Possibly the easiest soup ever...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 2 comments
My new favorite at Olive Garden? Chicken & Gnocchi Soup. I love it! And, I just had to make it for myself. So, I took a leap (pretty big for me) and created my own recipe. I'm not gonna lie - I'm kinda proud of myself. It makes me feel like I really can cook. It's gooooooood.... and super quick and easy (don't let the list of ingredients throw you off).

Chicken & Gnocchi Soup (Serves 4)

4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) butter
1 1/2 tbsp. flour
2 chicken bouillon cubes, dissolved in 2 c. boiling water (or 2 c. chicken broth)
1 c. water
8 oz. gnocchi (mine was the Archer Farms brand from Target - found in the pasta aisle)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 c. light cream
1 c. milk
Align Center2 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (I seasoned mine with a little bit of poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper before cooking)
1 carrot, shredded
8 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh basil (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. each nutmeg, pepper, and salt

* In a large pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add flour and make a "paste". Add chicken broth and an additional 1 cup of water. Cook and stir until thickened and boiling, about 2-3 minutes.

* Dump gnocchi into pot; add garlic, and allow to cook for 2 minutes (or, according to cooking time on package). Stir occasionally.

* Reduce heat to medium and stir in light cream and milk. Stir in cooked chicken, carrots, spinach, parsley, basil, parmesan cheese, nutmeg, pepper, and salt. Cook 10 more minutes, or until heated through.

I know, the picture isn't very good - but I'm not very good at taking pictures of food.

This is definitely going to be made a lot next year when the weather is cold. I think the taste is really close to that of Olive Garden's. We love it!


  • Davesgirl said...

    I need this soup!!! It looks so good, but when I read that many ingredients in a recipe my eyes start to glaze over- lol!! Wish I was a cook... but actually the ingredients are mainly small type things- I can do it :)

    Mmmmm, now I'm hungry!

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