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Gnocchi Chicken Minestrone Recipe

Gnocchi Chicken Minestrone Recipe

The inspiration for this recipe comes from my Italian heritage—my mom was a wonderful soup maker. Using frozen gnocchi saves time and adds extra heartiness to this chunky soup. —Barbara Estabrook, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1-1/4 pounds chicken tenderloins, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 each small green, sweet red and yellow peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped prosciutto or deli ham
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3/4 cup canned white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 package (16 ounces) potato gnocchi
  • 1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced


  • 1. Sprinkle chicken with oregano, salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven, saute chicken in 1 tablespoon oil until no longer pink. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • 2. In the same pan, cook the peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and onion in remaining oil until tender. Add prosciutto and garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the broth, tomatoes, beans, peas, tomato paste and chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 3. Meanwhile, cook gnocchi according to package directions. Drain; stir into soup. Garnish each serving with cheese and basil. Yield: 8 servings (2-3/4 quarts).
Editor's Note: Look for potato gnocchi in the pasta or frozen foods section.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 324 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 1163mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 27g protein.

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luann8190 User ID: 6756458 243319
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016

"Delicious! My son said this was a keeper."

Kathyjordan User ID: 6897948 237583
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"Good soup and enough to share with college kids."

JenniSchulzDC User ID: 7735283 215571
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"Had steak on hand and followed rest of the recipe as directed...fabulous!"

best of home cooks User ID: 5361390 190549
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014

"Very tasty and hearty soup and freezes well."

dordwlr User ID: 3937012 122435
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"Can you freeze this soup with the gnocchi in it?"

tonienj69 User ID: 1272820 174252
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"Great soup!....loved it"

shelli1542 User ID: 1525176 111708
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"We liked it but didn't love it. All the veges included are a real plus."

love2beMom User ID: 5558560 109464
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"Very yummy soup! :) I omitted the zucchini, mushrooms and ham to better suit our tastes. We will definitely be trying this again!"

tica13 User ID: 6526119 192219
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

"I've tried several Minnestrone recipes and this was by far the best. A new favorite soup recipe for my family! Even my husband loved it, and he usually won't eat soup!"

alzingone User ID: 5785132 147255
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2012

"I thought this minestrone soup was even better as leftovers!"

10sChick User ID: 4943196 174250
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"Blah, blah, blah. I can't believe I just wasted all those wonderful ingredients to end up with this pile of bland broth and soggy veggies. I hope the dog likes it."

amcpike User ID: 6483247 178851
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"Loved this recipe. Will be making it my go to favorite for any season!"

Maricor User ID: 5764429 178850
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"i would skip the gnocchi or just replace it with cubed potatoe. Taste and flavour is excellent."

LindaKoisti User ID: 6455772 109462
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"One of the best soups I had ever made. I couldn't find gnocchi so I used frozen egg noodles. I will keep this recipe and make it again."

LegalSec User ID: 548619 178843
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012 Edited Mar. 20, 2015

"Didn't care for this soup. Too much going on."

medina7015 User ID: 5831072 174249
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"My whole family loved this!"

newmomjc User ID: 6445280 189578
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"I love it....minus the mushrooms I am not a mushroom person but I tried it with them and it was wonderful!!!"

samanthar78 User ID: 5949628 109461
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"I used less chicken and left out the peppers, peas, beans and prosciutto, due to family taste. I added cauliflower, and left the veggies in bigger chunks, more rustic. I also added a extra can of chicken broth and used the whole can of tomato paste. I did have to keep adding spices as it tasted bland and a bit of sugar to cut down on the sourness. Topped with Romano cheese and it was delicious."

ahmom User ID: 3426126 120211
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"we didn't like it"

juls1116 User ID: 5769191 174241
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"I made this soup exactly as the recipe stated and my family loved it! The fresh basil on top was really a yummy addition. New favorite soup!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 129875
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"Very flavorful soup! I left out the zucchini and peas due to family preferences but it was still wonderful."

nancyd728 User ID: 4517161 192216
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"I modified this recipe to use in the slow cooker - undercooked the chicken just a bit and set on high for 2 hours then low for 4 more. This was awesome! Boiled and added the gnocchi at the end and it was perfect! Definitely will make this again!!"

jordie89 User ID: 1323364 109460
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"this is very good! I even forgot some of the ingredients while shopping for it and it still turned out very well! (no ham, mushrooms, zucchini or peas!) I skipped the paste on purpose because I thought it was tomato-ey enough without it. I made my gnocchi homemade as well. I'm making this soup for the second time tonight, it's very good! :)"

mwidowski User ID: 5321085 192206
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"This is an excellent recipe. I normally have to add in extras to spice things up, but this was just perfect the way it was. It's a very satisfying & hearty soup. My whole family enjoyed, including my son who hates most of the veggies that are in this (especially mushrooms), he had 2 bowls. I will definately be making this again."

lindsyanderson User ID: 5106610 120210
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"So delicious."

debbie3sons User ID: 5273683 129873
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"This recipe was amazing didn't change a thing. Made the gnocchi myself from the homemade gnocchi recipe on this site. Even my 3 boys 8 and under loved it. Thank you!!!"

daisey5 User ID: 146806 190519
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"I used already baked chicken. I think next time I will only use half the bag of gnocchi. I loved this soup."

Italy04 User ID: 5166579 120209
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"Loved this soup. I have several minestrone recipes and this one is my favorite so far. Given, with the additions it's not 'traditional' minestrone, but they make it unique and extra yummy. I will make this again and again."

chefmarleny User ID: 1960760 192205
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"[quote user="ohtoobeetall"] I'd love to try this recipe, but I've never seen gnocchi in the store. Any tips on where to find it?

Sorry, I didn't know how to reply on here but just wanted to say that found Gnocchi in the pasta isle of my local supermarket. It was right next to the pasta. Hope you find it!"

chefmarleny User ID: 1960760 109446
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"This was oh so delicious!! It's a keeper. But next time I will only use half of the pack of Gnocchi and I added more salt too. Everyone loved it!"

ohtoobeetall User ID: 1040162 129868
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"I'd love to try this recipe, but I've never seen gnocchi in the store. Any tips on where to find it?"

snackcake User ID: 4580851 122434
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"liked chicken stock with tomato paste with the itialan seasonings,did add some thyme cause i like it in soup,did not put gnocchi in cause i just thought it would make it to heavy and i did add some different veggie cause i didn't have zucchini-added cauliflower,broccoli, and carrots, but just like 1/2 cup of each and it was very tasty!:)"

kvandes User ID: 5211117 111703
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"This soup was so good I wouldn't mind having it every week in the Winter. I omitted the chicken and ham to make it less heavy and it turned out great!"

bridgettevh User ID: 3319826 192204
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"Very good"

mrsjenb User ID: 3366624 129866
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"Excellent soup. My husband is a meat and potatoes man, and I didn't think he would like this soup. To my surprise, he loved it and said it was very tasty."

Zinderella58 User ID: 4319199 192203
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"This is my husband's favorite new soup. I used less chicken (about 1/2 pound), and used bell peppers finely chopped instead of sweet peppers as I had those on hand. When serving left overs, I added another can of broth and it was still good."

s.ghrist93 User ID: 2809974 211812
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"this dish was delicious, will make it often"

jdoepel User ID: 1893886 191731
Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"My family LOVES this soup. Especially my son. He has been requesting it on our hottest days. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It's anothr winner from the Taste of Home family."

mirack62 User ID: 4951154 191730
Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"My husband said this one is a keeper. Totally tender and the sauce puts it over the top."

annalisa_harmon User ID: 4521665 111700
Reviewed May. 12, 2010

"This is so good! :)"

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