I, my friends, am just hours away from leaving this sunny place I live in, to head to yet another sunny place, that is Southern California! We are taking our kids on a last minute surprise trip to Disneyland and I could not be more excited! Mostly I can't wait to see their sweet faces tomorrow morning when they realize where we are and what we are doing! If this trip had not been planned last minute, I never would have been able to keep it from them! I have just about spilled the beans a dozen or more times! Speaking of beans, I have a tasty soup to share with you today, chalk full of hearty and healthy things like beans, peppers, zucchini, chicken breasts, peas, and potato gnocchi. In case you are not privy as to where in the grocery store gnocchi is found, as I was not, you can find look for it in the pasta or frozen foods section. So for those of you who are not leaving one sunny place for another, and are still stuck behind closed doors because of freezing temperatures and/or inches of snow, (I'm talking to you my hometown folks in good old Pocatello, Idaho), then this soup is for you! Served up with some Parmesan bread sticks, this is the perfect cold-weather, comfort meal.
PS...I have heard so much about the fantastic food at Disneyland, and even though I have been there more than half a dozen times, I have yet to discover any of these culinary treasures. Does anyone have any recommendations for must-eat meals or restaurants in Disneyland?! Please let me in on any secrets you might have!! Thanks a million!
Gnocchi Chicken Minestrone
1-1/4 pounds chicken tenderloins or breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small green pepper
1 small red pepper
1 small yellow pepper
1 medium zucchini, finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped red onions
1/3 cup chopped prosciutto or deli ham
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14.5 ounce each) chicken broth
1 can (14.5 ounce) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
3.4 cup canned white or kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup frozen peas
3 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 package (16 ounce) potato gnocchi
1/2 cup shredded Asiago or Italian blend cheese
8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
Sprinkle chicken with oregano, salt and pepper. In a skillet, saute chicken in 1 Tablespoon oil until no longer pink. Remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan, cook the peppers, zucchini and onion in remaining oil until tender. Add prosciutto and garlic, and cook 1 minute longer. Transfer vegetables to a soup pot. Add the broth, tomatoes, beans, peas and tomato paste and chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, cook gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and stir into soup. Garnish each serving with cheese and basil.
Recipe Source: Adapted from Taste of Home
I like to link up to some fun parties! Check them out here!