This post has been sponsored by College Inn®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This delicious Italian Gnocchi soup is packed with harvest vegetables, College Inn® Simple Starter Savory Chicken Sauce, sausage, and of course, homemade gnocchi! It takes under 30 minutes to make and is sure to be loved by anyone and everyone.
Right around this time of year, I always start making at least a few different soups a week. Not only is a good soup incredibly warming, it actually seems to fill me up quicker than other dishes and the leftovers can be frozen for another time.
I’ve been wanting to post about this Italian Gnocchi Soup for a while, and I was thrilled to partner with and use College Inn® Simple Starter Savory Chicken Sauce for this post. I got it at Shaw’s, which is the most convenient for me since it’s literally right down the street from my house.
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This recipe is perfect for anyone who a) doesn’t have a ton of time, especially on the weeknights or b) doesn’t consider themselves a huge cook. A simple soup is always a great place to start, and this one is straightforward, made in under 30 minutes, and tasty!
The recipe at the bottom is for 4 people, but you can easily double or triple it to make it for a group or to have extras for your freezer.
Why Italian Gnocchi Soup?
Gnocchi is my favorite pasta—I wholeheartedly believe it can go in any dish. I grew up eating all kinds of Italian soup but for this dish, I wanted to try something a bit more hearty and well-suited for winter.
Not only are gnocchi perfect for the cold season (they’re like little warming fluffs) but they work really well with this simple wine and chicken sauce.
To make this dish truly Italian, I had to turn it into a sausage gnocchi soup by adding a few links of fresh sausage. You could also switch this out and make chicken gnocchi soup by adding chicken bits instead of sausage.
What is Gnocchi?
Gnocchi are a super popular Italian pasta that taste out of this world!
Well technically, gnocchi aren’t pasta but are actually a potato dumpling. Gnocchi are definitely some of the fluffiest dumplings I’ve ever tried!
Gnocchi are fully made from potato, flour, and eggs. They’re perfect for any soup because they absorb the flavors super quickly.
The actual sauce for this soup is super easy to make. I de-glazed the pan after sautéeing the vegetables with white wine, then added College Inn® Simple Starter Savory Chicken Sauce. That’s all there is to it!
College Inn® Simple Starter Savory Chicken Sauce is on the thicker side, which is perfect for this rustic sausage gnocchi soup. The flavors are especially yummy—Delicious is in the Details!
I find that College Inn® Simple Starter Savory Chicken Sauce is varied enough to work as the main base for this soup without needing to add any seasonings. It’s perfect for any one-pot meal! You can simple start with perfectly seasoned sauce, add veggies and protein, and let it simmer before enjoying a quick and delicious meal.
I do add a small splash of heavy cream at the very end (right into the individual bowl when serving), but this isn’t at all necessary. It makes the sauce slightly thicker and (of course) creamier, so it all comes down to personal preference.
I’ve tried this soup a few different ways, but I really love it the most with butternut squash as the main vegetable. The sweetness of the squash perfectly complements the more savory aspects of the College Inn® Simple Starter Savory Chicken Sauce, and the dish is perfectly balanced.
I also used one onion, four cloves of garlic, and spinach. If you prefer kale, you can easily swap the spinach out, but I find that most guests like spinach, so that’s generally what I go with.
Because this is a simple gnocchi soup with relatively few vegetables, I like to use quite a bit of butternut squash and spinach.
I used a mild Italian sausage, but this is just my own preference—any type of sausage that you prefer will work perfectly.
For this dish, I cooked the sausage, chopped it into pretty small pieces, sautéed it again, and then added it to the soup and let it simmer.
You can also make this dish without the sausage for those who aren’t a fan. I was easily able to pick it out for anyone who didn’t want that extra meat flavor.
If you don’t love sausage gnocchi soup but do want chunks of meat, I suggest switching it up and making chicken gnocchi soup. The process is virtually the same, but you’ll want to use chicken breasts instead.
I did not make my own gnocchi for this (so that this supposedly simple recipe wouldn’t take hours and hours), but I did buy freshly packaged gnocchi from Shaw’s instead of frozen. Shaw’s has really awesome fresh gnocchi that come out super soft and taste homemade.
These specific ones come slightly sticky, so I roll them in a bit of flour before popping them in a pan of boiling water. They’re so fresh that they only take about 2 minutes to cook!
Boiling these gnocchi while you’re finishing up the soup works best, and you want the gnocchi to be as fresh and warm as possible. I do run cold water over them to stop the gnocchi from overcooking after straining, but then I throw them in the soup for a few seconds before serving to warm them back up again.
Freezing This Soup
A good Italian soup can always be frozen and enjoyed later! This sausage gnocchi soup is no exception.
You won’t need to do anything different before freezing this soup, except don’t add the heavy cream. If you do prefer this dish with heavy cream, then plan to use it after the soup is thawed and heated up.
Where to Find the Ingredients
I shopped for all of these ingredients at Shaw’s because I love the mobile app and save a lot with coupons. The College Inn® Simple Starter Savory Chicken Sauce is easily found in the broth & stock aisle, while most of the other ingredients are either at the deli (for the sausage) or in the fresh produce section.
Fresh produce is always better, even for this soup! I bought easy bagged spinach and pre-chopped butternut squash. It really can’t get more simple!