Saturday, July 29, 2017

Chicken Gnocchi Soup - ala Olive Garden

We recently bought some gnocchi at Costco and have been having fun with new recipes. We also have a recipe to make gnocchi, but we haven't quite gotten there yet.

This was a really great soup. It wasn't quite like Olive Garden's, but it may have been even better in some regards. We also didn't like the soup as much as a cream sauce with spinach and pine nut gnocchi recipe, but it was fun to try something different. We can definitely see this recipe as being great for a colder evening or a nice rainy day.

Here is the original recipe:

Close up



Goodness in a bowl!


3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup onion, diced
½ cup celery diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups half-and-half
1 14 ounce can chicken broth
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup fresh spinach leaves, chopped
1 cup diced cooked chicken breast (I used rotisserie)
1 16 ounce package potato gnocchi
salt and pepper to taste


1. In a large pot add butter and olive oil.
2.Over medium high heat sauté onion, celery and garlic until tender. Add the flour to create a roux and cook for another minute.
3. Slowly add the half and half and chicken broth and stir until it starts to thicken. Add the thyme, carrots, spinach, chicken and gnocchi.
4. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until gnocchi is cooked and soup is thickened.
5. Salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

What we liked:

It was a fun new recipe

What we didn't like:

Nothing, it was good. 

What Kaspian thought about it:

He liked the gnocchi, although he mostly wanted them out of the soup. Astrid loved everything.

Next time:

I am not sure if we will make it again. While it was fun to try, it didn't really seem as memorable to make again 

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