Friday, December 11, 2009

Gnocchi Soup

I personally love all things doughy like pasta and bread I could live off well actually I propably do. My mother on the other hand is against this, so for my night to make dinner I went with something we could both enjoy Gnocchi soup or stew.It said to add hot sauce but trust me it doesn't need it. It's rockin and I made it vegatarian but the original recipe asks for chicken so I will put that on the ingredient list and you may do what you wish with it.
Chicken Stew with Potato Dumplings
3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch coins
2 ribs celery, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 medium-size parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch coins
1 large sweet potato (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
4 scallions, trimmed and chopped
1 quart chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 package (1.1 pounds) shelf-stable fully cooked gnocchi (dumplings)
2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup cool water
Hot sauce, to taste

1. Place chicken in a 6-quart slow cooker. Top with carrots, celery, parsnips, sweet potato and scallions. Cover with chicken broth and 1 cup water; season with sage, salt and pepper.

2. Cover slow cooker. Cook on HIGH heat for 4 hours or on LOW heat for 6 hours.

3. After cooking, uncover pot and remove chicken to a cutting board. If necessary, raise temperature to high. Add gnocchi, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, let chicken cool slightly, then shred meat from bones, discarding bones.

4. Once gnocchi have cooked, return chicken to pot. Stir cornstarch-water mixture, and add to pot. Cover and cook 10 to 20 minutes, until thickened slightly. Add hot sauce to taste before serving.

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