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Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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Get ready to cozy up with a bowl of pure comfort – our Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup! In just a few simple steps we’ve crafted a hearty and delicious soup that combines tender chunks of chicken, pillowy gnocchi, and flavorful herbs.

This soul warming dish is the perfect blend of convenience and homemade goodness. Join us in the kitchen as we dive into the world of Instant Pot magic and savor every spoonful of this comforting creamy chicken gnocchi soup!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Creamy and Comforting: This easy soup has a rich, heart-warming blend of chicken and gnocchi.
  • One-Pot Wonder: Utilizing the Instant Pot makes prep and cleanup incredibly easy.
  • Versatile Meal: Perfect for a family dinner, or a delicious lunch time meal.
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Recipe Ingredients

  • Olive Oil: Used for sautéing, it adds a rich, fruity note and helps bring out the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Medium Onion, Diced: Adds a sweet, slightly sharp flavor that complements the chicken.
  • Garlic Cloves, Minced: Gives the soup a warm, savory depth of flavor.
  • Veggies (diced carrots and peas): Add color and texture to the soup.
  • Dried Mixed Herbs: Enhance the overall aroma and flavor profile of the soup.
  • Chicken Breast, Cubed: The main protein source that makes the soup hearty and filling.
  • Reduced Salt Chicken Broth (Or Chicken Stock): Adds a savory richness and forms the liquid base of the soup.
  • Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper: Essential seasonings that enhance the overall flavor of the soup.
  • Spinach Gnocchi: Adds a unique, doughy texture and the spinach brings earthiness to the soup.
  • Corn Flour: Used as a thickening agent to give the soup a more substantial consistency.
  • Heavy Cream: Gives the soup a creamy, luxurious texture and balances the flavors.
  • Fresh Spinach Leaves: Chopped spinach adds a fresh, slightly bitter contrast to the rich, creamy soup.
  • Grated Parmesan, Chopped Basil: Served as toppings, they add a salty kick and a fresh herbal note to the soup.
Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup ingredients

How To Make Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup?

Step 1: Turn On Sauté Setting

Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode. Add the olive oil, onions, and minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute.

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Step 2: Sauté Vegetables

Add the vegetables, and dried herbs. Sauté for 1 minute.

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Step 3: Add Chicken, Broth and Seasonings

Add the chicken cubes, chicken broth, salt and black pepper. Mix well.

Step 4: Pressure Cook Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Cancel the sauté settings. Close the lid of the Instant Pot and turn the valve to the seal position. Pressure cook your Olive Garden Soup on high pressure for 6 minutes.

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Step 5: Natural Release Pressure

Once the pot has finished pressure cooking naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes, then quickly release the rest of the pressure manually.

Step 6: Turn On Saute

Turn on the sauté mode again. Add the gnocchi and cook until the gnocchi floats, about 2 minutes.

Step 7: Mix Cornflour And Cream

In a small bowl mix the corn flour and the heavy cream. The mixture will be lumpy. Add the corn flour mixture into the Instant Pot and Saute for 1 minute.

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Step 8: Add Fresh Spinach

Add the fresh basil and sauté for 1 more minute before turning off the Instant Pot.

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Step 9: Garnish and Serve

Serve your chicken gnocchi soup immediately garnished with fresh grated parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil.

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Cooking Tips

  • Quality Ingredients: Use fresh vegetables and a good quality chicken broth for a flavorsome soup. Here is our homemade chicken broth recipe.
  • Gnocchi Cooking: Add gnocchi towards the end to prevent it from becoming too soft.
  • Cream Addition: Adding cream at the end helps prevent curdling, ensuring a smooth and creamy consistency.
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Variations

  • Cauliflower Gnocchi Chicken Soup: Use cauliflower gnocchi, tender chicken and herbs like thyme and rosemary for an aromatic touch.
  • Pancetta Chicken Gnocchi Soup: Use pancetta or bacon for a unique flavor profile.
  • Creamy Veggie Chicken Gnocchi Soup: Add lots of fresh vegetables along with the gnocchi and creamy broth for a balanced dish.

Substitutions

  • Cream: Use milk, half and half, evaporated milk, light cream or coconut milk.
  • Cornstarch: Substitute with flour. Mix with milk to create a slurry.
  • Garlic: Use garlic powder, dried garlic, or onion powder.
  • Chicken: Swap chicken breasts with cubed boneless skinless chicken thighs.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Storage: Let the soup cool a bit before putting it in an airtight container. You can store the leftover soup in the refrigerator for about 3-5 days.

Freeze: You can freeze chicken gnocchi soup for 2-3 months.

Reheating: You can reheat the leftovers on the stovetop or in the microwave. If you’re reheating from the fridge, the soup may have thickened due to the starch from the gnocchi, so you might need to add a little water or broth to thin it out.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Crusty Bread or Dinner Rolls: These are perfect for dipping into the soup and soaking up all its flavors.
  • Roasted Vegetables: A side of roasted vegetables like brussels sprouts, carrots, or asparagus can add a nice contrast in texture and flavor.
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich: This is a classic comfort food pairing. A crisp, grilled cheese sandwich complements the creamy soup wonderfully.
  • Garlic Bread: Cheesy garlic bread would provide a deliciously savory accompaniment to the soup.
  • Parmesan Crisps: Parmesan crisps are a fun and flavorful alternative to croutons that can add a bit of crunch to your meal.

FAQ’S

What Type Of Chicken Is Best For Chicken Gnocchi Soup?

Boneless skinless chicken breasts or shredded rotisserie chicken are excellent choices.

Can I Use Frozen Gnocchi In This Recipe?

Yes, frozen gnocchi can be used directly in the recipe without thawing.

Is This Recipe Similar To Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup?

Yes, this is an Olive Garden copycat recipe, mimicking their popular soup.

Can I Make This Recipe With Raw Chicken Breasts?

Absolutely, raw chicken breasts can be pressure cooked directly in the Instant Pot.

Can I Use Shredded Chicken In This Soup Recipe?

Yes, shredded chicken, including shredded rotisserie chicken, can be used in this recipe.

Is There A Pasta E Fagioli Version Of This Soup?

This specific recipe is for Chicken Gnocchi Soup, but you can use similar ingredients and methods for a pasta e fagioli soup.

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Whip up a heartwarming bowl of Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup -a go to meal which is easy to cook and packed with flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion, Diced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Cup Veggies (diced carrots and peas)
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Mixed Herbs
  • 1 Lb Chicken Breast, Cubed
  • 3 Cups Reduced Salt Chicken Broth (Or Chicken Stock)
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 16 oz Packet Spinach Gnocchi
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Flour
  • ½ Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • Grated Parmesan, Chopped Basil

Instructions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode. Add the olive oil, onions, and minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  2. Add the vegetables, and dried herbs. Sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add the chicken cubes, chicken broth, salt and black pepper. Mix well.
  4. Cancel the sauté settings. Close the lid of the Instant Pot and turn the valve to the seal position. Pressure cook your Olive Garden Soup on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  5. Once the pot has finished pressure cooking naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes, then quickly release the rest of the pressure manually.
  6. Turn on the sauté mode again. Add the gnocchi and cook until the gnocchi floats, about 2 minutes.
  7. In a small bowl mix the corn flour and the heavy cream. The mixture will be lumpy. Add the corn flour mixture into the Instant Pot and Saute for 1 minute.
  8. Add the fresh basil and sauté for 1 more minute before turning off the Instant Pot.
  9. Serve your chicken gnocchi soup immediately garnished with fresh grated parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil.

Notes

  1. Quality Ingredients: Use fresh vegetables and a good quality chicken broth for a flavorsome soup.
  2. Gnocchi Cooking: Add gnocchi towards the end to prevent it from becoming too soft.
  3. Cream Addition: Add cream at the end and avoid boiling the soup afterwards to keep it smooth and creamy.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 485Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 85882mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 43g

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