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! 

Recipe

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.

Ingredients 

  • 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

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