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Lighter Chicken Gnocchi Soup is a hearty and comforting dish that uses milk instead of heavy cream to lighten up this Olive Garden favorite!
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Lighter Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Lighter Chicken Gnocchi Soup is a hearty and comforting dish that uses milk instead of heavy cream to lighten up this Olive Garden favorite!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time28 mins
Total Time48 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken gnocchi soup
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 331kcal
Author: Mindy Boyd

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package gnocchi 16 ounces
  • 3 cups spinach

Instructions

  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a Dutch Oven or large pot over medium to medium-high heat, add chicken and cook stirring occasionally until brown, 4-5 minutes. Add remaining butter, when melted add onion, celery and carrots, cook stirring occasionally for 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook stirring constantly until fragrant, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with flour and cook stirring constantly for 1 minute. Stir in milk and cook stirring constantly until bubbly, 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Add broth and pepper; heat to boiling, reduce heat and cook stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add gnocchi, breaking them apart as you put them in the pot. Add spinach and cook stirring occasionally until gnocchi is tender and spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes.

Notes

I don’t add additional salt when the soup is cooking because we are trying to consume as little sodium as possible. If you aren’t concerned with sodium intake then you could add some during the cooking process, maybe 1/2 teaspoon. 

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 814mg | Potassium: 616mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5314IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1mg