So....as my husband and I sit in a popular Italian chain restaurant, eating soup and bread sticks like tomorrow may never come, he says to me, "OMG, you need to make this soup into a casserole or a real "dish". And that my friends is how the happy accident began.
.....Fast forward 2 days, he keeps asking me to make this. Admittedly I have 2 packages of gnocchi in the cupboard. I have everything else I need to create his own personal heaven. I decide that today is THE day. I turned on my fave music, put on some lipstick and off I went. End result? Complete FAIL! However, that is now how this story ends. While it was a complete fail as far as a copycat, sort of, not really version of the soup, it turned out to be a pan of cheesy, chickeny, gnocchi-ee goodness and I do not for one second feel bad that it "didn't turn out". I feel so "unbad" I am sharing it with you!
This will feed a crowd, and I can't imagine anyone not liking it. If you groove on making your own gnocchi, get on with your bad self, I purchased mine. If you make it make sure to tag me on Instagram or Twitter!! Snap chat me!!
2 pkg. gnocchi (mine were 17.5 oz. each)
4 T. butter
2 large chicken breasts, cut into small cubes or pieces
1 cup shredded carrots
1/3 cup flour
2 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup heavy cream (or half and half)
1 T. dried parsley
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In a large pot, melt your butter. and add your chicken and carrots. Cook over medium-high heat until chicken is cooked all the way through. Add in flour and stir well, let it cook for about 1 minute. Add in chicken stock, while still on medium high heat, bring to a boil, stirring constantly, when it has begun to thicken add in heavy cream, parsley, and all of your grated cheeses.
Stir to combine, remove from heat and let sit.
Bring another large pot of water to boil. Follow the direction on your package of gnocchi. If you are making them homemade, you are a better person than me, so you will know how to cook them! When the water boils, dump them in and the second they float they are done. Make sure to get these out right away. They will be going in the oven for a very short time and you don't need the overcooking.
So as I was saying, when they are done, use a slotted spoon or spider and scoop them out, let them drain and toss them in the pot with the sauce! Get them all in, gently stir to combine and pour into a greased 9x13 casserole dish or pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then turn to broil and let it get golden brown on top! That cheese and butter, get a little crusty and it is heaven!!