Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

Dying to make this soup for years: this rainy fall day proved to be the perfect time! I brought it over to my cousins house to enjoy for dessert and little Audrey couldn’t get enough of it. She kept wanting more bowls and when we cut her off she kept saying I wish I could have more!!!  Thanks Cinnamon and Spice! 

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced ( didnt use celery I hate it)
4 cloves garlic, minced
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth
1 + 1/2 cups half & half
2 cups cooked white meat chicken, shredded or cut into small bites
1 pound potato gnocchi ( Found this at target)
3 cups fresh baby spinach, stems removed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil ( I didnt use this)
fresh grated Parmesan and/or Romano, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven heat the butter and oil together over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender over medium-low heat about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Sprinkle the flour into the pot and stir into the vegetables, cook 3 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the chicken broth 1 cup at a time, followed by the half & half.
  3. Add the cooked chicken. Bring up to a simmer and maintain for 20 minutes stirring often. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cook the gnocchi separately according to package directions. Add them to the soup along with the spinach. Simmer until spinach is wilted. Stir in basil. Serve with grated cheese.

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