6. When the chicken is cooked, take it out of the broth and tear it with two forks. To almost shred the chicken. Put the chicken ack into the broth.

  7. With wet hands, form dough into balls 1-1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  8. Put the matzo balls into the broth and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
  9. After 5-7 minutes, the matzo balls will increase slightly in size. Soup can be served. To make the broth more transparent, you can cook the balls in a separate saucepan with boiling water or chicken broth. Or a combination of the two. Then, add them to the bowl and pour the soup over when serving. Enjoy!

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