This creamy Tuscan chicken gnocchi soup recipe has all your favorite Italian-inspired flavors in a cozy and warming soup! The pillowy gnocchi is hard to resist.
Try my Chicken Gnocchi Soup next for another restaurant-quality soup.
Why you'll love it
Since I know you guys can't get enough of my Creamy Tuscan Chicken, I decided to get a little creative and channel those irresistible flavors into a comforting soup. You're welcome. But seriously, I even impressed myself with the results here!
You get all the classic Tuscan-inspired flavors of sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and basil paired with gnocchi and chicken in a creamy broth. It's basically everything you could want in a single soup recipe, and it only takes 40 minutes to make.
Ingredients for it
- Olive oil and butter - for sautéing
- Onion, celery, and garlic - our tasty base for starting this soup off right. I like using sweet (Vidalia) onions, and this garlic press makes mincing it easy since you don't need to peel the cloves.
- Sun-dried tomatoes - I use the kind packed in oil and drain it
- Italian seasoning - it comes in a single convenient jar, and it has dried herbs like rosemary and thyme
- Chicken broth and water - for the liquid of the broth
- Chicken - use rotisserie or leftover chicken to save time
- Gnocchi - we're using the shelf-stable kind found in the pasta aisle
- Heavy cream - for that luxurious aspect of the broth
- Spinach and basil - classic fresh ingredients to get that signature Tuscan flavor
- This isn't a super thick soup, but the gnocchi does release starch as it cooks, which helps to thicken the broth to a nice consistency.
How to make Tuscan chicken gnocchi soup
This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, sauté the oil, butter, onion, and celery, stirring occasionally until softened. Add in the garlic, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and Italian seasoning.
Stir in the chicken broth, water, chicken, and gnocchi, and bring to a boil and simmer. Add the cream and spinach, and cook until it wilts. Season with salt & pepper and enjoy.
Substitutions and variations
- You could try subbing the cream for half-and-half, but I do recommend using heavy cream if possible. It'll taste richer and make the broth luxurious.
- I know not everyone is a fan of sun-dried tomatoes, so you could leave them out if you prefer, or chop a couple of small tomatoes and use those instead for a pop of freshness and color.
Leftovers and storage
- Store this soup in the fridge for 3-4 days, but definitely keep in mind that the gnocchi will continue to release starch over time, making the broth thicker.
- Reheat in a saucepan over a low heat, giving it the occasional stir, until it's warmed through. Add in a splash of broth or cream to thin it out if desired.
- I don't recommend freezing this one. The texture of the gnocchi will change, and creamy soups normally don't freeze well.
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Creamy Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 sticks celery chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes see note
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups cooked chicken I used rotisserie
- 1 pound uncooked potato gnocchi
- 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 2-3 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
- 1/2 cup (loosely packed) fresh basil torn/sliced
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Add the oil, butter, onion, and celery to a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and Italian seasoning to the pot and cook for about a minute.
- Stir in the chicken broth, water, chicken, and gnocchi. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the cream and spinach. Cook for a few more minutes until the spinach wilts. Add in the basil, season with salt & pepper as needed, and serve.
- I drain the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes and loosely pack them in the measuring cup. If they're not already chopped, it's a good idea to chop them into small pieces.
- The longer you cook/leave the soup to sit, the more it'll thicken up as the gnocchi releases its starch.
- Serves 4-6 depending on portion size/what else you serve it with.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.