Sunday, May 1, 2011

Gnocchi Turkey Meatball Soup

My husband and I simply love to eat out at Olive Garden, we will go to enjoy the all you can eat soup, salad & bread sticks. My favorite soup has always been the Zuppa Tuscana, we have made our own version of this and posted it on our blog 11-9-2008. Even though I simply love this soup my new go to favorite is their new Chicken Gnocchi Soup. My husband and I played with this recipe and made a few changes to create our version of this delicious soup.

Turkey Meatballs:

1 Lbs. - Ground Turkey
1 C. - Honey Flavored Panko Crumbs
1 Tbs. - Minced Garlic
1 - Egg
2 Tbs. - Half & Half
1 1/2 Tbs. - Olive Oil
2 Tbs. - Parsley
1/4 C. - Parmesan Cheese
1/4 Tsp. - Cayenne Pepper
1/2 Tsp. - Johnny's Turkey Seasoning
Salt & Pepper

Mix all ingredients together and form into about a walnut sized, maybe little smaller meatballs. Pan fried on all sides just until brown, and then bake the meatballs in the oven at 350 degrees for another 20 minutes to finish cooking.

Soup Base:

4 C. - Chicken Broth
2 C. - Half & Half
1 Tsp. - Celery Salt
1 Tbs. - Chopped Garlic
1/2 C. - Shredded Carrot
1/2 C. - Diced Onion
1 Tbs. - Olive Oil
1 Tsp. - Herbs De Provance
16 oz. - Package Potato gnocchi
1 C. - Frozen Defrosted Spinach
1/2 Tbs. - Johnny's Garlic Seasoning
Salt, Pepper & Cayenne to taste

Sauté the onion, carrot, and garlic in olive oil until tender and translucent. In a soup pot, add the broth, half & half, sauté veggies, and all seasonings. Heat to a rolling boil then add the gnocchi and gently boil for 4 minutes. Turn the heat down to a simmer and add the spinach and cooked meatballs simmer for an additional 5 minutes. If the soup is not the consistency you like, simply thicken with a corn starch slurry.

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The Japanese Redneck said...

I haven't seen the honey flavored panko.

Looks delicious. It is suppose to be 46 degrees in MS tomorrow. That's crazy weather for us. I was in a tank top yesterday.

Will probably make me fix a post of soup or chili.

teresa said...

what a delicious soup, i love the meatballs!

The Country Cook said...

When I saw the title of this recipe, I wondered if it was like the Olive Garden one. Then I started reading your post and I was like, YES! This recipe sounds like a winner!

Anonymous said...

Sounds very yummy with meatballs and gnocchi!

Elisabeth said...

This is truly a delicious and comforting soup. Love the little turkey meatballs, and the spices.

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grace said...

people who put down the olive garden are simply too hoity-toity for their own good--it's tasty stuff! i like the components of your meatballs--the honeyed panko crumbs sound marvelous!

Leslie said...

Mm.I love the all you can eat soup and salad! Love your soup

Biz said...

You know I am a soup whore - love this one! Although I've never seen honey flavored panko bread crumbs?

I have some leftover gnocchi dough - I'll have to put this on the list of things to make.

Happy Friday!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

My favorite part of Olive Garden are those addicting garlic bread sticks. This soups sound delicious!

Anonymous said...

We've made this multiple times now... so, so, so good. I would make it just for the smells alone.

Van said...

Awesome recipe Mary Beth! The whole family loved it.

I did modify the recipe somewhat as when I did my google search I was looking for a recipe for stew with similar ingredients. What I did was eliminate the Celery salt and Turkey seasoning and add 3 diced celery stalks, 1 Bell Pepper, 1 yellow bell Pepper, 1 1/2 cup diced carrot, 1 bunch fresh spinach. Everything else was the same.

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