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Creamy Cauliflower Gnocchi Chicken Soup

This is my own healthy take on the classic Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup! 

This creamy cauliflower gnocchi chicken soup is every bit creamy and flavorful, but, it’s also made low carb with Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. 

Dutch oven filled with creamy cauliflower gnocchi chicken soup.

Happy Sunday friends!

I don’t normally post new recipes on a Sunday but seeing as these are unprecedented times, I think you NEED this creamy cauliflower gnocchi chicken soup recipe in your life. 

I’ve been making this on Instagram stories for a few weeks now and it’s about time for me to dish out this (insanely easy) healthy soup recipe. It takes less than 20 minutes to come together, 30 if you’ve had a glass of wine…

I have found myself seeking out simple comfort food as we try and navigate a new normal for ourselves. Anyone else doing the same?

Reason 20370935 why I love this soup recipe…

It’s VERY similar to Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi soup but with a healthy revitalization.

I swapped out regular gnocchi for TJ’s cauliflower Gnocchi (you’d never even know!), used lots of chicken for added protein and added in a hearty dose of greens at the end so it felt well rounded. 

A bowl filled with creamy cauliflower gnocchi chicken soup and topped with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs.

If Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi is a refrigerator staple in your house (we always have a couple of bags in the freezer) then I highly suggest giving this healthy soup recipe a go!

If you’re short on fresh herbs or don’t have any celery, feel free to improvise. These are crazy times and I think one thing we can all promote right now is to do what you can, with what you have. 

Use dried oregano, instead of fresh thyme.

Use veggie stock, if you don’t have chicken stock. 

Use regular gnocchi, (just cook it longer) instead of cauliflower gnocchi.

Top with any kind of cheese, if you don’t have parm.

This is a very forgiving recipe, and that is what we need in life right now. 

Ingredients for creamy cauliflower gnocchi chicken soup.

How do you cook Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi?

The best way I have found to cook Trader Joes Cauliflower Gnocchi is in a medium saute pan with a drizzle of olive oil for 7-8 minutes.

The bag directions tell you to use a bit of water, cover it, blah blah blah but I think this method makes them taste very gummy and brings out way too much of the cauliflower that can be disguised by cooking it this way. 

For the soup recipe today we are adding in the frozen cauliflower directly to the simmering soup broth and the cauliflower taste is hardly even noticeable. 

A bag of Trader Joes cauliflower gnocchi.

Ingredients for Creamy Cauliflower Gnocchi Chicken Soup:

  • olive oil
  • carrots
  • celery
  • onion
  • salt
  • cracked black pepper
  • garlic –(granulated is okay too!)
  • chicken
  • thyme –(dried is an okay substitute)
  • chicken stock
  • Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi
  • half and half 
  • spinach –(any green will do!)
  • parmesan cheese –(or any cheese for topping!)

A dutch oven cooking celery, carrots and onion.Soup being simmered on the stovetop.

How to make Creamy Cauliflower Gnocchi Chicken Soup: 

  1. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large dutch oven or stockpot.
  2. Add in carrots, celery, and onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add in garlic and cook for 1-2 more minutes or until fragrant.
  3. Add cooked chicken, fresh thyme leaves and chicken stock. Season once more with salt and pepper and bring mixture to a strong simmer.
  4. Add cauliflower gnocchi to stock and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add half and half and spinach to the soup. Stir well and let cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Taste test for salt and pepper seasoning. Serve right away and top with plenty of parmesan cheese.

Fresh spinach leaves being added into the creamy cauliflower gnocchi chicken soup.Dutch oven filled with creamy cauliflower gnocchi chicken soup.

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Creamy Cauliflower Gnocchi Chicken Soup

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This is my own house take on the classic Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup! It’s every bit creamy and flavorful, but, it’s also made low carb with trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. 


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Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

3 carrots, peeled and diced

3 celery stalks, diced

1/2 white or yellow onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups chicken, cooked and diced (rotisserie, leftovers, anything will do!)

2 tsp fresh thyme leaves

1 quart / 4 cups chicken stock

1 bag Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi

1 cup half and half

2 large handfuls of fresh spinach

Parmesan cheese (for topping)


Instructions

1. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large dutch oven or stock pot.
 
2. Add in carrots, celery, and onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add in garlic and cook for 1-2 mores minutes or until fragrant.
 
3. Add cooked chicken, fresh thyme leaves and chicken stock. Season once more with salt and pepper, stir and bring mixture to a strong simmer.
 
4. Add cauliflower gnocchi to stock and cook for 2-3 minutes.
 
5. Add half and half and spinach to soup. Stir well and let cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Taste test for salt and pepper seasoning. Serve right away and top with plenty of parmesan cheese.

Notes

  • Don’t leave the gnocchi simmering longer than needed, it can loose its shape and become a bit gummy. 
  • If you’re in a pinch for certain ingredients like fresh herbs, dried works just as well just add a little less. 
  • Any kind of greens, or no greens at all will work at the end of the recipe.

Keywords: Cozy meals, easy dinners, soup, gnocchi

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4 Comments

  1. Alastair
    August 7, 2020 / 9:17 pm

    This is sooo yummy and easy! Loved it. Definitely will be making again.

    • Elizabeth Van Lierde
      Author
      August 15, 2020 / 12:19 am

      Thanks so much Alastair! It’s definitely one of my favorite healthier weeknight dinners!

    • elizabethvanlierde7698
      Author
      April 1, 2020 / 11:16 am

      Thanks for sharing Chloe! So happy you tried it out 😀

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