This chicken gnocchi soup makes for the best creamy comfort food! It’s loaded with plump potato gnocchi, seasoned veggies, and tender chicken.
And joining the ranks of easy soup recipes that can be made in one pot and in about 30 minutes or less: let’s welcome creamy chicken gnocchi soup! In case you’re new around here, this chicken parmesan soup and chicken tortilla soup are ready in about 20 minutes or less and have been wildly popular here on the blog.
We use a few shortcuts to have a big pot of comforting soup on your table as quick as possible and this soup is no exception. It takes *slightly* longer to make (because we’ve got to make a roux to make it creamy), but it truly can be ready in about 30 minutes or less!
How to make chicken gnocchi soup
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- Cook the mirepoix (carrots, celery, and onion) in olive oil until tender.
- Veggies have been cooked until tender
- Melt in butter. Once melted, add in flour and whisk to cook off that raw flavor
- All the seasonings — we’ll add all these in besides the bay leaf
- Veggies with all the seasonings
- Gradually add in chicken broth or stock while whisking constantly. We want to gradually add this and the milk to allow the soup to thicken properly. Make sure to be stirring all parts of the pot to ensure you don’t end up with clumps.
- How the soup will look after it’s thickened with the chicken broth/stock
- Add in the milk; again gradually while whisking and stirring constantly.
- Add in the gnocchi and spinach — allow the soup to cook the gnocchi and spinach to wilt.
- Stir in the shredded rotisserie chicken to warm through and soup is ready to eat!
- Rotisserie chicken already saves a load of time, but did you know you can buy already shredded rotisserie chicken? (I’ve seen it at Costco, Smith’s (Kroger), Trader Joes, and Walmart.)
- To save yourself chopping time, grab mirepoix (also called soup starter at some stores). Lots of stores sell pre-chopped mirepoix (a French word for diced onion, carrot, and celery) in the produce section of the store. If you’re in a hurry grab that fresh chopped mirepoix OR you can even use frozen mirepoix.
- To save yourself chopping time, use jarred garlic or a garlic press: instead of mincing your own garlic, you can use jarred to save time. Alternatively a garlic press gets you fresh minced garlic in a fraction of the time that hand mincing it does.
Chicken gnocchi soup storage
This chicken gnocchi soup is best eaten the same day its made. When stored, the gnocchi continues to absorb liquid, bloats, and becomes overly soft (and mushy). So if you don’t plan on eating this soup the same day it’s made, I recommend either cooking the gnocchi separately (and reducing the amount of liquid in the soup) or halving the recipe.
Again, because the gnocchi continues to take on liquid, this soup isn’t a great candidate for freezing and thawing.
More delicious soup recipes:
- Creamy Chicken Chili
- Zuppa Toscana Soup
- Crockpot Pasta E Fagioli
- Broccoli Cheddar Soup
- Creamy Vegetable Soup
This chicken gnocchi soup makes for the best creamy comfort food! It's loaded with plump potato gnocchi, seasoned veggies, and tender chicken.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup diced yellow onion (~1/2 large onion)
- 3/4 cup diced celery (~2-3 stalks)
- 3/4 cup diced carrot (~2-3 carrots)
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon chicken boullion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon EACH: fine sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, dried parsley, dried oregano, dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons white all purpose flour
- 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 package (16 ounces) baby gnocchi (frozen if possible; if using shelf stable I recommend DeLallo)
- 2 cups coarsely chopped baby spinach
- 2 cups rotisserie chicken
- Optional: fresh thyme and crusty bread, for serving
MIREPOIX: Add olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add in onion, celery, and carrots. Cook until the onion is translucent and veggies are crisp tender, stirring occasionally, about 7-9 minutes (Reduce heat if veggies are browning) Add in the garlic and stir for 30 seconds. While veggies are cooking, measure out all the spices.
ROUX: Add in the butter and allow to melt. Once melted, add in the spices (chicken bouillon powder, salt, pepper, parsley, oregano, thyme, and Italian seasoning) and stir around for 15-30 seconds. Add in the flour and stir until completely smooth. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute to cook off the raw flavor of the flour. Gradually add in the chicken broth, while whisking constantly. It should form a thick paste at first. Continue to add the chicken broth until fully added in and slightly thickened. Once smooth, gradually add in the milk then heavy cream while whisking constantly. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until thickened. Add in the bay leaf.
GNOCCHI/SPINACH: Add uncooked gnocchi and in spinach; cook, stirring gently, until wilted about 3 more minutes. Stir in the shredded rotisserie chicken to warm through. Remove from the heat. Season to taste if any additional salt/pepper is needed.
SERVE: Ladle into bowls and garnish if desired with fresh thyme. Serve with crusty bread.