Monday, April 16, 2012

Creamy Chicken & Gnocchi Soup - The Secret Recipe Club (#SRC)

This has been a pretty busy month for me posting with The Secret Recipe Club. All amazing recipes, all a chance to help out where it was needed. This week is my originally assigned blog, It's Yummy To My Tummy! I really enjoyed browsing Heather's blog. She says that she de-stresses through cooking and baking and her blog serves as a collection of recipes to share with others. Well, I am so happy that she shared them with us, because I found this amazing Creamy Chicken & Gnocchi Soup recipe.

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I especially loved that she made her own gnocchi from scratch. That is the only way we eat it in our home. My thought was, if she took the time to make each piece of gnocchi then the soup must be good! And yes, yes it is.

This was the perfect bowl of soup for the rainy and windy Oregon weather we had a few weeks ago. Gnocchi gives me a "during naptime" project, perfect for a dreary afternoon.

The most time consuming part of this soup is assembling the little gnocchi army. But, you can just as easily buy it pre-made. I promise not to judge.

Creamy Chicken & Gnocchi Soup
taken from It's Yummy To My Tummy originally from

You Will Need:
1 c. onion, finely diced 
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 stalks of celery, finely diced*
2 carrots, finely diced*
4 Tbsp. butter
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
4 Tbsp. flour
1 quart half and half
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp parsley

16 ounces chicken stock*
1 package chopped, frozen spinach, thawed* 
1 c. cooked chicken, diced
1 lb gnocchi
salt and pepper, to taste

*denotes a change from the original recipe.

1. Saute the onion, garlic, celery and carrot in olive oil and butter until translucent.

2. Add the flour and heat to form a roux. Stir constantly so it doesn't burn. Then add the half and half and seasonings. Bring this up to a simmer and let it begin to thicken. Then add the chicken stock, chicken and spinach.
3. As the mixture thickens, cook your gnocchi, according to package directions, in a separate pot. Lift out when cooked and add them to the soup pot.

4. Simmer for an additional few minutes till everything is warmed through. Salt and pepper to taste. Be sure to salt your soup at the end since the stock and simmering may cause the soup to become more salty than you realized. Enjoy!

A big thank you to Heather for sharing this delicious recipe. We loved it and will be having it again. 

Be sure to check out all the other great recipes on the SRC linky this week for Group B:
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  1. Wow, that dish looks fantastic. The gnocci must've taken for ever to make! All the better to enjoy it when you're done.

  2. That looks amazing. This would be a good recipe to learn to make gnocchi for!

  3. I love how you made them by hand! This looks awesome and totally delicious!

  4. Oh my goodness, what a wonderful post, you have made a beautiful soup! It is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen

  5. Mmm, i love all of the textures in this! I have been wanting to make gnocchi for a while. Looks like it turned out great for you!

  6. I'm sure making gnocchi gets easier with practice but it just seems so intimidating to me. Maybe I will give it a shot on a rainy afternoon as you suggested. I'm stopping by from SRC but be sure to stop by Seasonal Potluck this month. We have peas AND rhubarb link parties open! We'd love if you'd share any recipes you may have

  7. oh, your little gnocchi looks wonderful! Thanks for featuring my chicken and gnocchi soup. And I agree gnocchi is definitely a naptime project!:) Hope you stopped by and checked out my green smoothie!

  8. Your gnocchi army looks insane. What an amazing bowl of soup. I want a spoon!

  9. I have homemade gnocchi in the freezer that needs to be used. I now know how I'll use them! This looks terrific. Stop by and check out my spaghetti pie.


  10. This looks so good. I love gnocchi

  11. it does look extremely creamy and delicious, gnocchi is great and I love how easy you made it looks


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