Vegan Matzo Ball Soup With Spring Vegetables

This vegan matzo ball soup recipe is chock-full of vegetables, and the perfect prelude to the Passover Seder dinner. But more importantly, it is a vehicle for vegan matzo balls.


  • 2 cups cauliflower, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 medium carrots, finely diced
  • 2 medium celery stalks, finely diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 (32 ounce) carton vegetable broth, low-sodium
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons minced fresh dill, or to taste
  • Handful of celery leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Vegan Matzo Balls
  • PREP TIME 10
  • COOK TIME 120
  • Serves 8


  1. Sauté onion over medium heat until golden.
  2. Add the potato, carrots, celery, and celery leaves, optional cauliflower, vegetable broth, and 2 cups water. Bring to a slow boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently, covered, for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables tender but not overcooked.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat. Allow the soup to stand off the heat for two hours or longer to develop flavor.
  4. Just before serving, add the dill and heat the soup through. Add more water if the vegetables seem crowded, then adjust the seasonings. Serve with vegan matzo balls.

Reprinted with permission, © 2011 by Nava Atlas, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photo by Susan Voisin.