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creamy chicken gnocchi pesto soup in a white bowl topped with a dollop of green pesto and shredded parmesan cheese
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Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Pesto Soup

A creamy alfredo based chicken soup this version features chunks of chopped rotisserie chicken, soft pillow-y gnocchi dumplings, and an extra flavor boost from fresh green pesto sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 623kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz jar alfredo sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 16 oz pkg potato gnocchi
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach coarsely chopped
  • 4 tsp basil pesto sauce

Instructions

  • To a large pot add the sauce, broth, water, chicken, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Stir everything together to combine, and season the mixture with salt & pepper, to taste.
  • Turn the heat on to medium high, and bring the mixture to a boil- stirring occasionally.
  • Add the gnocchi and spinach to the pot, stirring to combine.
  • Turn the heat down to medium low, and let the soup simmer until the gnocchi are cooked- about 5-8 minutes.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and top each one with a teaspoon of pesto just before serving.

Notes

  • Use your favorite alfredo sauce for ultimate flavor.
  • Feeding a crowd? Feel free to double or even triple this recipe.
  • Either frozen or dry gnocchi will work in this soup. You can find the frozen kind near the frozen ravioli and the dry gnocchi in the pasta aisle.
  • Don't overcook your gnocchi. You'll know it's done as soon as the gnocchi floats.
  • Looking to really up the flavor? Use all chicken broth instead of mixing the chicken broth with water. 
  • Want a little spice? A pinch of red pepper will do the trick!
  • As written this soup makes a small batch, perfect for supper- the recipe easily doubles or triples though to feed a larger crowd.

Nutrition

Calories: 623kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 1795mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2220IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 5mg