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Relish in the flavors of major Tuscan flavors with my 'Marry Me’ Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe! This soup 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 tuscan flavor, herbs + seasonings, well seasoned shredded chicken, chopped kale, and bold parmesan flavor! Vegan, Slow Cooker, + Gluten-Free options.
There's just something about homemade creamy soups for me. I especially enjoy when they are simple to whip together, but so bold and complex in flavor. Many of you truly enjoyed my infamous Creamy Tuscan 'Marry Me' Chicken and so I made this soup that comes highly inspired by this dish, because who wouldn't want this in soup form, right? And so, this 'Marry Me’ Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Soup was born. 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 and Skillet Baked Cheesy Pumpkin Gnocchi. 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!
This is a one-pot meal, so cooking and clean-up are as easy as can be. Simply cook your chicken breasts in advance (You can follow my Easy Shredded Chicken), then make the soup using the rest of the ingredients. Finish everything with an easy simmer and allow the ingredients to absorb all of the wonderful Tuscan flavors. My creamy chicken gnocchi soup is best served with some sort of crusty or garlic bread, salad, or your favorite side dish. Also, Indulge in the fiery goodness of our Spicy Vegan Chili--A bold and hearty dish that's a flavor explosion in every spoonful.
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Overall, this creamy chicken soup is definitely family-friendly, comfort food in a bowl, includes simple steps, and can totally be personalized based on preference----i.e. sub with your favorite side dish or eat without meat by just enjoying it with the gnocchi or substitute with something more "meaty" like tortellini. Can also be made using vegan or gluten-free ingredients for those who are sensitive to specific ingredients.
OK, so you're probably wondering why this dish is called Marry Me Chicken, right? I know. Honestly, based on my research, this was a TikTok recipe that went viral and apparently once you eat it, it'll make someone want to marry you. Haha. However, I can totally understand why this concept came to life because it literally is THAT GOOD! Of course, I had to put my own spin on it and add a bit of additional flavors which was the perfect fit.
You're guaranteed to fall in complete love with this Marry Me Chicken soup recipe---trust me! Traditionally, Marry Me Chicken consists of chicken breasts, parmesan cheese, sundried tomatoes, and basil. However, for this chicken recipe, I chose to add a nice Tuscan-style twist to things by adding my homemade tuscan blend, garlic, freshly-squeezed lemon juice, tomato paste, cooking wine, and tomatoes, for a rich, flavorful main course---in addition to gnocchi.
To make this creamy chicken 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 and sundried tomatoes as well as 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.
The ingredients for this creamy chicken gnocchi soup are important for developing the right flavor notes. Here’s what you’ll need:
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.
Once you make and eat this 'Marry Me’ Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Soup—– you’ll fall in absolute love. Haha. More importantly, here are also the reasons why you’ll love it the most:
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.
Sure, you can find pre-made seasoning blends at the grocery store. But there's nothing like the fresh, customized flavor you get by making your own blend. The herbs and spices in the Tuscan spice mix for this recipe are inspired by the fresh herbs that grow in Italy, mixed with a bit of heat from smoked paprika.
You can Store the seasoning blend in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month. Use it on anything from simple roasted vegetables to salad dressing to herb oil for dipping bread.
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 'Marry Me’ Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Soup:
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:
I like to add some extra texture to creamy soups like this 'Marry Me’ Tuscan 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:
I tend to use a lot of white cooking wine, which is easiest for me. However, I do occasionally add quality white wine to my dishes and I recommend using a dry white wine.
A dry white wine will add the right amount of acidity rather than sweetness, which will better compliment your dish like this Creamy Tuscan 'Marry Me' Chicken Soup. In general, any of the following dry white wines work great in this dish:
Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, and dry sparkling wines.
The herb-roasted tomatoes offer a delicious umami-packed flavor foundation for the creamy chicken dish.
You can make them ahead of time in the oven, then keep the tomatoes in the fridge unit you're ready to make the chicken. They'll stay fresh for up to three days in an airtight container.
If you aren't the biggest fan of sundried tomatoes or just don't have them on hand, here are a few great alternatives for you to choose from so that you can still enjoy this delicious creamy chicken soup:
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.
To reheat, it's best to do so over the stovetop and add an additional 1 cup or so of stock, stirring and allowing everything to simmer until warmed through and creamy.
Absolutely! 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 or parmesan.
To make this soup GF-friendly, simply substitute the gnocchi with a gluten-free version and ensure that other ingredients (i.e. chicken stock, heavy cream, and flour) are GF-friendly and you use GF bread on the side, if using.
Yes! To add a bit more flavor to this dish, you can always feel free to add in your favorite greens such as spinach, broccolini, bok choy, collards, or asparagus instead of kale.
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.
Basically, Tuscan style flavors include a nice array of seasonings + herbs that include rosemary, basil, parsley, thyme with aromatics of onion, garlic, spicy red pepper flakes, black pepper, and lemon/citrus which all plays a role.
Both are rather similar, however, tuscan seasonings have a few additional ingredients. In addition, tuscan flavors are a bit more spicy and peppery than Italian seasonings.
Now that you've fallen in love with the tuscan and 'Marry Me' flavors in this recipe, put to good use some Fall ingredients with these family-friendly recipes:
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