Chasen Beef Belmon8t Matzo Balls Soup

Prep Time
Cook Time
1d 4h
Ready In

"“Ronald and Nancy Reagan were regulars at Chasens. It was there that they decided to marry in 1952; and they continued to come in for the Tuesday night special for decades later, even when they lived in the White House. Their favorite dish was the Beef Belmont, a Jewish dish with origins in Eastern Europe. The recipe yields a soup plus a platter of sliced beef. One can add their own accompanyments to the beef platter. They added to matzo balls. 1 tablespoon salt, if desired (optional) the cut of beef used is technically "Flanken"-which is the end portion of the ribs-"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (607.2 g)
  • Calories 1050.7
  • Total Fat - 67.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 23.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 763.8 mg
  • Sodium - 1375.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 37.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.2 g
  • Sugars - 3.8 g
  • Protein - 68.7 g
  • Calcium - 159.1 mg
  • Iron - 10.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 14 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.7 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1


Step 2

Place short ribs and broth in a large dutch oven.

Step 3

Add water to cover ribs, and bring to a boil.

Step 4

Reduce heat and simmer, skim foam from the broth.

Step 5

Make a bouquet garni by tying bay leaves, parsley sprigs and thyme into a cheesecloth bundle with kitchen string.

Step 6

Place the bundle in the broth with salt and pepper.

Step 7


Step 8

Covered, for about 1 1/2 hours or until meat is very tender and falls off the bone.

Step 9

Remove the bouquet garni and strain the broth.

Step 10

Return the broth and meat to the pan.

Step 11

Stir in the carrots, leeks and celery.

Step 12

Bring mixture to a boil.

Step 13

Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Step 14

Return mixture to the boil add lima beans and egg noodles, cooking just until noodles are nearly tender (al dente).

Step 15

Remove meat

Step 16

And separate meat from bones.

Step 17

Have soup at room temperature or warmer and add matzo balls

Step 18

Simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 19

Serve soup first with 2 or 3 matzo balls per bowl.

Step 20

Slice meat and garnish plate.

Step 21


Step 22

Blend oil with eggs.

Step 23

Mix matso meal with salt, and combine these 2 mixtures and blend well.

Step 24

Add water and mix until uniform.

Step 25

Cover mixture and refrigerate for one hour.

Step 26

In a 3-quart pot

Step 27

Bring 2 quarts of water to a full boil, adding salt if desired.

Step 28

From the refrigerated mix

Step 29

Form about 16 matzo balls, each 1 inch in diameter.

Step 30

Reduce flame and drop matzo balls into the gently boiling water.

Step 31

Cover pot and cook 30 minutes.

Step 32

Remove matzo balls from water

Step 33

Add to the Boiled Beef Belmont soup.

Step 34

The soup is seved separately from the platter of boiled beef.


No special items needed.

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