Matzo Ball Soup Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

Matzo Ball Soup for Cancer and Chemotherapy

Recipe Description
A Jewish Classic! Matzo Ball Soup is the Jewish equivalent of Chicken Noodle Soup, with the biggest variation being dumplings made from matzo meal instead of pasta. This is a very filling and delicious soup full of warm flavors that will make you feel loved.

Tasting Guidelines
Taste is salty and savory.
Weight is light.
Texture is soft.
Good for low to severe side effects.
Best categorized as Jewish comfort food.

1 c. Matzo meal
2 eggs, uncooked and scrambled
½ c. water
1 chicken breast, roughly chopped
3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
3 carrots thinly, sliced
3 qt. chicken broth
2 tbsp. olive oil

Flavor Balancers
Kosher salt to taste
black pepper to taste
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. sugar

2 tsp. rubbed sage
2 tsp. old bay seasoning
2 bay leaves

Recipe Directions
Matzo Balls
In a medium mixing bowl, add matzo, eggs, water, and 1 tsp. salt. Mix together until all water is absorbed and matzo forms a firm paste. Allow mixture to rest approximately 20 minutes.

Heat a large spaghetti pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, celery, onion, chicken, and carrots. Stir fry until onions are translucent and chicken is thoroughly cooked. Add red wine vinegar to deglaze pan. Add aromatics, seasonings, and chicken broth. Bring soup to a boil.

After soup boils for 10 minutes, remove matzo paste from refrigerator. Grab a small glass and fill with water. Wet your fingers with water and use a small teaspoon to form 1” or smaller balls out of the matzo mix. After forming the balls drop them into the boiling soup. When all balls have been made, cover the pot, and reduce to a medium simmer. Allow matzo balls to simmer at least 40 minutes. After matzo balls are fully cooked serve.

Chef Tips
The longer the soup simmers with the matzo balls, the better the matzo balls will taste, as they absorb the soup broth.

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About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a classically trained chef with fifteen years of culinary experience. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments.