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Cook’s Note for Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden Copycat Recipe:
- You can “lighten” this soup by using 2 cups of half and half and 2 cups of milk. I bet you can even use just milk and it’ll still taste great.
- For this recipe you can cook up your chicken breasts and then dice them, or you can you can shred some rotisserie chicken (this is what I did).
- You can find the gnocchi in a couple of different places in your supermarket, my local stores sells shelf stable potato gnocchi where dry pasta is sold. In high-end grocery stores I have seen this sold in the fresh sections where refrigerated ravioli or tortellini are sold.
- 4 T butter
- 1 large yellow onion, small diced
- 1 C celery, small diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 quart half and half
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1½ cup carrots, finely shredded
- 1 cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped
- ¼ teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon parsley
- 1 cup chicken, cooked and diced
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese – for garnish
- 1 pound package gnocchi
- salt & pepper to taste
- In a large soup pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and lightly browned around the edges, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds.
- Sprinkle in the flour and whisk to combine. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in the flour until there are no more lumps and simmer until thickened.
- Slowly whisk in the half and half and simmer until thickened, about 4-6 minutes. Whisk in the chicken broth and simmer until thickened again, about 2-4 minutes.
- Add the Carrots, spinach leaves, thyme, parsley, chicken, and gnocchi. Continue to cook until all the ingredients are just heated through.
- Season with salt and pepper, serve.
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