Let’s all just admit that the best part of Passover is Matzo Ball Soup! Now, if you’re like me and you can’t eat eggs, or if you just choose to eat a vegan diet, then you are likely missing this staple for your Passover Seder. Well, I am here to tell you that you don’t have to miss out on the best course of Passover this year because this Vegan Matzo Ball Soup is just waiting to be made!
Give me that Matzo Ball Bliss: Jump to Recipe
*Originally posted March 27,2018 and updated April 17, 2019*
Why Passover is My Favorite Jewish Holiday
Would you believe me if I told you I look forward to Passover every year? Seders can be long, you can’t eat any grain that has been soaked or given the chance to rise, and you know you have seven long days of Matzah ahead. However, from my experience, it’s also a time filled with good food, family, and some truly amazing traditions.
So, why do I love Passover so much? Well, a big part is because I was born into a family of wine-lovers, great cooks, and loud singers. However, it’s also because of one very specific food. Can you guess what food that may be? Ding Ding! It’s Matzo Ball Soup! So, I did what any matzo-ball loving Jewish gal with an egg intolerance would do. I made an amazing homemade recipe for the BEST Vegan Matzo Ball Soup you have ever had.
Traditional Jewish Food Isn’t Exactly Vegan
It’s pretty remarkable if you take a look at traditional Jewish cuisine and realize almost everything has eggs in it. Especially the best foods like challah (Jewish bread), kugel (made with egg noodles), matzo brei ( egg and matzah scramble- don’t knock it until you’ve tried it), and of course matzo balls. That’s not even counting the meat or fish-filled dishes like brisket or gefilte fish that my family enjoys after our seder! Most of these foods I’m okay living without, but Matzo Ball soup is NOT one of them.
How To Vegan-Ize Your Matzo Ball Soup
Traditionally, Matzo Ball Soup is made in a chicken soup broth. Also, the matzo balls are traditionally made out of matzah, eggs, water, and oil. I’ve been vegetarian for a long while now, so making a matzo ball soup with a vegetable broth base has been the norm the last few years. However, for this recipe, I had to go one step further and get really creative to make fluffy and delicious vegan matzo ball without eggs.
I did a few recipe tests which consisted of a lot of yummy soups with some really broken apart matzo ball bits floating in them. Not exactly bringing back those fond Passover memories! The key to this recipe turned out to be leaving the matzo balls in the fridge overnight. I don’t scientifically know why this made such a huge difference, but if I had to guess, this extra time in the fridge likely allows the flax seeds time to bind all the ingredients together and soak up any liquids. Also, I make my matzo balls extra tasty by adding dried parsley and fresh fill directly into the matzo balls themselves for the best flavor.
After that, all it took was coming up with a delicious savory broth to complete this recipe. While I’ve seen this soup made with carrots and onions many times, I was inspired to try something new and add parsnips to my soup. The combination of parsnips and dill bring out the most comforting flavors in this broth. Seriously, the flavors in this soup truly bring back the best memories of the matzo ball soup I ate growing up. If you are going to try anything new this year, let it be parsnips in your soup!
Cooking Jewish cuisine brings me so much joy and I am so happy I still get to eat my favorite soup at every Seder to come. Please note, if you do not eat Kitniyot over Passover, this recipe would not be Kosher for Passover as it contains tofu/soybeans and flaxseed. My family personally still eats Kitniyot so this recipe works really well for us. Even if you aren’t vegan or Jewish, I highly recommend this soup as the ultimate comfort food throughout the whole year. Happy Pesach to all who celebrate and hope you enjoy this Vegan Matzo Ball Soup!
If you are looking for some of the tools & ingredients used in this recipe, I’ve put a few of my favorites for you here:
- If you’ve never tried matzo ball soup before, my go-to matzo meal is always Manischewitz brand! I actually have an easier time finding this online than in many stores.
- Spectrum Organics Ground Flaxseed is one of my favorites and is perfect to make the flax eggs that hold the matzo balls together!
Just in Case You are Looking for More Vegan-Friendly Passover Recipes, check out these Ideas Below:
(for a creative matzah topping!)16