I will be sharing with you today, a chicken gnocchi slow cooker soup that you are going to love!
Let’s get real here for a minute. The every day mom is no French trained chef that can whip up a crazy recipe with fancy ingredients. And even if you are a professionally trained mom chef, finding time to make delicious dinners that everyone will eat is tough.
Much like you, I search Pinterest for an awesome item to bring to the barbeque next week. Or a new dinner idea for Tuesday night.
There are thousands upon hundreds of thousands of recipes you can get on the internet today. It’s amazing! And serious kudos given to all the people cooking out there with their marjoram and celery seed- because I have no idea what you use those for…
My point here being, a ton of the recipes I come across call for a lot of ingredients that the average mama like myself does not tend to have on hand. And I find myself asking- what the heck is that?! Cumin, tarragon, turmeric. I feel like cooking has it’s own language.
I like to keep things simple.
Simple is easy. Easy makes me happy. Being a mom is a hard enough job as it is, you don’t need to complicate more than it already is.
I like ingredients that I can understand. Things like onion, garlic, salt… I get those things.
My goal is to create simple and delicious dinner options.
I don’t use many ingredients. I don’t have fancy equipment, just my trusty slow cooker and other basics items.
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Chicken Gnocchi and Spinach Slow Cooker Soup
Ingredients you will need:
(Or you could opt to get a rotisserie chicken for added simplicity) This way you don’t have worry about cooking the chicken and the added flavor from the rotisserie is perfect for this soup.
Fresh baby spinach or frozen spinach both work just as well. Frozen veggies are always much easier because you can worry less about them going bad. Unless you plan on making the soup the day or two after you buy the ingredients, frozen would be an ideal option for you, the busy mom.
Campbell’s condensed cream of chicken soup
I usually will use one family size can (22.6oz). This may vary for you depending on how much soup you want to make. But one can of this, plus the water and milk you add gives me enough liquid in my 5 Qt. slow cooker.
When using one can of the family size soup, I use two packages of gnocchi (17oz each).
Prepare the chicken
If you decided to put your Top Chef hat on and get raw chicken, here is my favorite way to prepare it. Super easy and fail proof. Get boneless, skinless chicken breasts. For the sake of this recipe, the chicken weight is just over 1.3lbs.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Place the raw chicken in a cooking dish, I use a glass one.
- Sprinkle a little salt on top. If you have some other seasoning you like, have at it. Like I said I don’t get crazy with fancy seasonings. McCormick makes my life SO easy. This is one of my favorite kinds to use here.
- Cover the chicken with a piece of parchment paper. This is the tip worth it’s weight in gold for cooking skinless chicken and not drying it out. The parchment paper acts as the skin in a sense and keeps the chicken moist.
- Once the oven is preheated, cook the chicken for approximately 45 minutes (cooking time may vary slightly). Ensure the center is no longer pink.
While the Chicken is Cooking
You can start preparing the rest of the soup. I start by turning my slow cooker onto high. And by the way, if you are not already using slow cooker liners– you are wasting a lot of time! Cleaning slow cookers can be a pain, but if you use a liner, your clean up is non-existent.
- Add the can of condensed cream of chicken soup.
- Fill the can half with water and half with milk. The more milk, the creamier the soup will be.
- Add spinach
- Cover and wait for the chicken to finish cooking.
Add Chicken & Stir
Once the chicken has fully cooked, cut it up into pieces. Then add it into your slow cooker. Stir all the ingredients together.
After about 20-30 minutes, when the soup becomes hot, turn the setting down to low.
This soup will be ready as soon as the gnocchi are soft. Usually this takes only about an hour. But it depends on the gnocchi.
You can add onion or garlic to taste. And I recently just added shredded cheese into it as well- super delicious!
This chicken gnocchi and spinach slow cooker soup has become a go-to dinner. It’s simple, but so tasty! Let me know what you think. Enjoy!
Let me know what you think of this! Enjoy!