My 6 year old loves gnocchi, my 3 year old loves chicken, and my 8 year old loves soup, so what is a mom to do? Make chicken gnocchi soup! I remember having a gnocchi soup at Olive Garden once and it was atrocious. I am not a fan of chicken in mass produced soup, you always end up with bits and pieces that are completely inedible. Gristle makes me sick, so I just can’t do it.
I couldn’t remember the last time we had meat for dinner, so I thought tonight was the perfect time. HEP said that it tasted like chicken and dumplings and LGP said it was better than my potato soup (which is her absolute favorite).
It’s a cream base, but you can omit the milk and half and half, and the chicken, use veg stock and keep it vegetarian.
I used button mushrooms and I had to snap a picture just to show the cute little ones that were perfect for this soup.
I’m a big fan of saving money on proteins, because they are so expensive to begin with. Especially if you buy organic chicken and beef, stretching it to feed a lot of people is very important. I cooked up an entire pound of chicken breasts, but I didn’t use it all, I saved some for another dinner.
I hope you try this, with or without chicken!
- • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
- • ½-3/4 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breast
- • 1 cup diced carrot
- • ¼ cup diced yellow onion
- • ½ teaspoon salt
- • 1 cup sliced button mushrooms
- • 4 cups stock, vegetarian or chicken
- • ½ cup fat free milk
- • ½ cup half and half
- • 1½ Tablespoons corn starch
- In a large skillet, heat 1 Tablespoon over medium heat
- Add chicken and heat for 4-5 minutes, turn and cook on other side until cooked until 165 degrees F
- Remove from heat and let rest
- In a large dutch oven, add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and heat over medium heat
- Add carrots, onions, and salt and saute until soft
- Add mushrooms and saute for an additional 2 minutes
- Add stock and bring to a boil
- Add gnocchi and boil for 5 minutes
- In a separate bowl, add milk, half and half, and corn starch, stir until combined
- Add to soup and stir
- Immediately turn down heat to low and soup will begin to thicken
- Dice chicken and add to soup.
- Soup will thicken up after a few minutes.