Our weather can still be a little unpredictable this time of year. One day it is 70 degrees, the next, it is 40. That’s why having a hearty and delicious soup that you can throw into the crockpot for those days it is both cool and busy is essential. Gnocchi Soup fits the bill and is tastier than the one you get at that famous Italian chain restaurant.
INGREDIENTS FOR GNOCCHI SOUP
- 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups mirepoix (just a simple mixture of chopped onions, celery, and carrots)
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
- two 12 ounce cans evaporated milk
- two 1 lb. packages gnocchi
- 6 slices bacon
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
Place the chicken, carrots, onion, celery, basil, Italian seasoning, poultry seasoning, salt, and broth in a crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Shred the chicken directly in the crockpot.
Add the cornstarch mixture, evaporated milk, and gnocchi. Stir and replace cover. Cook another 45 minutes – 1 hour until the soup has thickened and the gnocchi has softened.
While the soup is thickening, cut the bacon into small pieces and fry until crispy. Drain on paper towels and wipe most of the bacon grease out of the pan, leaving just a little bit for the spinach/garlic. Add the garlic and saute for one minute. Add the spinach and stir until wilted. Remove from heat. Add the bacon and spinach to the crockpot. Stir to combine.
Add any additional liquid as needed (I added about a cup of additional broth once it started to thicken) and season again with salt and pepper as needed.
Here’s to creating a simple and delicious meal and RESETTING your life! Let me know what you think of this one when you give it a try! I’d love to hear.
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