In the kitchen: Skinny Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Skinny Chicken Gnocchi Soup will whisper to you – even in the summer - it’s that delish.


Behold – soup.

The lede for this post is just begging for a mention of how it will keep you warm during the second polar vortex or whatever that we’re poised to enter today, or maybe we’re already in, or whatever…

But I won’t do it.

Instead, I’m just straight-up giving you the gift of the Nee-OH-kee,’ as we call it around here. It has its own shrine, and only one (totally weird) member of this household scoffs at the armadillo-shaped potato pasta that floats within its creamy but not fat-laden base, which also plays host to spinach, shredded carrot, onion and celery.

Requested by my daughter after a trip to Olive Garden about eight years ago, my Skin-nay version of Chicken Gnocchi Soup is a serious fave around here. I particularly like to make it in the three day window before a fall marathon and have a Mama-bear-sized bowl. ;)

Let me know what you think when you try it, and it’s all the more fun if you can locate the tri-colored gnocchi in your pasta aisle. Tip: I always seem to find the gnocchi near the pesto sauces on my local groceries’ shelves. The whole-wheat version is more difficult to find for me, locally.

There’s even sweet potato gnocchi, which I’ve never tried but about which I’m very curious. (You can also make your own, which is on my bucket list but I have yet to attempt it.)

Enjoy…and stay warm!

Skinny Chicken Gnocchi Soup


4 TBSP butter

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 1/2 cups 1% milk

1 TBSP chicken (bullion) granules

1/4 cup very finely chopped onion

1/2 cup shredded carrot

2 cups baby spinach, stems removed

2 medium celery stalks, finely chopped

1 16-oz package whole-wheat or regular potato gnocchi


Melt butter in a Dutch oven or large soup pot over medium-low heat.

Cut raw chicken into chunks and add to pot, stirring until chicken is cooked through.

Add minced garlic and sauté, about two minutes.

Add flour, stir until it coats chicken. (Note: if you’d like a slightly larger batch, use 1/3 cup flour, then add additional milk as needed)

Gradually add milk, stirring frequently.

Stir in onion, shredded carrot and celery.

Increase heat to medium, stir in chicken granules. Stir frequently.

Add gnocchi pasta and cook approx. 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in baby spinach.

Remove from heat, let stand five minutes. Adjust thickness with additional milk if needed (soup will thicken after it’s removed from heat).

Serves 4-6.



  1. Gnocchi is by far my favorite Italian meal; however, I have only had it served as a pasta, never in a soup. You are giving me new ideas.

  2. Sheryle Braaten says:

    That looks amazing. I am going to have to try that!

  3. That’s great! I’d like to see how you do this recipe gf. Try it; let me know!

  4. Hi, Sheryle, it’s pretty fast, too! Often, I will bake 6-8 chicken breasts to have on hand and if you do that you can make this soup in under 20 minutes from when you walk into the kitchen. Stay warm today, my dear!

  5. Mae Miller says:

    ive got try this! im in a rut and im getting tired of cooking the same stuff over and over again

  6. Lisa Collins says:

    YUM!!! If this is half as good as the Greek pizza my family will love you! Thanks for the inspiration in the kitchen.

  7. You crazy thing, Lisa. Do it! You COULD even get a big box of baby spinach and combine with PIZZA NIGHT! (Yelled randomly) ;)

  8. Mae – hear you! We will get out of it. I’ve been in a similar spot bu I have some cool things coming up to share. Can’t wait. Have a great day!

  9. Gnocchi is on my list of things to try! I came across a recipe for beets gnocchi and I really want to try it. Now this soup looks so good and comforting I will need to try!

  10. Adding to my list of things to make this winter …

  11. Okay, I am a big fan of creamy soups that don’t kill me with mounds of saturated fat. This nee-OH-kee soup is right up my alley!

  12. Gnocchi is not something I”ve eaten often, but it’s something that sure it delicious! This looks lovely :)

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