Copycat Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into cubes
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 cup celery diced
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 cup carrots shredded
- 3 Tbsp flour
- 1 quart Fat Free Half & Half
- 1 (14oz) can low sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup fresh spinach chiffonade (finely sliced)
- 3/4 tsp dried thyme
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 (16oz) package Gnocchi
- In a large stock pot heat olive oil & saute chicken breasts. Season with a little salt & pepper. Cook until mostly done (very little pink showing.)
- Add butter until melted & then add the onion celery garlic & shredded carrots. Cook until onion is translucent. Add flour to absorb the liquid from the butter which will form a roux. Stir well.
- Add the half & half and chicken broth. Stir until it comes to a boil. Allow to simmer while you cook the gnocchi in another pot of boiling water until dumplings float (3 minutes.) Drain & set aside. (*You could possibly just add the gnocchi to the pot of soup but it might thicken the soup too much & be slightly starchy.)
- Add spinach thyme & cooked gnocchi to the pot of soup. Taste & adjust seasoning with salt & pepper. Serve hot.
- *If the soup is not thick enough add 1-2 Tbsp cornstarch mixed with just enough COLD water to stir it smooth. Add to the HOT soup & wait for it to boil to thicken up.
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