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.
So we have been waiting for the weekend to make this dish. I have been thinking about it all week because not only did it sound good but it has dumplings in it! I have only made dumplings once and the kids loved them. Thing I wasn’t looking forward to? Handling raw chicken. I have issues with it, I am sure Mike could tell you some stories about how I act around raw poultry. What is worse is when it has the bone in it.
But I pulled on my big girl pants and made this not only because I wanted it but because my family really wanted it! One thing I noticed is we have had chicken and peas twice this week now, but I heard no complaints. In the original recipe they used a dutch oven, but since I don’t have one I decided to use a pan on the stove for some of it and the crock pot for rest. I love my crock pot!