Happy Halloween everybody!! Are you guys doing anything fun? We thought about taking Charlotte trick-or-treating, but considering that she can’t consistently say anything longer than 2 syllables and the fact that we would never give her (much) of the candy she collected, we decided against it. Call us scrooges.

I’m recuperating from a cleaning binge. I haven’t cleaned my house since July. I’m not kidding. It was pretty bad. Eric’s a clean guy for the most part, meaning that he will take care of dishes and clutter and even clean the toilet when I ask him too, but more subtle things like mopping the floor or dusting tend to get left behind. One friend came over a few weeks ago and as she walked in the door she told me it smelled really nice. That was when I had to confess that the sink full of dishes had started to smell, so on my way back to the couch I lit a candle to cover it up. You do what you gotta do when you’re pregnant, man.

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Check it out. Not only am I cleaning, I even made dinner. It is definitely soup weather around here, as it will be for about the next 8 months because we live in Utah. But I’m not complaining, at least not about the soup part. Oh, and soup+gnocchi? Could life get any better than that? Not unless you add Reesy Rolls.

P.S. If anyone is in need of a fun last minute Halloween dessert idea, check out Dracula’s Dentures. Super easy and super awesome.

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Serves 4-6

Note: This soup is thick. If you want it thinner, add more water or broth. Also, gnocchi is usually found in the pasta aisle, as I found after asking 4 different grocery store employees.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups fat free half-and-half (or regular is fine)
1 cup lowfat milk
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
16 ounce package gnocchi
1-2 cups cooked, shredded or diced chicken breasts
1 cup fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

In a 4- or 5-quart pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot and rippling. Add the chopped onion, carrots and thyme. Cook until the onion is translucent and carrots are slightly tender, stirring often, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant.

Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking or stirring constantly, until the flour is lightly golden, 1-2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the half-and-half. Whisk in the milk and chicken broth. Add salt. Stir while bringing the mixture to a boil over medium to medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until the mixture is slightly thickened, 5-7 minutes.

Stir in the uncooked gnocchi and simmer over medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. The soup should thicken up quite a bit while the gnocchi is cooking. Stir in the chicken and spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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  1. Fall is soup time in our house and we loved this soup!! We all had seconds -of course! Mateo said I should do it more often. Allan said “Hmmm, goood. Hmmm, gooooood. You gotta Pin this recipe! Y que se repita!”
    I did add a whole lot more chicken broth and spinach. I think next time I’ll also add mushrooms, not because it needs it but just to experiment (with the hope of getting my kids to eat them).

  2. I am in LOVE with this soup!! I made it for dinner one night, and we finished the WHOLE pot. Seriously- greatest soup ever. Like, I can’t stop thinking about it. I added some celery and mushrooms to the mix, and substituted regular ol’ potatoes for the gnocchi (because I was too lazy to go out and buy some), and oh, it was SO GOOD. Also, I can’t stop perusing your blog and I’m getting so distracted from studying for my exams!!!! Problem!!! And, I always get ridiculously hungry to boot :)
    Thanks for sharing the awesome!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it Becky! And glad to hear I’m not the only one who likes soup in the summer :) Thanks for commenting! Great to hear from you :)

  3. what? i can’t believe you didn’t take her out for halloween, it’s the cutest thing in the world to watch your toddler walk up to someone’s door and stick out their little pumpkin with no real idea of what’s going on. you deprived yourself of adorableness!

    the soup, mrs. scrooge, does sound excellent, however :)

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