Zuppa di Gnocchi e Pesto

24 May

I know we’re past soup season, but this recipe is too tasty to set aside till fall! You know that a soup is good when it’s requested by your husband in advance for future times of sickness! This Italian soup is hearty without being heavy and the roasted onion and garlic adds some amazing flavor. When topped with diced tomatoes, it tastes like bruschetta in soup form! YUM!

PS: Happy Birthday to my mom! 🙂

Zuppa di Gnocchi e Pesto

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 yellow onion, quartered
8 cloves garlic, in skins
1 Tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper
2 cartons chicken broth, 32 oz each
1/2 jar pesto sauce (8 oz jar)
1 package gnocchi, 16 oz
2 whole roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped

Preheat oven to 350F. Place chicken breasts in a roasting pan. Break apart quartered onion and scatter around and on top of chicken breasts. Toss the garlic, skins and all, around the chicken. The garlic will not flavor the chicken at this point. You are merely roasting them and will add them to the broth in a bit. Drizzle olive oil on the chicken. Add some salt and pepper and roast for 35-45 minutes or until the center is white and no longer pink.

Once cooked, allow the chicken to cool so that it can be shredded. Scoop out the roasted onion and garlic to use in the broth. While the chicken is cooling, pour the chicken broth into a food processor or blender along with the onions and roasted garlic (skins removed after roasting of course) and half of the pesto. Pulse until there are no large chunks of garlic left. The roasted garlic will give the soup a velvety feel in your mouth. Definitely don’t skip this step. It’s so worth it!

After shredding the chicken, mix in the rest of the pesto. Stir well and set aside.

In a large pot, bring the broth/garlic/pesto mixture to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook according to the package directions. In soup bowls, place a pile of chicken in the center. Ladle the hot broth over the chicken and garnish with chopped tomatoes. Enjoy!

Source: Slightly adapted from The Coupon Goddess


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