This Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Soup is better than Olive Garden and is sure to keep you warm and comforted throughout the cooler months of the year and you're guaranteed to be satisfied. A great weeknight option or comforting weekend addition for the entire family, this soup boasts of it’s major flavor factor and comes loaded with tender, soft potato gnocchi, major garlic flavor, herbs + seasonings, chopped kale, and beautifully shredded chicken! Vegan + Gluten-Free options.
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Making soup is my personal self-care moment and I literally indulge in all kinds of textures and flavors. Growing up in a Jamaican household, soup is such a major staple especially once the temperature outdoors drops and you find yourself needing a bit of warmth and comfort. Haha. This Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Soup is specifically one of my latest faves and my husband definitely finished all leftovers within 24 hours! YES---it's that delish! And if you're a lover of gnocchi then you'll love this oven-baked Garlic Chicken Broccoli Gnocchi Recipe. Try this Cheesy Kale Garlic Bread as a delicious side! Plus, this Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup is a delicious soup to try next!
The best part about this soup is that it reminds you of the Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup, but better! People have attested to this. Oh and have you tried this Jamaican Chicken Soup? If not, you truly will love the complete nourishment that it provides and kick of spice. But you're also sure to love and lean into creamier based soups like my Creamy White Chicken Lasagna Soup, Creamy Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup, and Roasted Carrot Soup + Cheesy Croutons which have been top contenders!
Also, I'm in complete love with this soup and I love the fact that you can add your favorite greens (i.e. kale, spinach, etc.) into the mix and create a really nice flavor.
This Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Soup is family-friendly, a crowd-pleaser (even for Olive Garden fans), super easy to make, only uses a few staple ingredients, creamy, velvety, flavorful. Plus, it comes with a vegan + gluten-free option.
Gnocchi are basically Italian dumplings made with flour, eggs, and potatoes---unless they are egg-free like this one that I purchased from Delallo foods. When it comes to making your own gnocchi, the process is done is fairly a few steps. It starts with boiling and mashing the potatoes, combining the ingredients together and kneading them into a ball, shaping the dough, cutting them into pieces, and boiling and draining the gnocchi. For a great recipe, check out AllRecipes.com.
Everyone loves a good soup, especially Olive Garden's Chicken & Gnocchi soup which is creamy soup made with roasted chicken, traditional Italian dumplings and spinach. This soup recipe is very similar with an addition of bold flavor that includes garlic, herbs + seasonings, and chopped kale. Definitely a crowd-pleaser!
To make this creamy gnocchi soup, you'll start by baking and shredding your chicken, if you haven't already. Then to finish the soup, you'll need a pot on the stove to sauté the garlic followed by the flour and seasonings. The shredded chicken, chopped kale, gnocchi, along with the remaining ingredients go into the pot for the soup. Let it simmer a bit more, add the cheese, and wallah! Nice, creamy results.
Here's what you need to make this Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Soup at home:
When it comes to creating pulled or shredded chicken, there are two most effective ways to do so. Firstly, you would need to ensure that your chicken is fully cooked and cooled and then you shred the chicken in one of the following ways:
Forks: For this method you would need two forks. If using this method, place your cooked chicken breast onto a plate or cutting board and use both forks to separate the chicken meat and 'shred' as you separate. Continue doing this until all of your chicken is shredded.
Stand Mixer: If you're looking to avoid using arm strength, then the method of a stand mixer might be just for you. This is by far the fastest and easiest way to shred chicken and you simply place all of your cooked chicken breasts in the bowl of stand mixer. Add the paddle attachment and mix on low. In just 15-20 seconds you’ll have shredded chicken. That easy!
Now, if you're intimidated with making soup or are concerned that it won't turn out as delicious, no worries. In my experience with making many different types of soup and watching the adults around me make a TON of soup (it's a staple in the Jamaican culture), I've learned a few things along the way that can help you make really good soup, including this Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Soup:
Once you make and eat this Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Soup—– you’ll fall in absolute love. Haha. More importantly, here are also the reasons why you’ll love it the most:
While many soups are thickened for texture, what you use as a thickening agent is solely up to you. All in all, it depends on how you like it! Use 1 tablespoon at a time mixed with 1 tablespoon of water to dilute. Then pour the mixture into the soup, simmering for an additional few minutes to activate the thickener.
Some thickening agents you can use are:
It's so important to use freshly-grated parmesan cheese for the creamiest results in your creamy garlic chicken gnocchi soup. While you can use shredded cheese, it won't melt as seamlessly because it has a special "coating", which prevents it from melting smoothly.
NOTE: If you only have shredded cheese, then I recommend adding it the soup while it's simmering in the last 5 minutes or so, stirring until melted and then topping it immediately after serving it into bowl(s).
I like to add some extra texture to creamy soups like this Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Soup. While the ingredients in this creamy soup is perfect as is, I wanted to share a few more ideas of ingredients that you can add incase you make this soup more than once and want to switch things up!
Other ingredient ideas include:
Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, for optimal freshness. Can also be frozen for 4-6 months. To defrost, simply place soup in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature before re-heating on the stove top to serve.
Yes! Of course. To make this soup vegan, be sure to omit the chicken and substitute the butter with vegan butter, heavy cream with full-fat coconut cream/milk, gnocchi with a vegan-friendly version, chicken stock with veggie stock, and cheese with nutritional yeast and/or dairy-free cheese shreds.
To make this soup GF-friendly, simply substitute the gnocchi with a gluten-free version and ensure that other ingredients are GF-friendly and you use GF bread on the side, if using.
Although, kale is the most common veggie used in this Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Soup, you can definitely use other greens such as spinach, collard greens, bokchoy, etc. for a nice twist!
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While many people might argue that you need to cook the gnocchi prior to adding it to your soup, I don't agree when it comes to this soup. Of course, if it's a soup that takes longer to cook, then I recommend adding your gnocchi in at the final 10 minutes or so. However, since this soup cooks rather quickly, I add it in with the remaining ingredients and when its boiling, you'll know that the gnocchi is done as they come to the surface.
As I've mentioned before, once the gnocchi is fully cooked through, they will float to the top.
Basically, gnocchi are a type of pasta consisting of soft, fat and chewy dumplings. Traditionally, it's made of semolina or plain wheat flour, egg, and mashed potato.
One of my favorite tricks to this is to sauté my gnocchi prior to adding in the remaining ingredients. "Frying" the gnocchi will give it a nice crispy crust and prevent it from getting stuck together and soggy in the soup.
Yes, absolutely! You'll go through the normal steps as you would if it were in a pot or dutch oven, however, you'll want to add the gnocchi, kale, and cream last once you've cooked everything for 3-4 hours.
For soups like this creamy soup, I love using pre-cooked chicken breasts that can either be shredded or chopped into cubes. It definitely makes things easier and the cook time for this soup a lot quicker.
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