I don’t really want to rush time along, but this year winter has rudely muscled its way into spring and I’m aching for sunshine and warm temperatures. This see-sawing act (hot…cold…hot…cold) is getting tiresome.
Because of the lingering chilliness, my stomach is still craving comforting stews and soups. This one is particularly satisfying. I’ve based this rich recipe on an Olive Garden concoction – except mine gets its creaminess from pureed white beans – not from cream. The gnocchis are homemade with sweet potatoes rather than white potatoes, but you could use store-bought. Just make sure they’re vegan.
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Creamy Chik’n Soup with Sweet Potato Gnocchi
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups carrots, sliced
1 cup celery, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried thyme
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
2 cups seitan, cubed
3 cups seitan-cooking broth+7 cups water OR 4 cups vegetable broth+6 cups water
4 cups kale, chopped
1 15 oz. can great northern beans, rinsed, drained and pureed
2 cups sweet potato gnocchi, cooked and drained
ground black pepper, to taste
In a large pot, saute the onions, celery and carrots in a splash of water, vegetable broth or Bragg Liquid Aminos until tender. Stir in the garlic, thyme, mushrooms and seietan and cook for another 5 minutes or so.
Pour in the 10 cups broth/water and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until veggies are very tender. Stir in the kale, pureed beans, and gnocchi and cook until the kale is tender. Taste and adjust seasonings.