Chicken soup is super easy! I like to roast my own chicken and make a stock from that, but that is admittedly very time consuming. You can also boil bone-in chicken thighs, use meat that's already cooked along with pre-made broth or bouillon, or even use leftover rotisserie chicken from the store. For a basic chicken soup I sauté the onion and garlic in a Tbsp of oil and a splash of seasoned vinegar (notice a theme? ), then add chopped carrots, celery, zucchini, crookneck, green beans, parsnip, and sometimes green peas, daikon, and/or turnip, stirring every time I add a veggie to get them all coated in oil and cooking. Add salt and pepper to taste, and parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (there's a reason it's a song, the spices go excellent together and are perfect with poultry). Last I add the stock (or bouillon and water or broth), and the meat. Let cook for 20 minutes or so and you're set. And for the matzo I honestly just use Manischewiz matzo and follow the instructions on the back: you basically beat an egg and some broth into the matzo mix, chill for 10 minutes, form into balls, and plop them into the soup to cook.