*Celery can be used in addition to carrots – half carrots half celery – or instead of. Both makes a pretty color and an interesting depth to flavor
**You could also add cooked rice, extra dill, or anything else you like in for a great chicken soup!
A Note on Timing
The matzo balls can be made while the soup cooks, so this does not add any extra cook time. However, if just making the matzo balls, this will be about 45 minutes of active cooking time + 1 hour of chilling.
A Note on Gluten
For those who need it, gluten-free matzo meal is available, and works as a 1:1 replacement for standard matzo meal.
A Note on Dill…
Ann and I both love dill and think it gives this broth a very special depth of flavor. It also enhances the matzo balls, which are mild-tasting by nature (hence why people are drawn to it as a “sick day” food). That said, not everyone is a fan of dill and it may absolutely be left out.