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Are you looking for a hearty soup recipe that the whole family will love? Look no further than this delicious Chicken Gnocchi Soup! This comforting soup is perfect for busy families and is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults alike.
Thick and wholesome this creamy chicken gnocchi soup feels like something you get in from a restaurant but surprise you can make it at home in just about 40 minutes.
Featuring easy-to-use store-bought gnocchi (no need to make homemade gnocchi!), tender chicken, and a savory creamy broth this gnocchi soup has it all! It’s practically the perfect easy weeknight dinner and will quickly become a family favorite. I hope you like it as much as we do!
One of the best things about this recipe is how easy it is to make. It only takes a few simple ingredients and minimal prep work, and you can have dinner on the table in no time.
Starting with already-cooked chicken like leftover roasted chicken means you don’t have to wait for it to cook. For a twist try using smoked chicken like this Smoked Spatchcocked Chicken in the soup for some real flavor!
Plus, the gnocchi is right on the shelf with other dry pasta, and you can store them right in your pantry with other dry goods.
What to serve with this creamy soup
Serve with a loaf of crusty bread and a quick salad and dinner is done! Or make some sandwiches, or open-face cheese toast and serve soup and sandwiches.
You can also serve this with a wedge of parmesan cheese and a grater on the table so everyone can add more cheese as desired. And listen if you only have the pre-grated parmesan in the green can it works just fine.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- cooked chicken breast (see below for notes on chicken to use)
- olive oil
- garlic cloves
- chicken broth or chicken stock or even chicken bullion cubes
- half and half (can sub in whole milk and a little heavy cream)
- fresh spinach
- ready to use gnocchi
- Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- wooden spoon
- cutting board
- large dutch oven or large pot
What kind of chicken should I use?
This recipe calls for cooked chicken, chopped or shredded. You can cook skinless chicken breasts and use that, however, I like to use leftover chicken for recipes like this. Use any chicken you have on hand. Or use leftover rotisserie chicken. Even leftover turkey would work in this recipe!
Can I add vegetables??
Absolutely!! Add peas or carrots, or even chopped broccoli work really well in this recipe! Or add more spinach than what is called for, this soup can handle it. if you have any leftover cooked vegetables they can be added to the soup as well.
If you’re using frozen or fresh veggies that need a little cook time beyond the cook time of the soup you can cook them or microwave them before adding them to the soup.
Where to buy Potato Gnocchi?
Gnocchi is little potato dumplings/pasta balls, and they’re totally delish, fresh homemade, or ready to eat. You don’t need to make fresh gnocchi for this chicken soup recipe. OR for this Tomato Gnocchi Soup recipe either!
Using ready to cook OR frozen gnocchi makes this soup so easy! In fact, ANY soup could probably benefit from gnocchi! AMIRIGHT?
Packages of ready-to-use gnocchi can be found right in the pasta aisle of the grocery store. They’re not dried they’re much like the fresh pasta you see in the refrigerator aisle. But again they’re often found in the dry pasta aisle, not the refrigerators, but check both just in case.
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You can store leftovers in an airtight container. Reheat any leftovers in the microwave or in a saucepan. This would also be perfect warmed-up and sent in a thermos for a school lunchbox or even an office lunchbox.
Gnocchi Chicken Soup Recipe
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 yellow onion diced
- ⅔ cup celery diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon parsley
- ½ cup flour
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup spinach chopped
- 1 cup chicken cooked and cubed or shredded
- 1 lb gnocchi
- 4 cups half and half
- Salt and pepper
- fresh herbs of thyme OPTIONAL for garnish
- Heat oil ad butter together in a large dutch oven over medium heat
- Saute onion and celery until translucent
- Add garlic and saute another minute
- Stir in flour, thyme, and parsley
- Add chicken broth, and stir to dissolve flour
- Add spinach, chicken, and gnocchi, and simmer until the soup has thickened
- Stir in half and half, season with salt and pepper to taste, and heat through
- Serve hot with bread and salad