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Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Better than take out Creamy Chicken Gnocchi soup is easily made at home with pantry staples
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian, Western
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 243kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 onion peeled and chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • 3 ½ cups (828ml) chicken broth
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme or 2 sprigs fresh
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 pound (450g) gnocchi fresh
  • 2 cups (60g) spinach chopped
  • cup (158ml) half and half or more, to taste
  • cup (30g) parmesan cheese


  • Set the Instant Pot on the sauté setting and heat olive oil and melt the butter.
  • Add the chopped bacon and cook until cooked till done.
  • Mix in the onion, carrots and celery and sauté until the onion is softened.
  • Add in the garlic, Italian seasoning, thyme and rosemary sprig and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Place the chicken breasts in and pour in the stock, scraping to make sure nothing is stuck on.
  • Close the lid, seal the valve, set to Pressure Cook (or Manual based on the model of your Instant Pot) and set on high pressure for 12 minutes.
  • Once done, perform a quick pressure release (QPR), open the lid, and transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Shred the chicken using two forks.
  • Set the Instant Pot on the sauté setting again. Add shredded chicken back in, followed by the spinach and gnocchi, stirring to incorporate. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese and cook for 1 more minute.


Recipe Tips

  • Make sure you cut the carrots a bit larger than you want so that they hold their shape after cooking under pressure.

Delicious Variations

  • Add some chipotle or red pepper flakes for a little heat.

Budget Friendly Notes

  • Use chicken thighs – Use boneless skinless chicken thighs for an even more affordable option.
  • Use the greens you have – use the green you have to hand, kale for example works just as well.
  • Bulk it with veggies – You could add in a few more veggies and a little more broth to bulk it out.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 5 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3389IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 3mg