Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Enjoy the creaminess of Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup. A rich and satisfying bowl of comfort for any day. Everyone in my family loves the Chicken Gnocchi Soup at a well-known Italian restaurant, which led me to experiment until I created a reasonable facsimile of their wonderful soup. If you're like us and enjoy that restaurant soup, I think you will like this easy recipe. Using store-bought gnocchi and already cooked roasted chicken significantly reduces kitchen time.

Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup



Cook time: 20 Min  Prep time: 15 Min  Serves: 8
Ingredients
2 c cooked chicken (diced or shredded)
1 lb gnocchi pre-made
4 c chicken stock
4 Tbsp butter (i use unsalted)
1 c sweet onion, chopped
1/2 c celery, diced
1/2 c carrots, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic (adjust to personal taste)
1 tsp italian herb spices (oregano, marjoram, thyme)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c frozen corn (optional)
2 c half and half
1 c fresh baby kale, chopped (can substitute for baby spinach if preferred)
3 Tbsp wondra quick mixing flour or cornstarch
3 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Directions
1. Prepare cooked chicken. I shred mine but you can also dice into chunks. Set aside. NOTE: you can also use roasted chicken from your grocery deli, or pre-cooked chicken already diced in bags in the meat department.
2. Melt butter in a Dutch oven or 6-quart pot. Add prepped onion, celery and carrots and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes until onions are translucent. Add the garlic and spices, including salt and pepper and stir to blend, allowing the garlic to cook into the veggies for about 2 minutes.
3. Add the broth and chicken. Stir and bring to a low boil for a minute. Reduce heat to simmer. Add the gnocchi (and optional corn, if desired) and allow to cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
4. ADD 1-1/2 cups of the half and half to the pot. To the remaining 1/2 cup half and half, add the Wondra or cornstarch and stir until it's a smooth slurry. Add the slurry to the pot. Add the spinach and parmesan cheese. Stir for another 2 or 3 minutes and serve hot.

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