It’s Paleo Soups & Stew’s birthday this week! To celebrate, I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes from the book; one I feel is so quintessentially Fall, and the epitome of hearty-warm-you-to-the-core soup: Harvest Chicken Soup with Sweet Potato Gnocchi.
HARVEST CHICKEN SOUP WITH SWEET POTATO GNOCCHI
This Harvest Chicken Soup with Sweet Potato Gnocchi is a meal in a bowl if ever there was one.
Roasting the veggies and chicken accomplishes two things:
1. It adds umami you don’t get from just simmering in broth
2. It gives you a good 45 minutes of hands off time to make the Gnocchi or prepare whatever noodles you choose to add to the soup.
When I’m craving chicken soup, this is pretty much exactly what I want; rich broth, lots of veggies, and a variety of textures. I hope you love this one as much as I do.
Of course when I wrote an entire book about soup, I included more than just hearty chicken soups. In it you’ll find every kind of soup you can dream up, many of which have slow cooker and pressure cooker adaptations. And since us paleos tend to be missing that hunk of bread alongside our bowl of soup, I included an entire chapter on paleo breads, crackers, and even a bread bowl- look! (Seriously, this bread is grain-free, and even nut-free)
The quintessential Fall Soup
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 celery ribs, diced
- 3 large carrots, diced
- 2 medium parsnips, peeled and diced
- 6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
- extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- Ground black pepper
- 1 whole bone-in skin-on chicken breast (about 1¾ pounds) or 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
- 8 cups Chicken Broth see how I make broth here or reference Paleo Soups and Stews for recipes
- ½ pound kale, stemmed and torn or chopped into 1-inch pieces
- ½ teaspoon minced fresh thyme (about 4 sprigs)
- 1 batch Sweet Potato Gnocchi or spaghetti squash or sweet potato noodles (see Paleo Soups and Stews for Veggie Noodle options)
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate arils
- Preheat the oven to 425°
- In a large baking dish, toss the diced veggies and garlic with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and ½ teaspoon of the salt.
- Season the chicken with ½ teaspoon of the salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Rub the remaining olive oil all over the chicken. Place the chicken on top of the veggies and roast for 40 to 45 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160°F and the veggies are brown and softened. (If using precooked chicken, just roast the veggies on their own.)
- Place the chicken in the fridge to cool. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their peels and mash lightly.
- Add the veggies to a large pot along with the broth, kale, and thyme. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, or until the kale is soft.
- While the soup simmers, pull the chicken meat off the bones and cut or tear it into bite-sized pieces. Discard the skin and bones or reserve the bones for making broth. Add the chicken to the soup and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, until just heated through.
- Serve with Sweet Potato Gnocchi, sweet potato noodles, or spaghetti squash. Garnish with pomegranate arils.
Slow Cooker Instructions:
Peel the garlic cloves and toss them and the vegetables with ½ teaspoon of salt, a few pinches of pepper, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place in a slow cooker, along with the kale and thyme. Season the chicken with the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt, a couple pinches of pepper, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and place on top of the vegetables. Pour in the broth and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Remove the chicken and, once cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bone. Chop or tear the chicken into bite-sized pieces and return to the pot. Add the gnocchi or noodles to heat through.
Egg-Free / Nut-Free / AIP Modification:
Omit the black pepper and serve with veggie noodles instead of gnocchi. Lower-Carb Modification: Serve with zucchini noodles or summer squash noodles (page 194).
Chef’s Tip: Use leftover roast chicken and a variety of leftover roasted veggies to make a super-quick soup. Just simmer the roasted veggies in broth for 10 minutes as directed in Step 5, then add 3 cups of cooked chicken and heat through.
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