Chicken Soup with Asparagus and Shiitakes, Served with Roasted Fennel Matzo Balls
Chicken Soup with Asparagus and Shiitakes, Served with Roasted Fennel Matzo Balls
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    Set in spring, when the earth is renewing and reassembling herself, Passover is celebrated as a sort of second New Year, reflecting the rebirth of the Jews as a free people after the Exodus from Egypt. Children start the season with new clothes, and houses are thoroughly cleaned and freshened up to make way for the new foods and special sets of dishes reserved just for Passover use. And just as they delay until Rosh Hashanah their first tastes of the sweet new autumn fruits, so many Jews wait until Passover to savor the tender new vegetables of spring. In this delicious soup, woodsy shiitake mushrooms and early asparagus combine with delicate roasted fennel-flavored matzo balls in a free-wheeling ode to spring.

    Ingredients

    • 2 small-medium fennel bulbs (about 1 pound, weighed with 2 inches of top stalks)
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth, preferably homemade or good-quality, low-sodium purchased
    • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped garlic
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
    • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle (optional)
    • 2 large eggs
    • About 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons matzo meal
    • 7 cups homemade chicken broth
    • 1/4 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and reserved for another use or discarded, caps wiped clean with a damp paper towel and thinly sliced
    • 12 to 15 thin asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

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    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 8
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 145 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 5 g 7.4%
    • Saturated Fat: 1 g 3.77%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 23 mg 7.79%
    • Sodium: 916 mg 38.17%
    • Calcium: 86 mg 8.58%
    • Potassium: 405 mg 11.58%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 2 mg 10.85%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 23 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 6 g 24.94%
    • Sugar: 1 g
    • Protein: 5 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 6.98%
    • Vitamin C 4.13%
    • Vitamin D 5.77%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat1
    • Exchange - Fruit1
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch0
    • Exchange - Vegetables2
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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