Matzo Ball Soup with Root Vegetables

 

This matzo ball soup is made with light and tender dumplings and pumped up with lots of flavorful vegetables that would make any grandmother proud.

What you will need

1 cup matzo meal

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 Tbs. rendered duck or chicken fat

3 oz. club soda

2 tsp. Kosher salt, plus more for seasoning

A few cranks black pepper, plus more for seasoning

1/8 tsp. caraway seeds, toasted and ground

2 Tbs. vegetable oil

6 pearl onions, halved lengthwise

1 rib celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

3 baby or Thumbelina carrots, quartered lengthwise

2 Tokyo turnips, halved lengthwise (optional or other turnips, cut into 1/2-inch pieces)

3 cups chicken stock

2 roasted baby beets, halved lengthwise (optional)

1 Tbs. minced fresh Italian parsley

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