Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

March 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Posted in Chicken, Main Dish, Rotisserie Chicken, Soups & Stews | Leave a comment

I’ve made this before and it was really, really good.  With the snow blowing and the temperature in the 30s, today was a good day to make it again.

The recipe is from an unknown source (sorry!) but it’s marked as adapted from Frieda Loves Bread and Christina at AllRecipes, so I’ve linked to them.  If you are the source, please let me know!

Here’s my take on the recipe, which is a bit of Frieda’s and a bit of Christina and a bit of me:

Ingredients:

1 Rotisserie chickensoup 001

8 cups of water

2 packets of Knorr’s Homemade Chicken Stock

3 celery stalks

1 onion, sliced in half

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Take a deep, oven-proof pot (plus you will need an oven-proof lid) and place the entire chicken in the pot.  Pour in the water and drop the chicken stock packets in, along with the celery and onion.

Cover and place in oven for one hour.

At the end of the hour, toss the celery and onion pieces into the trash.  Remove chicken to a deep dish and allow to cool.soup 006The meat was falling off the bone when I took it out of the pot!  Take all the meat off of the bone and place back into pot filled with broth.  soup 008This is what I had left after de-boning the chicken:soup 007

The remainder of the soup will be made on the stove top; I left mine on LOW at first.  Now you will need:

3 more cups of water

1 more packet of Knorr’s Homemade chicken stock

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp. thyme

1 dash of nutmeg

1 tbsp. sugar

2 stalks of celery

3 carrots

1 package of potato gnocchi (16 ounces)chicken gnocchi 005

1 bunch of kale (remove stems)

1 tbsp. cornstarch

2 tbsp. water

1 pint of heavy cream

more salt and pepper (to taste)chicken gnocchi 002Add the water, stock packet and stir.  Add garlic, sugar and spices.  Peel carrots and grate them.chicken gnocchi 006Instead of dicing up my celery, I grated it, too.  Nice and colorful but kind of messy.  Add carrots and celery to pot.  Mix well.chicken gnocchi 009Add gnocchi to pot.  Turn heat up to MEDIUM and add kale.  chicken gnocchi 011Get a small bowl and mix up the cold water and cornstarch.chicken gnocchi 008Use a whisk and blend in heavy cream.chicken gnocchi 010After the gnocchi and kale have been in the pot on MEDIUM for about 5 minutes, slowly pour in the cornstarch and cream mixture.chicken gnocchi 012Stir gently.  Turn heat up to MEDIUM HIGH and stir continually so that it doesn’t scorch.chicken gnocchi 013Let it almost-bubble for about 5 minutes and serve hot with lots of crusty bread so that you can soak up every last bit of soup!chicken gnocchi 018Yum!

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