Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

My favourite soup at the Olive Garden is easy to make at home.  It is a meal in a bowl that everyone loves at first taste.

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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
  1. (1/2 stick) butter
  2. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1 cup finely diced onion
  4. 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 1 quart half-and-half
  8. 2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth
  9. Salt
  10. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  11. 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  12. 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  13. 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh spinach leaves
  14. 1 cup diced  rotisserie chicken
  15. 1 (16-ounce/500g) package gnocchi
  1. 1. Melt the butter into the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion becomes translucent. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute. Whisk in the half-and-half.
  2. 2. Simmer until thickened. Whisk in the chicken broth. Simmer until thickened again. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, the thyme, parsley, nutmeg (if using), carrots, spinach, chicken, and gnocchi.
  3. 3. Simmer until the soup is heated through.

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