Savory Simmered Matzo Farfel Recipe for Passover

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
318 Calories
14g Fat
39g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 318
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 497mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 109mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Looking for a simple, kid-friendly side dish for weekday Passover meals? This Savory Matzo Farfel couldn't be easier to prepare, and it makes a nice change from plain, unadorned matzo. Serve it alongside a saucy dish like this Chicken with Prunes Tsimmes, so you can use the farfel to sop up the sauce. Add some Ginger Roasted Broccoli, and you've got a simple, satisfying family meal.  

Farfel is an Ashkenazi Jewish egg pasta similar to spaetzle or nokedli, and sometimes referred to as "egg barley." The pasta isn't kosher for Passover, so matzo farfel, which is simply crushed up matzo-farfel, takes its place. You can buy commercially prepared matzo farfel, but it's just as simple to break up sheets of matzo on your own, as in this recipe. 


  • 5 matzo sheets

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1/2 cup matzo meal

  • 3 tablespoons oil

  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups chicken broth

Steps to Make It

  1.  Break the matzo sheets into medium pieces in a bowl.

  2. Pour just enough warm water over the matzo to dampen it, and then drain after a minute or two.

  3. Add the beaten eggs and matzo meal. Mix well, breaking matzo into even smaller pieces.

  4. Heat oil in a large, deep chef's pan or skillet. Saute the matzo until the egg is set and the matzo begins to brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. 

  5. Add the broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until most of the broth has been absorbed.

  6. Transfer to a serving dish or platter, and serve immediately.