Gnocchi soup is so hearty and filling on a chilly winter evening, and I was super pleased with this recipe!
This gnocchi soup recipe is actually sort of a veganized version of this copy cat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe. Sort of. OK, actually, I changed it a whole lot to make it vegan, fit my tastes, and use what I had on hand.
Here's what happened: I bought a bulk pack of ready-to-cook gnocchi at Costco, and in my haste to fit things into the pantry, I ditched the cardboard sleeve. You know, the one with cooking instructions on it. D'oh! While googling how to cook ready-to-cook gnocchi, I came across the recipe above and thought a gnocchi soup sounded perfect for the chilly weather we were dealing with.
Important note: not all ready-to-cook gnocchi is vegan. Check the ingredients for eggs and Parmesan cheese, and you should be good.
Dave and I aren't into very thick soups most of the time, so I lightened this recipe up quite a bit. The original gnocchi soup recipe called for making a roux and using heavy cream. My version is brothier, but if you like a thicker soup substitute soy creamer for the soy milk and roux it up! See the recipe linked above, which incorporates a roux.
Gnocchi Soup with Beans and Greens
- 2 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil, vegan butter, or olive oil
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 4 cups chopped collard greens (bite-sized pieces, y'all)
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 cups soy or almond milk
- 3 1/2 cups no-chicken broth or vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
- 1 15 ounce can great northern beans
- 1 16 ounce package ready-to-cook gnocchi
- Melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat in your soup pot, and saute the carrots, collards, and garlic until the collards turn bright green but are still pretty tough-looking - 3-5 minutes.
- Add the non-dairy milk, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes more.
- Add everything else, bring to a boil, and simmer again, keeping a close eye on the pot and stirring frequently. When most of the gnocchi is floating at the top of the pot, your soup is ready!