Chicken Gnocchi Soup
A couple of weeks ago my entire family got hit with a funky cold that was going around. It was not fun at all and I’m thankful it’s behind us. All 3 of my kids were home missing school, and then my husband came home sick from work on Wednesday night, just as I was making this Chicken Gnocchi Soup for dinner, the timing couldn’t have been better I guess you could say.
My kids aren’t huge soup people (though from the amount of soups that I post here, I obviously am). Actually I take that back because my daughter will usually eat all soups and my 2 year old is still a work in progress but my 11 year old son says no thanks to soup every time. It’s just not his thing. However, he did discover that he loved chicken noodle soup at Panera about a year ago and orders it every time we go there. Chicken noodle soup is not really my favorite soup to make (or eat) but I’m starting to come around to it knowing that my kids will eat it if I make it. It’s so good for you, how can I not take advantage of that opportunity?! Both my kids discovered their love of the Chicken Gnocchi Soup at Olive Garden not long ago during one of our soup, salad and breadstick fixes and I knew that it was a soup I was going to have to make for them at home. They love gnocchi and when I found some adorable mini gnocchi at the grocery store the other day I knew it was time to make some soup.
So here’s the thing, the soup at Olive Garden seems to have a cream base to it and I’m not so crazy about that. I decided to experiment and add a can of mashed cannellini beans to the soup to thicken it up and see how it went over. Well, it was pretty successful I have to say. No one (still) has any idea there were beans in this soup (in fact my 11 year old specifically mentioned that he loved my soups when they don’t have beans or tomatoes – spinach is okay though!). It added a subtle “creaminess” to the soup, just enough and knowing the nutrition it added I am going to do it more often.
My family loved this soup so much that I’ve made it 2 weeks in a row. Even my two year old gobbled up a couple of small bowls. Makes me happy to have a go-to soup that I know everyone loves!
Hope you have a great week and are staying healthy!
Yield: 6-8 servings Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes
Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
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