Saturday, April 13, 2013

Copy Cat....

Last week I had some potatoes I needed to use. I ended up making Gnocchi and freezing them for dinner later in the week. So, last night for dinner I made a copy cat recipe of the Olive Gardens Chicken and Gnocchi Soup. I found the recipe at Jamie Cook It Up but did a few changes to make it "Tree's Way" :)

Here is the recipe:

Tree's Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

1 medium onion, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and grated
4 stalks celery, chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
1 rotisserie chicken
8 cups chicken broth (I used homemade)
16 ounce Potato Gnocchi (also used homemade)
 4 cups half and half
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 tsp ground thyme
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cups cold water
5 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp butter
salt and pepper 

1. Chops the onion and garlic, peel and grate the carrots and chop the celery. 
6. Pull the skin off of the chicken, and take the meat off of the bones. Shred it with your hands or cut it up and place it to the side.
2. Heat a large pot up over medium high heat. Pour 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil into it.
3. When the oil is hot toss your chopped veggies into the pot. Cook them over medium high heat, stirring occasionally for about 5-8 minutes or until the onions are translucent.   
7. When your veggies are done cooking pour broth.
8. Add the chopped chicken and bring the soup to a boil.
9. Once boiling add the Gnocchi into the pot. Let the soup come to a boil again. The gnocchi will be cooked  through when they float to the top of the broth.
10. Then add the chopped spinach
11. Pour in  half and half, dried thyme, nutmeg, sugar and butter. Stir it around a bit and let it come to a boil.
12. In a small bowl combine the 1/4 C cold water and 5 tablespoons of cornstarch. Mix it well and pour it into the soup pot. (I had to add a little more than 1/4 cup water, as it was a big clump)
13. Bring the soup to a boil, while you stir. It will thicken as the soup reaches a boil.
14. Taste it and season it to your liking with salt and pepper. 
And here is the finished product :)

I had some left over sour dough bread from the night before and I also added some Romano cheese, turned out pretty damn good and got 2 thumbs up from the hubby.

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