It's Passover! Are you celebrating? I must admit I'm not giving up bread. Or pasta. Or rice. Nothing really. Still, I thought I should do something Passover'ish...and so I bought a boxed mix of matzo balls at my store.
No shame in starting with a boxed mix!
As always, I added a few extra ingredients to the matzo balls themselves and to the broth.
Not Your Bubbe's Matzo Ball Soup: Boxed Matzo Ball Soup With Broccoli, Fennel & Peas
1) When making matzo balls, I added chopped fresh dill and freshly ground black pepper. I did not have any vegetable oil and used sunflower oil instead.
2) To the chicken broth (store-bought), I added a few outside layers of fennel as it simmered.
3) Once the matzo balls simmered for 15 out of 20 required minutes, I added sliced fennel, broccoli florets, and defrosted peas and simmered everything for 5 more minutes.
I'm having a bowl of this soup for lunch!
If you want to make this into a Meatless Monday meal, clearly use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Thanks Dana for catching this!!