You ever wonder where the famous Chicken Gnocchi Soup on the menu of every Olive Garden restaurant came from?
Gnocchi is a traditional Italian dumpling made from multiple ingredients including wheat flour, potatoes, eggs, cheese, cornmeal and a lot of other similar ingredients.
This version uses potato gnocchi, which is a soft and chewy dumpling perfect for making soups and it is also the traditional version of gnocchi.
Typically, it is served as a main course, but can also be eaten as a side dish.
It is usually topped with a simple sauce such as butter and sage or pesto, but because gnocchi has a neutral flavor many ingredients can be added to create an elaborate and flavorful dish just like Chicken Gnocchi Soup.
Want to make the dish for yourself, follow the recipe below!
- Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add celery, onions, garlic, and carrots and saute for 2-3 minutes until onions are translucent.
- Add chicken, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and thyme, bring to a boil, then gently stir in gnocchi. Boil for 3-4 minutes longer before reducing heat to a simmer and cooking for 10 minutes.
- Stir in half and half and spinach and cook another 1-2 minutes until spinach is tender. Taste, add salt and pepper if needed, and serve.
- 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts – cooked and diced
- 1 stalk of celery – chopped
- ½ white onion – diced
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- salt and pepper – to taste
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 16 ounces potato gnocchi
- 2 cups half and half – see note
- 1 cup fresh spinach – roughly chopped