Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Italian Soup)

By Beth Anderson on September 2, 2016 at 1:45pm

1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced or finely grated carrot
1 TBSP butter
1/4 to 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp thyme
2 14 oz cans chicken broth
1 TBSP parsley
1 quart half and half
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 16 oz package frozen gnocchi, cooked according to package directions; drain & set aside
1/3 cup flour
1/2 stick of butter

Saute onion, celery, and carrot in 1 TBSP butter until crisp tender and set aside. Melt butter, add flour, and stir. Using a wire whisk, gradually add half and half; whisk until smooth. Heat chicken broth and add the butter/flour/half and half mixture, stirring constantly. when it all starts to thicken, add celery, onion, and carrot. Add chicken and spices, plus salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish with parsley or stir some in. (Optional – add frozen spinach)

Served with garlic bread or bread sticks and salad. Enjoy!