Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup is a ridiculously luscious chicken soup with chopped baby spinach and pillowy potato gnocchi dumplings. Overall this soup is pretty effortless and I love to use leftover chicken, which makes whipping up this soup a cinch. A hearty soul-warming soup on your table in no time.

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Truth be told I’ve never heard of this soup until this summer. Haileigh had her beautiful bestie, Ashlyn over and us girls were sitting around the kitchen table, as we normally do, sipping coffee and chatting about life stuff. This particular morning we somehow stumbled onto the topic of our favorite soups. By the way, soup season is my favorite season. Asking me to pick my favorite soup is like asking me to pick my favorite kid, I just can’t. But if I had to, it would be a tie between Italian White Bean and no lie, this chicken and gnocchi soup. Haileigh’s is most definitely Broccoli Cheddar Soup while Malloree loves a bowl of Fish Chowder — personally I think she’s more into the old bay croutons than anything.

It was Ash’s turn and she started talking about how chicken gnocchi soup is one of her absolute favorites, that and lobster bisque. [<— my kind of girl!]

But first I was like — hold up, wait a minute– what is chicken gnocchi soup?

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Apparently this soup is on the menu at Olive Garden? I had no clue because it’s been well over 8 years since the last time I was there and I think I ordered some chicken dish. I’m not the biggest fan (obviously) but hey I hear they have great breadsticks and salad [and soup ;)].

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Overall this soup is pretty simple and straightforward. You’ll need 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 cup diced onion, 1/2 cup both sliced carrots (half-moons) and celery, a couple cloves of garlic (minced) and a teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves. You’ll also need 6 tablespoons flour, 4 cups half & half, 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth, 2 cups chopped cooked chicken (leftovers!), 2 cups loosely packed chopped baby spinach and 16 ounces potato gnocchi.

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And no, I did not make my own gnocchi. I just don’t have a great recipe yet nor do I have the time. Maybe when my kids are grown? We shall see. But in the meantime, bring a large pot of water (salted with 3 tablespoons of sea salt) and follow the package directions to cook the gnocchi. Typically it’s about 3 to 4 minutes or until they start to float at the top of the water.

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Now let’s build this soup! Start by melting the butter in with the oil in a heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven on medium heat. Add in the onions, carrots and celery with a pinch of salt. Stir, cover and cook until the onions are translucent and carrots are fork tender, stir occasionally.

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Once the gnocchi are cooked, drain them into a colander set into your sink. Then I lay them on a parchment lined, rimmed sheet pan so they don’t stick to each other.

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Once the veggies are tender and cooked, add in the minced garlic and chopped thyme. Stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

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Next add in the flour, stir and cook the flour/butter mixture for a minute or two.

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Now stir, while pouring in the half & half. Then grate in 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg. Increase the heat to a simmer, stirring until thick. Then pour in the chicken broth, heat until the soup has thickened slightly.

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Lastly, add in the cooked gnocchi, chicken and coarsely chopped spinach. Season with salt and pepper and heat until the spinach has wilted and the soup is thick and creamy.

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I made this soup late yesterday afternoon, it was rainy and a little chilly with the temperature in the low 60’s. I served it with grilled fontina cheese sandwiches to Haileigh, Malloree and a few of Mal’s girlfriends. All 4 girls gave it two thumbs up — I had zero doubts.

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Enjoy! And if you give this Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

A ridiculously luscious chicken soup with chopped baby spinach and pillowy potato gnocchi dumplings. Overall this soup is pretty effortless and I love to use leftover chicken, which makes whipping up this soup a cinch. A hearty soul-warming soup on your table in no time.

Yield: 8 (1 cup) servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour

Ingredients:

16 ounces potato gnocchi

4 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

3/4 cup diced yellow onion

1 carrot (or 1/2 cup) carrots, sliced into half-moons

2 stalks of celery (or 1/2 cup), sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

6 tablespoons all purpose flour

4 cups (1 quart) half & half*

4 cups (1 quart) low-sodium chicken broth

2 handfuls baby spinach, very coarsely chopped

2 cups chopped leftover cooked chicken

1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

minced fresh parsley leaves, for serving

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook gnocchi 3 to 4 minutes or until they float to the top of the water. Drain and arrange on a parchment lined sheet pan so they don't stick together.

In a heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter in with the oil. Add in the onions, carrots and celery with a pinch of salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender. Then add in the garlic and thyme, cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

Stir in the flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Continue to stir, while pouring in the half & half. Then grate in 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg.

Increase the heat to a simmer, stirring until thick. Then pour in the chicken broth, heat until the soup has thickened slightly. Next, stir in the broth and again, simmer until the soup starts to thicken (stirring occasionally).

Lastly, stir in the spinach, chicken, gnocchi, salt and pepper. Cover and heat until the spinach has wilted.

Ladle piping hot soup into bowls and top with chopped fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese.

*2 cups half & half may be substituted with 1 cup heavy cream and 1 cup milk.

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10 Responses to “Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup”

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    Laura — September 8, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Looks delicious! This is totally going on my dinner menu for the very near future! Thank you Laurie!

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    Andrea — September 8, 2017 at 10:11 am

    The gnocchi aren’t listed in the ingredient list.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 8th, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

      Thank you, Andrea!

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    Erica — September 8, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Thank you so much for this! I was looking at copycat recipes this week for this exact soup! I trust your recipes so this is exciting for me! Since there are only 2 of us at home, do you think cutting the recipe in half would negatively impact it?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 8th, 2017 @ 1:59 pm

      Great minds cook alike, Erica! <3 I honestly wouldn't halve the recipe. The leftovers reheat nicely the next day or two afterwards -- and I think you'll be glad you have them. 😉

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    Amanda Leifeste — September 8, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    This looks AMAZING. How do you think it would be if I left out the gnocchi? Maybe add more veggies? Hubby is diabetic, so as much as I want this soup as-is like RIGHT NOW, I need a low carb version. Thoughts?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 21st, 2017 @ 4:06 pm

      Hi Amanda! I apologize for not responding quickly, I somehow missed your comment. But another reader left a comment and link about keto/low-carb gnocchi. I hope it helps!

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    Karyn — September 10, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Amanda Leifeste – have you tried working with fathead dough? It’s used widely in the keto community as a replacement for bread dough.

    One of the keto/low-carb recipe bloggers I follow just put out a recipe for fathead gnocchi (link below)! I left a comment (under the same name) asking if the author thinks they would hold up in a soup, so you can check the comments to see what she says! Good luck!

    Low-carb Gnocchi: https://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2017/09/fathead-keto-gnocchi-low-carb.html

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 21st, 2017 @ 4:06 pm

      Thanks for sharing this info, Karyn!

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    Amanda Leifeste — September 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Karyn, thank you! I’ll check this out!

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