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Chicken & Gnocchi Soup(:

There’s so much I want to say, I don’t even know where to start!  The title of this post explains most of what I did tonight! I made Chicken & Gnocchi soup!
A few months ago, my friends & I went to Olive Garden for lunch on Sunday afternoon, & we did the soup & salad deal. Not knowing what “gnocchi” was, I went ahead & ordered it anyways. The waitress asked what I wanted, & I said “The chicken & ganochee soup, please”. She looked at me & said “you mean nochi” (obviously, neither of those “examples” are the way you spell it, but I want you to know how to say it before you keep on reading).  Then, I went on to say “Yeah, what you said!” She was very polite, & was patient with my learning new ingredients. I read the menu while I waited, & it explain what gnocchi was. They’re little dumplings, that have potatoes, cheese, flour, egg, & various other ingredients in them. You can use them in different Italian dishes. Then I thought to myself “well, they must be good if there’s potatoes AND cheese in them!” So we waited, then after a few minutes… there is was. There was what I was waiting for, for my whole life. What made my life complete. Chicken & Gnocchi soup. I took my spoon, dipped it in the bowl, brought it to my mouth, then tasted. And that moment… that one moment…. was perfect. The world disappeared for that one moment. The way the thyme, parsley, & nutmeg burst in my mouth is indescribable. Anyways… my my my… don’t you just love those moments you get so caught up in reminiscing, you forget you’re writing on a blog?… yeah, I didn’t think so. 😉
So, getting to the part where I decided to make chicken & gnocchi soup. Me & my mom were out the other day, & we drove by Olive Garden. I jokingly said “Ooo! mom, lets go to Olive Garden!!!” She immediately said no… yes, I was sad. But then I got the idea… since chicken & gnocchi soup was what I wanted, I thought maybe I should make it. Because I knew you could find “copy-cat” recipes on the internet, I knew I’d make it! 🙂 My mom & I went into Trader Joe’s to pick up some stuff we needed, & as we were walking, something caught my eye. It was a pack of gnocchi! I freaked out! “MOM! MOM! MOM!!!! GNOCCHI!! CAN I GET IT?!?! PLEASE!?!” (Yes, I did sound like a little girl who wanted to buy a new stuffed animal, or a piece of candy… & I’m not very proud of that…) She said yes, just to shut me up. I was the happiest girl in the world!
Okay, so I guess it’s time to tell you how I made it. I started with veggies (the same way you do with every soup). I sauted onions, & celery with some butter & EVOO. Then I added flour & made a “roux” I think they called it. & I probably shouldn’t say this, but I will anyways… I have no idea what I roux is. I just put the flour in with the veggies & hoped for the best! 🙂 Then I put in a quart of half & half. I let that thicken up, as I cooked the chicken & gnocchi. The chicken wasn’t very hard. Just threw it in the magic pot & microwaved for about 10 minutes. The gnocchi went in a pot of boiling water for about 3 minutes (another thing I love about it! Takes like 2 seconds!! :D)  Then, I added 14 ounces of vegetable broth (should have been chicken, but it doesn’t matter), & let it thicken up. Then, came the chicken, gnocchi, parsley, & thyme! 🙂 Annnnd thennn!!!!…. it was done!!!!!!! 😀 & I ate it! & it was good! 🙂
So, that’s my story about soup! And I’m sorry, I can’t explain to you how it tasted… you must make it yourself! It’s so easy, & delicious! It’s so worth it!

Bon Appetite! 🙂