Sephardic-Style Vegan Matzo Ball Soup

Sephardic-Style Matzo Ball Soup (vegan)

Matzo balls aren’t always a part of the Sephardic tradition, but a Turkish friend remembers them from his childhood Seders. No matter where you’re from, the Passover Seder doesn’t seem complete without matzo ball soup. Here’s a Sephardic-inspired matzo ball soup that’s completely vegan. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Serves: 8 to 10

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 large or 3 medium leeks, white and palest green parts only,
    halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 medium stalks celery, diced
  • 8 ounces white or brown mushrooms, cleaned, stemmed, and sliced
  • 8 cups vegetable stock or water, or a combination (see note)
  • 2 medium white turnips, peeled and diced
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups diced ripe tomatoes (about 2 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Vegan Matzo Balls

Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add the onion and leeks; sauté over medium-low heat until the leeks are limp, about 8 minutes.

Add the potatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, stock, paprika, and cumin; mix well. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer gently, cover, until vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes.

Add the turnips and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, and simmer 10 minutes longer.

Sephardic-Style Matzo Ball Soup (vegan recipe)

Let stand off the heat for several hours or overnight in refrigerator to develop flavor. Reheat before serving. Serve with matzo balls.

Note: You can use 8 cups homemade vegetable broth, two 32-ounce containers low-sodium vegetable broth, or one 32-ounce container low-sodium vegetable broth plus 4 cups water plus 1 or 2 vegetable bouillon cubes.

Sephardic-Style Matzo Ball Soup - vegan

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