This soup is perfect for dreary winter days. I would have said “cold winter days” but this has been a mild winter to say the least. No snow-all rain, fog and mist which is very strange for central Kentucky. We’re usually blanketed in a foot of snow by this time of year but all we’ve received is a light dusting weeks ago. There is an old saying around these parts that couldn’t ring more true: “if you don’t like the weather in Kentucky, stick around another day”. One day it’s 20 degrees, the next it’s in the upper 60’s.
If you suffer from seasonal mood disorder this is your worst nightmare.
So last night the hubby decided to fan the flame and make one of his signature dishes – chicken and gnocchi soup. With its generous portion of meaty chicken, pillowy gnocchi, hearty spinach and comforting broth it was a hit not only with me – but our four year old as well! She even had a second serving! Since it is national soup month, we’re going to try and make a homemade soup once a week for dinner.
Here’s what you do: (as with any recipe I always try to use organic products):
- Cut up 1 or 2 chicken breasts into small cubes; sear in olive oil, oregano, 1 bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste until cooked.
- Drain; add 4 cans chicken broth or stock (I prefer half broth half stock). Bring to a rolling boil, add a pinch of minced garlic and reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add finely julienned carrots; cook for 15 minutes.
- Add 1/3 c heavy cream.
- Add gnocchi then let simmer another 4 minutes (we used store bought parmesan gnocchi).
- Add 1 cup of chopped spinach (or as much as you want).
- Garnish with oregano and parsley and enjoy! (HINT: I love red pepper flake, so I added a pinch in mine).
1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Selah, my friends.