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How to Make Chicken Gnocchi Soup

How to Make Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Last Updated on 8th February 2022 by Pauline

What is chicken and gnocchi soup? This soup is the perfect meal for warming up your family on a cold winter’s day. It has hearty ingredients that make it filling, and the creamy goodness is so comforting that you may want to make this dish up as a way to cheer yourself up (or someone else) during low times.

It’s the kind of comfort food you can feel good about serving to yourself or others, because of the nutritious, plentiful vegetables. It’s also got all the requirements for a full meal, so you don’t have to feel compelled to make up additional food to go with it, if you don’t want to.

What Is Gnocchi Soup?

Gnocchi soup is made with a few key ingredients, particularly little gnocchi dumplings, which are an Italian dumpling. These are usually bite size dumplings made with flour, potato, or other starchy ingredients. The soup is often filled out with chicken, a creamy sauce, plenty of vegetables, lots of seasoning to make it flavorful, and sometimes some rice. So, there can be variations of gnocchi soup that are similar to wild rice and chicken soup.

How to Make Gnocchi Soup

You can make this soup from scratch, making the dumplings yourself, or you can buy them already pre-made and save a lot of time. I definitely recommend making the soup in the crockpot, and then buying the dumplings premade, if you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe. This cuts down considerably on the work you’ll have to do, giving you a dish you can put together in just a few minutes, though it will take a while to cook.

What is in chicken and gnocchi soup? I’ll share with you a list of ingredients and then show you how to make it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of chicken breast, boneless and skinless
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of chopped onions
  • ½ cup of chopped carrots
  • ½ cup of chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon of poultry seasoning
  • 4 cups of gnocchi (about 2 1-pound packages)
  • 24 ounces of evaporated milk (2 12-ounce cans)
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch (fully dissolved into two tablespoons of water)
  • 5 ounces of fresh baby spinach
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic

Directions:

  1. Using a crockpot or a slow cooker, add in the chicken, Italian seasoning, poultry seasoning, basil, salt, broth, and all of your veggies. Chicken should be shredded when added into the crockpot.
  2. Cover the crockpot and cook on the high setting for about four to five hours. If you want to use the low setting, you can set it for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Add in your dissolved cornstarch, gnocchi, and evaporated milk. Stir everything together and cover the crockpot back.
  4. Cook everything for another 45 minutes or so, until the dumplings soften and the soup thickens to the desired consistency.
  5. Sauté garlic for about a minute in butter, using a frying pan on the stove. Add your spinach and stir these together until the spinach starts to wilt. Then, remove them from the stove top and combine into your soup.

After you’ve made the soup, you can add salt and pepper as you need, and then additional water as necessary. When I make this soup, I find that I usually need to add about a cup of water as the soup starts to thicken. It can continue to heat and thicken a little longer, as the extra water will help you get more servings from your soup.

How to Make Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

The recipe I’ve given you will make a very close approximation of the wonderful chicken gnocchi soup they serve at Olive Garden. It’s a popular dish there and one that people have been trying to copycat for a while. You can find those copycat recipes on the Internet, and I think you’ll discover that what I’ve given you is very close to the real deal.

If you’re looking for a way to make this a little healthier, though, you can switch out some or all of the milk for water. The milk helps make a creamier, richer and smoother soup, but it’s pretty fattening as well.

How Long Is Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Good For?

This soup stores fairly well in the refrigerator. If you store it in an airtight container, the gnocchi soup will still be good to eat three to four days after you put it in there. You should only warm up what you’re going to use at the moment.

The gnocchi tends to get soft when it’s stored in the fridge for a little while, though. You may want to add it separately to the soup if you’re not going to use all the soup at once. You can simply warm up the gnocchi and soup together when it’s time to eat it, but you should store them separately until then.

When reheating the soup, you can place it into a microwave safe bowl and cover it with plastic wrap, warming it for about 2 minutes then stirring, and adding 30-second increments until it’s warm. You could also warm it in the oven, preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, placing the soup into an oven safe bowl, and then warming for five to 10 minutes. Make sure you stir the soup when it comes out of the oven so the heat spreads evenly.

What to Serve with Chicken Gnocchi Soup?

Chicken gnocchi soup is a meal on its own, but you may still feel like adding something else to go with it. One of the most popular additions to the soup when expanding it into a meal is Italian bread. Garlic bread, toast, and similar bread dishes work very well too.

You may want to serve some crackers for dipping or serve the soup with some cheese sticks, a salad, and a light dessert. That will make for a very robust, varied meal.

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