Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I received my Secret Recipe Club assignment, and I was assigned It's Yummy to My Tummy, I knew exactly what I was going to make the minute I saw her recipe for Chicken and Gnocchi Soup...it was hands down a given. I did peruse more of her recipes, but just knew that was the one.
The author of this blog, Heather, loves to bake and cook, for her family and for others. Her blog is her way of organizing her thoughts and experiments, de-stressing and sharing her many recipes with the many people who love them and always ask her for her recipes. You need to head over and check out her recipe index. I'm pretty sure there's something for everyone.
You can totally buy store bought gnocchi, but I have always wanted to try making my own, so I did. I will post that recipe soon, but it was worth it and not that hard. I think I could have made them smaller, but they were the perfect texture and flavor. I was quite pleased. Heather gives instructions for using homemade gnocchi. I placed my gnocchi dough in boiling water first. As soon as they rose to the top I scooped them out and added them to the soup, this way they could finish off cooking but not get overdone (I wasn't sure if that was possible so I didn't want to take any chances). If you choose to use store bought gnocchi, this soup is a really quick meal to throw together.
*Be sure to go to her recipe as well because she gives some great time saving tips.
Let's get on to the recipe.
1 c. cooked chicken, diced
4 Tbs. butter
4 Tbs. flour
1 Qt. half and half
14 oz. chicken broth
1/2 c. celery, finely diced
1 c. carrots, shredded
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 c. onion, finely diced (I used less just because we don't like a lot)
1 c. spinach, chopped
1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. parsley
1 lb. gnocchi
salt and pepper to taste
1. Saute onion, celery and garlic in butter and olive oil until onion becomes translucent.
2. Add in flour and stir (this will be like a roux). Cook and stir constantly for about a minute.
3. Add your half and half, seasonings, carrots and chicken. Let mixture begin to simmer and thicken up.
4. In another pot, cook your gnocchi according to package directions.
5. Once your soup is thickened, add your chicken broth. When gnocchi are done cooking, add them to your soup, along with the spinach. Cook a few minutes until spinach is wilted.
Such a simple and satisfying soup. I love the flavor of the thyme in this and I love the vegetables. It's just a great fall soup.
With Joy UNquenchable,