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.