How much do I love my slow cooker? Quite a bit but I haven't been making great use of it until recently. It does all the work while I am absent from the kitchen. This was made last week prior to Hurricane Hermine's visit.
I posted about that HERE.
This is a rich soup and one that we enjoyed prior to dinner. Next time I make it I will be changing out the broth (vegetable instead of chicken) and leaving the chicken out completely. More veggies instead.
The only bummer is cleaning out the crock once you are done. But, I have found a way to make it easy. Did you know a dryer sheet soaked in the hot soapy water will scrub this out as if it's Teflon? It's true. Once you have that crock in hot water let a dryer sheet sit in there for a few minutes. It's wipes the baked on food out fairly well.
Chicken Gnocchi Soup made in a slow cooker
1 pound of skinless chicken breasts (I used leftover roasted chicken)
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
A few sticks of celery, chopped
4 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
Basil, thyme, oregano and whatever you like, per your taste
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch (mix in with a small amount of water so it doesn’t clump)
1 16-ounce package of potato gnocchi
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
A handful of fresh spinach
salt and pepper
Place the chicken, onion, carrots, celery, stock and herbs in the crockpot and cook on low for six hours (or high for four).
Shred the chicken in the pot, then stir in the milk, cornstarch mixed with water and gnocchi.
While that is stewing again, heat a bit of oil in a frying pan and saute the garlic. Add the spinach to the pan and cook until wilted (a couple of minutes). Add the spinach and garlic to the crock-pot. Salt and pepper liberally.
I will be joining Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday series. the link up for this week may be found HERE. I'm also sharing this with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.
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