10 Minute Pesto Chicken Gnocchi Soup is my lightened-up version of everyone’s favorite Olive Garden soup. This is a lightning-fast meal that uses rotisserie chicken, pesto, gnocchi, fresh spinach, and chicken broth (instead of heavy cream). It’s a lot like my In-A-Hurry Kale Chickpea Soup that’s on the table in 20 minutes.
10 Minute Pesto Chicken Gnocchi Soup
This easy, delish soup has only 5 ingredients! Crazy, right?
Of course, they’re mostly packaged ingredients, but hey, if you’re gonna make fast food at home, you need convenience.
Might as well keep the ingredients relatively healthy, budget-friendly, and super versatile.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe
- packaged gnocchi
- reduced sodium chicken broth
- cooked chicken breast
- pesto (packaged or homemade)
- fresh spinach (could use frozen too!)
Now, I’ve been playing with packaged gnocchi for a few months…dreaming up various combinations, including this pesto and chicken thing.
I’m planning on keeping gnocchi on hand for these last-minute meal moments, but prefer to use whole grains when possible.
So I think I’ll be trying DeLallo Whole Wheat Potato Gnocchi. Whole wheat gnocchi is not as easy to find as the white flour kind.
For today’s recipe, I used this…and I love it, but I need that whole wheat gnocchi all up in my life.
Side note…as I’m uploading this post, my dude just asked me what I was working on.
When I told him, he said “ooh, yeah, that’s a good one!” I love those words, and in that tone. It means I have an undeniable winner!
The neighbor dude really liked it too…that’s 4 thumbs up!
How to make a healthy copycat
Chicken gnocchi soups often use half and half or heavy cream as the soup base.
Nothing wrong with that, but instead of using heavy cream, I made mine with a chicken broth base and added pesto for flavoring and texture.
Side note…vegetable broth would be just as good.
Btw, pesto seems to be available at most grocery stores these days. Of course, I buy Costco’s Kirkland brand, but any pesto will do the job. Great thing is, it has a great shelf life in the fridge and can be used in so many dishes.
Here are the steps to get 10 minute Pesto Chicken Gnocchi Soup on the table
- Add gnocchi and chicken stock to a soup pot
- Boil a few minutes
- Add shredded chicken, pesto, and spinach
- Cool to warm through…and serve!
Here’s a Money-Saving Tip
When you buy a freshly cooked, rotisserie chicken from the store, don’t just bring it home and devour it in one sitting. Instead, remove all the meat (while it’s still warm), eat a couple bites, and plan to repurpose it into meals, preferably with other healthy ingredients surrounding it.
This way, you’ll maximize your dollars and find yourself with a really tasty protein spread across a few meals. It’s healthier this way too!
Here are some of my recipes using store-bought rotisserie chicken:
- Rotisserie Chicken Teriyaki Lettuce Cups are an easy, light way to eat chicken and quinoa.
- Chicken Fajita Tex Mex Salad Bowl can be made with little planning and prep.
- Chicken Teriyaki Fried Brown Rice combines rice, chicken, and store-bought Teriyaki sauce.
Kitchen tools you’ll find helpful for 10 Minute Pesto Chicken Gnocchi Soup
- chef knife and cutting board (only if you need to cut chicken)
- 3.5 quart stainless sauce pot
- soup ladle
Some of my other crazy-fast dinners here on TKG
- My Feel Better Pho is an Asian-inspired, delicious, soup…perfect for cold and flu season.
- Meatless Burrito Bowls are great for lunch or dinner, any day of the week.
- Whip up my Zoodle Quinoa Power Bowl For Busy People, and feel healthy when you do!
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