1 T. olive oil in a Dutch oven pan – Grate in 2 cloves of garlic and stir until browned. Add 2 cups of rich chicken broth and 4 cups of water. Add 2 grated carrots and 1 stalk of grated celery. Throw away the strings. Add 1-2 tsps. dry basil or 3-4 T. fresh chopped. Add 1 tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper. (If you are using meatballs (2-3 Cups) add now if chicken add with the gnocchi.) Simmer for 20 minutes.
Stir together 1/2 whipping cream and 2 Cups milk with 6 T. flour. Stir into the simmering soup until thickened. Add 1 package of commercial gnocchi or 1 recipe of fresh gnocchi and 2 C. chicken. Simmer for 5 min. and enjoy! It is good served with a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on it.
Cook 4 medium potatoes about 3 min. each in the microwave until soft. Let sit for 10 minutes and peel by hand. Chop up in a bowl and mash with a hand masher or pastry blender until all the big pieces are broken up (don't whip). (You can also cut up and chop in a food processor) Add ½ C. flour, 1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, ½ tsp. salt, 1 egg…if it is extra large beat up a little and don’t add all. Stir together and turn out on the counter and knead for a minute on a floured board. Don’t overmix. Cut into 4 pieces and roll each piece into a ¾ inch snake on a flour covered board. Cut into ¾ inch pieces and quickly round the edges with your fingers. Bring a pot of water to boil and add the gnocchi one cut-up rope at a time and boil for 2 minutes or until they float. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl until ready to add to the hot soup.
1 lb. ground chicken breast or ground turkey
1/3 C. whipping cream
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. salt
10 good grates of fresh pepper or ¼ tsp.
1 tsp. dry basil or 2 T. chopped fresh
¾ C. bread crumbs (I crush garlic croutons from Costco)
Or ½ C. quick oatmeal
½ C. coarse grated Parmesan cheese
Mush all together and roll into small balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet and broil on high until browned. No need to turn. This is more meatballs than you need for the soup but they freeze well for another use.
For the soup I make the meatballs half this size. I like to make a double recipe and keep some in the freezer for a quick meal.