I’m not sure there’s anything better than a warm bowl of soup on a cold day. I rarely have the time to have a pot simmering all day, though, so slow cooker soups are some of my favorites. And slow cooker chicken and dumplings was particularly awesome to come home to after a long day.
Using a combo of fresh and pre-prepared ingredients gives you the best of both worlds here. The cooking sauce and frozen gnocchi cut down prep time considerably and make this a great dump-and-go recipe, while the fresh vegetables elevate the taste to make it stand apart from canned soups. This quick version is great if you’re craving homemade chicken and dumplings, but don’t have time to fix them.
Served up with a big hunk of crusty bread for dinner, it’s an excellent fall meal.
Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need:
A note from Tiffany: I made this tonight and it is awesome! I couldn’t find the Progresso Recipe Starter, so I made some adjustments. I also doubled the recipe. I used 3 cans broth, 2 cans cream of chicken soup, and added 3 cloves of garlic too. I also made it on the stove, since I didn’t get it in the crockpot earlier. Never be afraid to adjust and substitute!
- 1 can Progresso Recipe Starters Cooking Sauce, Creamy Roasted Garlic Flavor
- 12 oz. chicken broth
- 1 c. chopped carrots
- ½ small onion, diced
- 2 c. cooked, shredded chicken breast
- 8 oz. frozen potato gnocchi
- 1 T. Italian seasoning
- 1 c. baby spinach, chopped
- In your slow cooker, whisk together the Progresso Recipe Starter and chicken broth until well combined. Stir in chopped carrots, diced onion, shredded chicken, gnocchi and Italian seasoning.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- A half hour before serving, stir in chopped spinach. If soup is too thick, stir in some additional chicken broth; if too thin, vent the lid for the last half hour.
Kate is a home cook living and working in New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.