Sorry guys no pictures with this one, it was Halloween night that I made it and it was between getting decorations going, make up…. you get the picture! It all started when I wanted to make a roast, but alas my roast had seen better days and we had to toss it, oops!
I knew I wanted to make something in the crockpot and then I remembered I had some Gnocchi in the pantry! I had bought it to throw in some soup but hadn’t used it yet. So I started digging and found 2 cans of white chicken meat I had bought for something else. So soup it was!
Normally when I have made soup in the past I have used chicken stock, but I had none on hand, so I made do with ….. soup! I used noodles and gnocchi, but you could use dumplings if you want. I actually had just bought some and thought about using them. I like to make things from scratch but sometimes you need those fast meals so I bought some frozen ones to try.
You can throw in some veggies, carrots, peas, celery. I didn’t have anything on hand, but I would have thrown in some frozen peas at least if I did.
So here is my easy, throw together Chicken Soup. Enjoy!
Easy Chicken Soup
1 pkg Reams Homestyle Egg Noodles
1 pkg Gnocchi
2 cans white chicken meat
2 cans cream of chicken
5 cups water
1-2 Tbsp chicken soup base – I like L B Jamison’s
Put the water, cream of chicken, soup base and chicken meat into the crockpot, let it cook on low for 2-4 hours, really it’s up to you. Add whatever seasoning you want to it, I added a bay leaf. About 20 – 30 min before you are ready to eat turn it to high and then add the noodles and gnocchi. Let cook on high until everything is soft.
Just saw this on one of my favorite food blogs beginning of the week and knew I had to make it this weekend! I love crockpot recipes. I of course tweaked this one a bit and I will be making it again.
The recipe calls for 4-6 chicken breasts, well I only had 3 and I thought it would be enough. I really didn’t want to make Mike run to the store for more. It was good with the 3 but I am going to use more for sure next time and it will be REALLY good. The picture above is with extra “sauce” on it, the kids and I didn’t add the extra sauce to ours and it was still really flavorful. I couldn’t believe how good the chicken itself was.
Also, you could use white rice instead of orzo pasta but I didn’t think I had enough rice on hand so I opted for the orzo. I have put the recipe below for the orzo as I didn’t just use water.