This light, brothy soup is warm and comforting but not heavy. It is loaded with veggies, shredded herb chicken, warm spices and homemade gnocchi.
I fully intended on waking up to the rain.
In fact, I went to bed the night before day dreaming about waking up, making myself some tea and breaking out the soup pan. While the rain gently tapped at the window, this glorious soup would fill each pocket of the chilly, damp house and warm it from the inside out.
Instead, I woke up to a spotty day, clouds coming and going, and after what would be considered a cool week, I chose the hottest day so far this September to make soup. Yes, a humid, moggy eighty degrees. A fine day for soup wouldn’t you agree?
I was so disappointed the weather wasn’t cooperating, feeling my rainy day dreams were completely washed away if you will, that I was ready to scrap this meal entirely.
A wise woman once said that soup is best the next day. Mimi suggests making it early in the morning and letting it brew throughout the day, or making it that evening and letting it sit overnight. I like the thought of that, because tomorrow is supposed to be cool and rainy.
I have my sweater picked out for the morning, my tea jar restocked and this beautiful soup waiting.
So, my plans were not foiled, they were just delayed. As it turns out, this is a very good thing, as it is conducive to the flavoring of this meal.
To make things a little different, I made gnocchi because in my opinion, every soup needs a little starch.
I baked up some chicken legs and mom prepared biscuits to accompany the meal.
The recurring flavor theme in this dish is sage and thyme.
The garden flourished this year with herbs, making up for the lack of vegetables. Sadly, I did not use the herbs as often as I would have liked, but I made up for that with this dish.
This meal is not one of those quick and easy dishes; it’s a made-for-cold-winter-days kind of recipe. Perfect for when you’re homebound or rained in. So the next time you are in the mood to cook and need to escape, throwing yourself into a recipe, make this gnocchi and chicken soup.Print
Gnocchi and Chicken Soup
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
Potato Sage Gnocchi:
- 4 potatoes, boiled, peeled and grated
- 3 leaves of fresh sage, chopped and two whole leaves
- 2 cloves garlic, grated
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup flour, plus more
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 6 chicken legs
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme, finely chopped
- 3–4 leaves sage, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
- 2 cloves garlic, grated
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/2 cup peas
- 3–4 white button mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 4 cups water
- 1 teaspoonVegeta seasoning
Potato Sage Gnocchi:
- In a small bowl mix together chopped sage, grated garlic, oregano, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl, combine the herb mixture to grated potatoes, 1 egg, flour and cheese. Fold until a soft dough forms. Turn over onto a well floured surface. Shape into a ball and divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each of those pieces gently into a rope, and divide evenly into walnut-sized pillows.
- Here’s a tutorial for shaping the gnocchi with a fork if you don’t have a gnocchi board.
- In a small pot, bring water to a boil and salt. Add the prepared gnocchi. Once the gnocchi floats to the top, about 4-5 minutes, gently remove and transfer to a dish.
- In the meantime, heat a frying pan with butter and a drizzle of olive oil. Add two leaves of sage. Saute the gnocchi until golden.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small bowl blend thyme, sage, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Rub all over the chicken and under the skin. Place in a baking dish and drizzle with addition olive oil. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until juices run clear.
- In a soup pot, heat oil and garlic. Once the garlic turns a golden, add chopped vegetables and sweat them out until the onions are clear and the vegetables have softened.
- Add Vegeta seasoning and 4 cups of water. Bring to a low simmer.
- Shred 3-4 chicken legs and add to the soup, or add as much or as little chicken as you like. Use the reserved chicken for meals throughout the week.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and top with gnocchi. Serve alongside homemade biscuits or muffins.
Linda @ With A Blast says
What an excellent recipe, Catherine ! I have never thought of a gnocchi – soup combination!
David @ CookingChat says
This would really hit the spot as the weather cools here!
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
This is such a fun way to use gnocchi! I can’t wait to try it 🙂
allie @ Through Her Looking Glass says
Dear Tammy, this soup looks heavenly, especially with the gnocchi. We often wait a day to eat our soups too, helps the flavors meld… I’ve never made gnocchi, so glad for a good recipe! It’s pouring here today and now I have Gnocchi and Chicken soup on the brain…XO
Comedy Plus says
I always visit here when I’m hungry. I would love this for lunch or dinner.
Have a fabulous day Tammy. Hope all is well with your mom. ♥♥♥
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
Perfect comfort food! Once the weather turns, I could eat soup every day. This looks so delicious!
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It is rather cool here today and this soup looks warm and delicious on a cool fall day.
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I needed my down jacket this morning already…this soup looks so warming and satisfying!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
Gnocchi is my fave- this looks so comforting!
Jessica Jarrell says
I’ve been meaning to try and make gnocchi, but I still haven’t. This is providing me with some much needed inspiration! Looks delicious! 🙂
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says
Holy Moly this looks incredible. I love days when I make dishes that take all day. Cook a bit, wait a bit, knit a bit, work a bit and then cook some more. I’m going to make your beautiful soup and spend a fun day with myself. 🙂
Jerry E. Beuterbaugh says
I would love to try some good gnocchi someday.
I love gnocchi but I’ve never tried them this way!!
In should give it a go.
Big Daddy Dave says
Tammy, This is one beautiful bowl of comfort! Love the addition of gnocchi…a nice variation for sure. Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave
Dottie Sauchelli-Balin says
You were correct the other day was very warm, sticky, and humid. But today is the day that is perfect for this…I had gotten chicken and all the ingredients to make chicken soup as well this weekend and now that I see yours, I might just do that instead of my boring chicken soup. Love all the great veggies and with all of your herbs it must be fantastic. A perfect day to enjoy a dinner filled with love and nice to be cozy. Besides your kitchen must have smelled so good. I love when you can smell the chicken soup cooking and the windows fog on a cool crisp day. Looks awesome…thanks for sharing this wonderful comfort soup with us.
Have a good weekend and be safe and warm…
peter @feedyoursoultoo says
I love the gnocchi added to this soup!
christine hadden says
Oh I love gnocchi! I can’t believe I’ve never put it in soup before. This sounds fabulous and I suspect my family will be eating a lot of gnocchi filled soups this winter! Thanks!
heather gallagher says
I love this – it’s total comfort food and not the same old chicken noodle! It’s a must make for me!
I could definitely eat a large bowl of this right now! YUM!
Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!
Jessica (Savory Experiments) says
Gnocchi is my hands down favorite pasta!
Yum! That soup looks delicious. I am on a total soup kick these days… I’m definitely pinning this one!
That is delicious gnocchi with chicken great for this time of year. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.
Katherines Corner says
oh my sweet friend you know how to make my tummy happy! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop . Watch for your feature tomorrow xo
This is going into my recipe box…Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop
I absolutely have to try making Gnocchi! THanks for such a beautiful recipe! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!
Gorgeous recipe and I bet it tastes fabulous. I’ve never had gnocchi, but this recipes makes me want to give it a try!
Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes says
I love making soup when it is cold and blustery out! I totally know what you mean!
Ramona W says
Soup is a staple in our home during the cooler months of the year. I love how hearty it is here with the addition of gnocchi. I also love the crispy coating you got on your gnocchi… that makes it so much yummier. 🙂