Recipe courtesy of pinchofyum.com.
- 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups mirepoix (mixture of chopped onions, celery, and carrots)
- 1-2 tsp dried basil
- 1-2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbsp water
- 2 12oz. cans evaporated milk
- 2 1lb. packages mini potato gnocchi (about 4 cups)
- 6 slices bacon
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- fresh baby spinach
Place chicken, mirepoix, basil, Italian and poultry seasonings, salt and broth in crockpot or slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hrs. or low for 6-8 hrs. Shred the chicken directly in the crockpot. Add the cornstarch mixture, evaporated milk and gnocchi. Stir and cover.
Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry until crispy. Drain and wipe most of grease out of the pan, leaving a little bit for the spinach/garlic. Add garlic and sauté for one minute. Add the spinach and stir until wilted. Remove from heat. Add bacon and spinach to the crockpot and stir. Add any additional liquid as needed and season again with salt and pepper as desired.
I have very important advice regarding this recipe: do not eat this soup if you plan to accomplish anything afterwards. It is so delicious, hearty, and filling that you will immediately need a nap following the feeding. Because this soup is so creamy and heavy, a little goes a long way and this recipe makes an abundance of servings. I had to abort my crockpot in lieu of a larger one to prevent a big overflowing mess.
Another thing about this recipe: I think the smell was even better than the taste. Maybe it was the anticipation, knowing within 4-8 hours, a delicious soup would be ready to eat after little to no work put into it. That’s the magic of crockpots for ya! The smell of the chicken and seasonings cooking wafted throughout the house and the crockpot took on a gravitational pull to our noses throughout the day, as I’d lift the lid off probably twice an hour just to inhale. I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as my taste-testers and I did—good luck and enjoy!