I was at Olive Garden a few weeks ago and tried their Chicken Gnocchi Soup and was inspired to make my own version that was much chunkier with more veggies and chicken in a delicious creamy broth. This made a huge pot that I can’t wait to dig into! Very filling, and a different take on a traditional chicken soup / chowder.
Chicken Gnocchi Soup: Serves 12-16
6-8 Chicken Thighs – Skinless
1 Large Onion – Diced
4-5 Celery Stalks – Diced
4-5 Carrots – Diced
2 Bay Leaves
1TB Chicken Bouillon (I use Better then Bouillon)
1C Heavy Cream
1.5C Milk (I used Fat Free)
2TB Corn Starch
15oz Can Creamed Corn
1lbs Gnocchi – I bought Fresh Prepackaged from Wegmans
Salt & Pepper
In a large – and I mean large, soup pot add the chicken, onion, celery, bay leaves, generous salt and pepper (about 1TB salt / 1-2tsp pepper) and water (note I did not measure my water, I was using a huge dutch oven and had about 4-5″ of water in the pan – enough to cover the chicken by an inch or two). Bring this up to a boil and let the chicken cook through. Once the chicken is completely cooked remove it from the pot, remove and discard any excess fat and bones then take the chicken and shred it either by hand, with two forks, or toss it into your stand mixer and beat on low for about 30 seconds.
While you are shredding the chicken turn the the pot down to a low simmer and remove and discard the bay leaves. You’ll notice that excess grease will be gathering on top, with a large spoon carefully remove this grease from your pan and discard. Add the chicken back to the pot with the carrots, creamed corn and bouillon and give it a taste test – is it flavorful? is it bland? adjust as necessary – I like mine peppery so I always use fresh ground pepper in high quantities.
Next mix the milk with the cornstarch until completely incorporated then add to the soup pot, bring up to a boil and stir for a few minutes, add the cream and continue to stir another 3-4 minutes letting all the flavors mesh together. Lastly add the Gnocchi and cook for 2-3 minutes per the package instructions, remove soup from the heat and let the soup sit. Ideally you would make this the day before eating as the cream sauce will really absorb the soup flavors overnight but you can eat it now if you can’t resist! (I may of had a bowl!)
Serve & Enjoy!
WW: 7 Points Plus / serving @ 12 servings
5 Points Plus / serving @ 16 servings