Since March is already almost half over, I thought it appropriate to post the recipe I would like to use for our April Soup Sisters Web-Cook-Along.

Food.com says this recipe will take about 30 minutes prep and 1 hour for cooking for a total of 90 minutes. I will probably use our slow cooker as suggested in Step 8 of the directions, which will add about another hour to hour and a half of cooking to my time.

I would also like to get feedback as to which weekend works best for everyone (April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 28/29) and time of day (last time was 3:30/12:30/10:30). I know with Daylight Savings Time starting again Hawaii is an additional hour later – I was thinking maybe using 4:00/1:00/10:00 (I know it’s about the same as last time for Hawaii, lol) start times.

http://www.food.com/recipe/chicken-and-gnocchi-soup-351456

What I find nice about this site is that you can increase the number of servings and it will adjust your ingredients list. I have increased my recipe to 8 serving; this recipe doesn’t reference the ingredient amounts in the directions so we’ll be ok (the site warns that it does not adjust the ingredient amounts referenced in the directions).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups celery , chopped fine
  • 1 ½ cups onion , chopped fine
  • 1 cup carrot , grated very fine and chopped
  • 3 teaspoons garlic , minced
  • 2⁄3; cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 8 cups chicken broth or 8 cups fresh chicken stock
  • 3 cups cooked chicken (white meat works best) I will be using a rotisserie chicken.
  • 1 ½ cups fresh spinach , Julienne cut
  • 32 ounces gnocchi (potato dumpling)
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan.
  2. Add onions, celery, carrots, garlic and sauté until soft.
  3. Add flour mixing well, cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add heavy cream, milk and chicken broth mixing well.
  5. Cook and stir until mixture thicken and comes to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and stir in chicken, spinach, gnocchi and remaining seasonings.
  7. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  8. Cook over low heat 8-10 minutes until gnocchi become tender. (you could also place the ingredients in a Crock-Pot and cook on low for 1-1 ½ hours , this really makes the flavors come together.).
  9. Serve with Hot garlic bread sticks and enjoy.

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