Copycat Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

Copycat Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Lightened up Olive Garden version

Copycat Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

Olive Garden’s new favorite soup lightened up

 Have you ever made gnocchi?

Last night was my first time….

It was pretty easy to make using Todd Wilbur’s recipe from  his “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3″ cookbook for the Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup recipe he had duplicated.  Using my can of potato pearls I have in my food storage and combining with boiling water, egg yolk, flour and a pinch of nutmeg I had the perfect flavor of gnocchi for the soup. Just like Todd’s. 

I did change things up a bit when I was creating each little bud.  They are pretty labor intense!

How I simplified:

  1.  I found if I rolled a chunk out like a snake to form about a 1/2 inch roll.
  2. Then I cut off exactly 1/2 teaspoon by filling my spoon and pinching it off.
  3. Rolling into a ball and then flattening each piece. 
  4. They all ended up pretty uniform using this method.

Making them small assures they will cook through when boiled in the broth.  Place them on a flour lined piece of waxed paper. 

They would probably freeze really well for a later use. Did not give it a try but is on my list of things to do. I will keep you posted on freezing gnocchi. Copycat Chicken & Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden Recipe lightened up

Making the rest of the Copycat Chicken & Gnocchi Soup was pretty easy to manage. I substituted  a rotisserie chicken the recipe called for because I did not have any. So I defrosted a couple of chicken breasts and cut into bites sized pieces and sauteed in a hot pan until they were done seasoning with a steak seasoning.  They had a lot of flavor when I was finished. 

I followed the recipe pretty consistent but added a bit more vegetables. Just because I used 1/2 onion, 1 carrot peeled and 2 sticks of celery. These made a whole lot more diced that 1/4 cup of each.  I liked the change to have more veggies in the Copycat Chicken & Gnocchi Soup. 

The other thing I did was use Almond Milk instead of 1/2 and 1/2.  I am lactose intolerant but really like the taste of creamy milk soups.  This way it has the creaminess without the heavy cream. It appears to be lighter and did not thicken like cream would. But really Who Cares? It is tasty and less calories by deleting the cream plus I don’t end up with a gut ache.

Make it an Italian/ American night by serving Copycat Chicken & Gnocchi Soup and my Classic Cheeseburger Soup.  Both soups are sure to be a huge hit!

 

 

Easy Gnocchi
Serves 60
Easy homemade gnocchi using food storage freeze dried potatoes.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
8 calories
2 g
3 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
8 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
8g
Servings
60
Amount Per Serving
Calories 8
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 3mg
1%
Sodium 0mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
0%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup potato pearl
  2. Pinch of nutmeg
  3. 1 cup boiling water
  4. 1 egg yolk
  5. 2/3 cup flour
Instructions
  1. Mix the potatoes with the nutmeg. Heat the water in a medium sized bowl in the microwave for 5 minutes until it boils.
  2. Stir together. Add the egg yolk and stir until creamy yellow.
  3. Add flour and knead together with your hands for about a minute or until the texture is similar to playdough.
  4. Take a section of the dough and roll out into a 1/2 inch thick snake. With a 1/2 tsp spoon pinch
  5. off filling the spoon. Roll into a smooth ball. Place on flour lined waxed paper. Press lightly each ball and let set until finished with dough repeating each step.
Notes
  1. Make a double batch and freeze some for a browned butter gnocchi recipe later.
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calories
8
fat
0g
protein
0g
carbs
2g
more
Adapted from Todd Wilbur of Top Secret Recipes
Pantry Friendly Cooking http://pantryfriendlycooking.com/
Copycat Chicken & Gnocchi Soup
Serves 8
delicious copycat soup from the Olive Garden lightened up.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
1674 calories
322 g
18 g
11 g
64 g
2 g
765 g
341 g
12 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
765g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1674
Calories from Fat 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 18mg
6%
Sodium 341mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 322g
107%
Dietary Fiber 14g
57%
Sugars 12g
Protein 64g
Vitamin A
28%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
21%
Iron
36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 60 pre-made gnocchi
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1/2 carrot shredded with peeler
  4. 1/2 onion, chopped
  5. 2 celery sticks, chopped
  6. 2 minced garlic cloves
  7. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  8. 4 cups chicken broth
  9. 4 cups water
  10. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  11. 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  12. 2 chicken breasts, sauteed and cut into bite sized pieces
  13. 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
Instructions
  1. Make gnocchi prior to creating the soup.
  2. Heat the oil in a large dutch oven or pot.
  3. Add vegetables and cook until done.
  4. Combine chicken stock and cornstarch in a separate bowl.
  5. Add to the vegetables.
  6. Add the water.
  7. Bring to a boil and add gnocchi. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Add the almond milk and simmer again for 10-15 minutes until it slightly thickens.
  9. Add cooked chicken and spinach and simmer again for another 10 minutes or until spinach is tender.
Notes
  1. To make a thicker version of the soup use 1/2 and 1/2 for the almond milk.
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calories
1674
fat
11g
protein
64g
carbs
322g
more
Adapted from Todd Wilbur Top Secret Recipes
Pantry Friendly Cooking http://pantryfriendlycooking.com/

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Author:LeAnn

LeAnn teaches cooking classes throughout the Salt Lake City area. Recently featured in Taste of Home Magazine, runner up in the Cache Valley Cheese Signature dish contest and Winner of Better Recipes Best Blogger Potluck Recipe. Created customed recipes for Hi Grade Meats to use in their promotions, She has been a frequent guest on Good Things Utah, featured chef on Studio 5, the CW 30 and at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Show. She recently auditioned for the Fox 13 show Master Chef. She hopes her passion and love of cooking will inspire you to cook from your pantry and create your own cuisine traditions. Her cookbook "Pantry Friendly Mexican Cooking is available at Amazon.com. She is currently working on a 2nd book titled Pantry-Friendly Anti-Aging Cooking and a video series called Cook Away Hunger.

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