Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup

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Matzo ball soup is delicious, but shmaltz is pretty gross. This can be made vegan by substituting tofu for the eggs.
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Step 1: You'll need. . .

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- large stock pot
- medium/large pot with lid
- medium pan
- large plastic bag and a rolling pin (a blender or food processor can also be used)
- medium mixing bowl
- cutting board
- large chefs knife
- wooden spoon
- half cookie sheet
- plastic wrap
- small ice cream scoop
- fine sieve or cheese cloth

- 1 box matzo crackers (or 1.5 cups matzo meal)
- 2 large eggs (substitute 12 oz of firm silken tofu to make Vegan Matzo Balls)
- .5 cup vegetable olive oil
- .5 teaspoon each salt and pepper
- 1 cup each chopped carrot, celery, and onion
- 2 tablespoons each chopped fresh dill and parsley - note: if you grow your own herbs, or have left over when buying them, they can be chopped, mixed with water and put in ice cube trays. The resulting cubes can be added to dishes like this soup
- 8.5 cups vegetable stock (recipe below) - note: .5 cup of store bought soup can be substituted in the matzo balls in order to cut down preparation time

Step 2: Vegetable Stock

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Vegetable Stock:
o 2 large carrots, chopped
o 1 parsnip, peeled and chopped
o 1 large onion, chopped
o 4 ribs of celery, chopped
o 3 cloves garlic, crushed
o 1 cup each fresh dill and parsley
o 1 tablespoon olive oil
o 1 teaspoon salt
o 9 cups water

Step 3: Making Vegetable Stock

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1. Roughly chop carrots, parsnip, celery, and onion. Place stock pot over medium heat and add olive oil and chopped vegetables. Cook until softened (about 10 minutes).
2. Add crushed garlic, and cook an additional minute.
3. Add water, salt, and herbs. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and allow to simmer uncovered for 1.5 hours.
4. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
5. Pass through a sieve or cheese cloth to remove cooked vegetables.
wakojako4 years ago
Wow the photographs in this 'ible are great! what photography setup are you using
Nynaeve4 years ago
 Thanks for this, it looks really good, and it's really hard to find good vegetarian recipes for most types of traditional foods (not counting yummy Indian here) and yes,  shmaltz IS pretty gross.  
basjan5 years ago
Thanks it is worth it.
Looks good! I'm an omnivore myself, but I'm in favor of matzo ball soup in any form.
firehazrd6 years ago
shesparticular (author)  firehazrd6 years ago
It is pretty darn tasty! Takes a little time to make the stock and all, but it's worth it.