Monday, February 23, 2015

5:2 Low-cal Chicken Gnocchi Soup (206 calories)

After trying this delicious Creamy Cauliflower Sauce (which ends up tasting like Alfredo),  I was curious to see if I could use something similar to replace heavy cream in some of our favorite recipes. My first attempt was with this Olive Garden copycat Chicken & Gnocchi Soup. The broth was a little diferent than the origional, but delicious either way!

Low-cal Chicken Gnocchi Soup (206 calories)

(For those of you counting calories, I've added the amount for each ingredient so you can easily make tweaks without having to re-calculate everything. Anything marked with an asterisk* will vary a lot based on what you buy, so make sure to compare your label.)

1/2 Tbsp. butter (60)
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced (10)
1/2 cup carrot, minced or grated (26)
1 Tbsp. minced garlic (0)
1 Tbsp. flour (28)
6 cups water (0)
4 tsp./cubes bouillon (20)
8 oz. cooked, chopped chicken (272)
1/2 tsp. ground thyme (2)
1/4 tsp. black pepper (1)
2 cups cauliflower florets (50)
3 Tbsp. skim milk (15)
3 cups fresh baby spinach, stems removed & cut in half (21)
8 oz. gnocchi (320*)

1) In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat, then add the celery, carrots, and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes to soften, stirring occasionally.

2) Stir in the flour until well blended, then add 4 cups of water and 3 tsp. (or cubes) of bouillon. Add the chicken, thyme, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.

3) While the soup is simmering - In a small pot, add the additional 2 cups of water and 1 tsp. of bouillon. Bring to a boil, then add the cauliflower florets. Cover and boil for 10 minutes.

4) Pour the cauliflower (and broth) into a blender, add the milk, and blend until smooth.

5) Add the blended cauliflower, spinach, and gnocchi to the large pot and simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes. While it simmers, skim off the foam for a cleaner broth (optional). Serves 4.

Calories - 206 for 1/4

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