Recently, my husband and I ate at our favorite Italian restaurant in town. They serve a fabulous vegan Minestrone and a salad I love, so we eat there often. On this particular visit, the gentleman sitting next to me was eating a gnocchi soup that looked divine. It was thick and creamy, with little gnocchi floating in the broth. So, of course, I searched the menu to check out the ingredients. Although the soup was anything but vegan, I decided to make my own vegan gnocchi soup. For my vegan gnocchi soup recipe, I chose to add a bunch of my favorite veggies, as well as a savory broth.
What is gnocchi?
Despite popular belief, gnocchi is not pasta. Actually, gnocchi is made of potatoes and formed into dumplings. Although generally served as an entree with various sauces, gnocchi also works wonderfully in soups and stews. In fact, most gnocchi is oil-free and vegan.
Available in the pasta section on the shelf vacuum-sealed, in the refrigerated section or in the freezer section of most grocery stores, gnocchi is a fabulous and healthy alternative to pasta.
Even though I plan to make my own gnocchi soon, I opted for the vacuum-sealed variety today.
What ingredients are in packaged gnocchi?
For this vegan gnocchi soup recipe, I chose De Cecco Potato Gnocchi
- Mashed Potatoes 80% [Water, Dried Potato Flakes 24% (Potatoes 99%, Spices)]
- Potato Starch 15%
- Wheat Flour
- Rice Flour
- pH Control Agent: Lactic Acid, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate
But, other vegan and oil-free varieties are available for sale as well:
- Bella Terra Organic Potato Gnocchi
- Sanniti Potato Gnocchi
- Delallo Gluten-Free Gnocchi
- Bartenura Potato Gnocchi
- Tuscanini Potato Gnocchi (these a fun mini version and great for soup)
Beware of brands, however, that contain diglycerides and other hidden fat sources if you are searching for an oil-free version. As a rule, the fewer ingredients in any product, the better.
Varieties of gnocchi
- Classic potato gnocchi (some varieties contain egg, oil, and cheese, so check the label)
- Sweet potato gnocchi
- Gluten-free gnocchi
- Cauliflower Gnocchi
What is gnocchi soup?
Basically, vegan gnocchi soup is a thick and savory soup with a vegetable base flavored with savory ingredients, fresh vegetables, and potato gnocchi.
Even though this soup appears sinful by appearance, it really is healthy and only contains plant food as well as a little flour and nutritional yeast.
How to make gnocchi soup
Since this soup takes mere minutes to make, it begins with a trinity of vegetables to start the base. Honestly, it takes longer to chop the vegetables than to cook the entire pot of soup.
- Rosemary (fresh is best)
- Thyme (fresh is best)
- Trader Joe's Chicken-Less Seasoning or Poultry seasoning
- White wine
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
- Vegetable broth
- Gnocchi (oil-free)
- Kale (or greens of choice)
- Plant-milk plus flour of choice (for gluten-free choose gluten-free flour like chickpea flour)
- Nutritional yeast
- Salt and pepper to taste
First, cook the garlic, onions, and celery (the trinity it's called), and then add the mushrooms and carrots. Then, add the herbs and spices allowing them to flavor the vegetables. Now, add the vegetable broth, and plant milk mixture. Bring to a boil and add the gnocchi, followed by the kale. Both the gnocchi and the kale take minutes to cook.
Because gnocchi cooks so quickly, (2 minutes), it's important to work quickly.
What grocery section is gnocchi in?
- Gnocchi is found in the refrigerator, pasta, or frozen section in the grocery store.
Is all Gnocchi vegan?
- No! Some gnocchi brands are made with egg and cheese. Also, if you eat an oil-free plant-based plan, make sure you look for hidden fat in ingredients such as partially hydrogenated coconut or palm kernel, hydrogenated soybean, etc.
What should I serve with gnocchi soup?
- Crusty bread, a large green salad, or steamed vegetables are great options to serve with gnocchi soup.
How long is gnocchi soup good for in the refrigerator?
- Vegan gnocchi soup will last 3-4 days refrigerated.
Is poultry seasoning vegan?
- Yes! Poultry seasoning, despite its name, is a seasoning used to season poultry, but it is 100% vegan. I like Trader Joe's Chicken-less Seasoning.
Can gnocchi soup be reheated?
- Yes; vegan gnocchi soup can be reheated on low in the microwave or don't the stove on low. However, you may have to add a little water or plant milk, as the soup tends to thicken in the refrigerator.
Can gnocchi soup be frozen?
- Although plant milk-based soups do not maintain their texture, gnocchi soup can be frozen for up to 3 months. But, be sure to thaw completely. You may have to add additional water, broth, or milk if the texture is thicker than desired.
- If using frozen gnocchi, the cooking time is the same (2-3 minutes) as the prepackaged gnocchi, but cover the pot while the gnocchi cooks and do not reduce the heat.
- Nutritional yeast provides a "cheesy flavor." A great substitution for nutritional yeast is soy sauce, liquid aminos, tamari, or miso paste.
- When freezing soup, always leave at least an inch between the top of the soup and the lid of the container. This prevents freezer burn.
If you love savory soups, check out these fantastic savory soup recipes
- Thick & Creamy Vegetable Soup
- Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup (Without Cheese!)
- Non-Dairy New England Clam Chowder
- Curried Cauliflower Soup Recipe
- Vegan Corn Chowder Recipe
- Cream of Chickpea Soup Recipe
- Wild Rice Soup with Mushrooms
- Vegan Tortilla Soup
- Hungarian Mushroom Soup
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂