Thursday, February 9, 2017

Enjoy the Beauty of the Northwoods with a Bowl of Soup

Despite the frigid temperature in AM -17 yikes!! it warmed up some during the day. Early evening I was quite awestruck with nature's beauty as the moon rose over the house and lake.  

A good night to warm up with a bowl of Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Cook's notes: It's packed with flavor and creamy goodness in every bite. Advance prep is a must for this recipe and using a rotisserie chicken is a real time saver. The recipe serves 6.  
  • 1 TB. olive oil
  • 1 cup each diced onions, carrots and celery
  • 1/2 cup diced red peppers
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp, each dried rosemary, thyme and parsley flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 48 0z. chicken broth, low sodium
  • 2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 3/4 lb. mini potato gnocchi (freezer section)  
  • 2-1/2 TB. butter
  • 3 TB. flour
  • 1/3 cup cream 
  • Optional 2 TB. dry white wine 
  • In a soup pot heat oil. Add in onions, carrots, celery, peppers and garlic. Sprinkle spices over the veggie mixture. Saute 2 minutes. Sweat veggies by covering and simmering on low for 10 minutes.
  • Remove cover, add both, chicken and bay leaves. Bring to a boil simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.  Add in gnocchi and simmer 5 minutes more. 
  • While broth is simmering melt butter in a small fry pan on a medium heat. Add in flour and cook 1 minute. Whisk in cream and wine cook until thickened. Add to chicken broth and add in torn spinach leaves.  Cook 5 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.  Remove bay leaves before serving.    


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1 comment:

  1. Those photos are stunning in their natural night-time elegance. What camera did you end up purchasing?

    Soup sounds good, too. But I've never heard of "sweating" vegetables. I learned something new today.