This super flavorful and comforting Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup is just what you need to fight the winter blues. Made from scratch, no chicken, no boxed broth, no bouillon cubes needed!
The Best Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup
A Healthy Twist on America’s Favorite Soup
Let’s face it, there’s just something wonderfully soothing about seeing a steaming bowl of Matzo Ball Soup with its pillowy-plump dumplings swimming in a bath of golden broth.
Our healing Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup delivers all the “ah” of its traditional cousin with precisely the right amount of goodness (and good-for-you-ness) thanks to a clever use of shiitake mushrooms, tomato paste, and a pot full of seasonal vegetables. Whether you add our healthy Matzo Ball Soup to your Friday night dinner routine or prepare a large pot for lazy Sunday afternoons for the family, our Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup is certain to satisfy the stomach and soul.
Deep, Rich Taste and Vegetarian
When we first considered recreating Matzo Ball Soup, we knew that we didn’t want to use bouillon cubes, powders or vegetable broth. The question was, how could we create a deep, rich taste that would satisfy our family? The first thing we did is caramelize some tomato paste with olive oil in order to enhance the flavors of the tomatoes and oil; then added fresh shiitake mushrooms tops for their chicken-like texture and rich almost-smoky flavor.
Additional depth came from a cheese-cloth bag that cooked with the soup and filled with delicious ingredients — red and yellow onions (skins still on to create a rich-colored broth), carrot, parsnip and celery, dill, parsley and a whole head of garlic. We also cooked the matzah balls into the vegetable broth instead of cooking them separately, so they could absorb the flavor of the broth. The result was a rich, deep flavored broth where the chicken was not missed!
Place the shiitake stems, carrots, parsnip, onions, celery, garlic, dill, and parsley in a cheese cloth. Tie it well with kitchen twine.
Place cheesecloth bag filled with vegetables it in the soup pot.
This soup is easy to make and can be dressed up or down. Try serving it in an elegant china bowl with a steamed bundle of julienned carrots, zucchini, and yellow squash for a sophisticated first course to a formal dinner. You can also cut plenty of root vegetables (sweet potato, turnips, butternut squash) into a large dice and cook together in the soup for a delicious more rustic soup.
Whether you prepare our Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup as an elegant first course, as a rustic family-friendly soup, you’ll enjoy a satisfying soup that delivers a rich and mood-boosting salve for the body and soul.
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This super flavorful and comforting Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup is just what you need to fight the winter blues. Made from scratch, no chicken, no boxed broth, no bouillon cubes needed! FIND THE RECIPE FOR THE BEST VEGETARIAN MATZO BALL SOUP HERE AT THE NOSHER