How you doin’? Some say that chicken soup is the Jewish penicillin. Maybe that’s the perfect cure for Covid-19. What do you think? Probably not, or the good doctors at the CDC or WHO would have come up with that solution.
It was once thought that the longer you simmered the soup, the more flavorful the result. Fortunately technology has enabled us to achieve that slow-cooked flavor in a shorter amount of time. With the Instant Pot, we’re able to cut down the cook time without sacrificing any of the flavor.
The Instant Pot concentrates the chicken with flavor, while tenderizing the meat at the same time, resulting in a deeply flavorful soup in a fraction of the time. If you’re all about that slow-cooked flavor, but don’t have the time or patience, you’ll want to try this Instant Pot recipe. This homemade chicken soup recipe, with Matzo Balls and Egg Noodles, is easy enough for even the most challenged cook.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Instant Pot Cook time: 20 minutes (plus 20 to build pressure and 15 minutes for the release)
Sauté & Noodle cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 10 to 12 cups
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon paprika
1 4 to 5-pound whole chicken, giblets removed
1 small onion, sliced
2 stalks of celery, sliced
2 large carrot sticks, sliced
1 parsnip, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, whole, crushed
6 cups cold water
4-dried bay leaves
10-large allspice berries (optional)
Matzo Balls (optional)
Italian parsley, chopped for garnish
ChefSecret: Now let’s talk matzo balls… the secret to perfect matzo balls may be to use the packaged stuff--Manischewitz Matzo Ball Mix. I have had many homemade matzo balls, but the best ones come straight from the box. Just follow the directions on the box and make the perfect balls!
Okay, you say you’re a scratch cook and want to make them the old-fashioned way—well knock yourself out!
Almost, But Not Quite Perfect Matzo Balls
4 eggs, lightly beaten
4 tablespoons chicken fat (from the above soup) or vegetable oil
1 cup matzo meal
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup hot water
12 cups salted water for boiling
Covid-19 Quip of the Day: “My husband purchased a world map and then gave me a dart and said, “Throw this and wherever it lands—that’s where I’m taking you when this pandemic ends.” Turns out, we’re spending two weeks behind the fridge. I’ve got to learn to get better at darts!”
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