2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 12, Gnocchi Soup

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Luke 1:68 – “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.

Ingredients

This is a family favorite and it is so very filling. You can make this with cooked chicken, carnitas or ground beef. 

  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart half-and-half or whole milk
  • 28 ounces chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup carrots finely shredded
  • 1 cup spinach leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound cooked hamburger
  • 16 ounces package ready-to-use gnocchi
  1. Melt the butter into the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until the onion becomes translucent.
  2. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Whisk in the half-and-half or the whole milk. Simmer until thickened.
  4. Whisk in the chicken broth. Simmer until thickened again.
  5. Stir in the thyme, parsley, carrots, spinach, beef, and gnocchi.
  6. Stir in salt and pepper.
  7. Simmer until the soup is heated through. Before serving, season with additional salt, if necessary.
  8. Serve with bread and salad. 

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