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Chicken Spinach Gnocchi Soup

One of my absolute favorite meals to prepare during the cold days of winter is a big pot of soup. There's just something about it simmering on the stovetop, filling your house with delicious smells. It warms you from the inside out. Chicken Spinach Gnocchi Soup is a riff on one of my favorite soups from a very popular restaurant chain. (A really delicious place to eat soup, salad, and breadsticks!)

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  It's a creamy soup, full of roasted chicken, spinach, garlic, and potato dumplings. Mmm... if you've never tried gnocchi, you are definitely missing out! And the spinach in the recipe definitely makes it healthy, right? (Just forget that there's half & half on the ingredients list...) Get started by sauteing your vegetables in a mix of butter and olive oil. Once they are softened, whisk in a bit of flour, cooking a few minutes until it turns golden brown. This is what will thicken the soup.

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Then, just add the remaining ingredients (except for the gnocchi) and let it simmer away! Milk, half&half, chopped spinach, and roasted chicken, along with some thyme and parsley. Cook the gnocchi according to the package directions, and stir into the soup when you're ready to eat.

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Serve topped with Parmesan cheese!

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Chicken Spinach Gnocchi Soup

Servings/Yield: 6 servings
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 tsp. thyme
  • 3/4 tsp. parsley
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 10-oz. box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 lb. potato gnocchi
Method Melt butter with olive oil. Saute onions, celery, and garlic over medium heat until onions are translucent. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add flour; cook about 1-minute to form roux. Stir in half-and-half and milk. Bring to a boil. Stir in chicken broth. Season with thyme and parsley. Add chicken and spinach. Meanwhile, cook gnocchi according to package directions; then stir into soup. Let simmer 15-20 minutes, and add additional seasonings if necessary. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Source: inspired by the Olive Garden      

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