Yeah, it’s like 95 degrees outside and I’m making chicken gnocchi soup. And I want to share my recipe with you!
Hey. Sometimes you just need a little comfort. My tummy has been hurting me, so I wanted soup.
My girl friends and I always go out to Olive Garden for part of our girl’s nights. Their salad is to die for….mmmm, red onions…and that dressing.
Oh my word.
They use cream in their soup, but seeing how I’m already lactose intolerant…I make a few substitutions. It still tastes better than Olive Garden’s because of the way the other ingredients are prepared. You’re welcome. 😉
It makes a lot.
You can save the leftovers and just reheat it the next day, thinned with a little milk. I think it even tastes better the next day.
Serve with salad and breadsticks and dinner is ready!
- 4 TBS butter or margarine
- 1/2 sweet onion (diced)
- 2 stalks celery (diced)
- 1/2 c shredded baby carrots
- 4 TBS white flour
- 1 TBS chicken buillon
- 2 c water
- 4 c milk (2% or whole)*
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 2 leaves fresh sage, finely chopped
- 1 cup fresh sweet basil, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 16oz. package potato gnocchi (in the pasta section)
- 2 cups cooked chicken, small cubes **
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach, rinsed & chopped
- In a big pot, melt 2 tbs butter on med-high. Saute the onions, celery and carrots in the butter until translucent.
- Melt the rest of butter with veggies, and sprinkle in the flour and chicken buillon. Stir until everything is coated in flour and buillon. Add the water. Cook until bubbly, stirring often. Turn down to med-low, and add the milk/cream. Simmer until bubbly. Add the basil, sage, salt, pepper and rosemary.
- Meanwhile, cook the gnocchi in hot water and strain.***
- Add the chicken, gnocchi, and spinach. Stir. Heat through and serve warm with a baguette.
- *You can use 2 c milk and 2 c heavy cream, instead of the 4 c milk for a richer soup. But I only do that during the winter. You can also substitute lactose-free milk for the regular and it won't have a different taste. It's actually sweeter.
- **Rotisserie chicken is awesome for this. It adds a slow roasted taste to the soup. And you don't have to do any extra cooking. I forbid you from using bland canned chicken. Don't do it. Put that can away...put it away. Good. 😉
- ***You can cook the gnocchi in the microwave for 5 mins, in a bowl full of water.