This is my version of a famous restaurant soup I love. If your not as big a fan of spinach as I you could cut it in half but it needs some for flavor. I simply serve mine with some warm bread and make a meal but you could use it as a first course to your meal if your entertaining. It's so........ good ! All I can say is " try it you'll like it!"
Simmer for 45 minutes in a large pan ;
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 cups water
2 Tbls. instant chicken broth
In the meantime in a medium pan add;
1 stick butter
2 stalks finely chopped celery
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 + 1/2 tsp. finely minced garlic
Cook on low heat until vegetables are soft stirring often.
1 cup chopped fresh spinach and cook till wilted.
1/3 cup flour
Cook stirring for about 3 minutes until flour is blended with butter.
2 cups milk
Cook on low heat stirring constantly until it bubbles and thickens .
1 Tbls. dry minced onion
1 pinch of italian seasonings
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
Set this aside .
Remove chicken from broth and set aside to cool.
Mix the remaining broth from the chicken(around 4 cups)
and thickened vegetables together in the pan.
1 16 oz. pkg. gnocchi ( potato dumplings )
cooked chicken breasts, (cubed)
Cook the soup for about 10 minutes on low heat until
gnocchi are tender stirring often.
Thin with some water if necessary and serve.
Serves 4 to 6 people