Chicken Mushroom Alfredo Soup w/ Gnocchi & Pesto (super quick and lightened-up)

A recipe for a ridiculously easy soup using a jar of light Alfredo sauce and chicken broth as a base, and tossing in delicious add-ins like rotisserie chicken, grilled mushrooms, gnocchi, arugula, and prepared pesto! It’s hearty, filling, and super quick to make!

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I am a soup nut. I’m crazy for it. I’ve said it before, but even during the peak of hot Florida summers, 90+ degrees and stifling humidity, I still LOVE soup. Bizarre, I know.

My Grandpa and I used to share that in common. We were ‘soup people’. I hear there are people in the world that are not ‘soup people’, but who are these people? I cannot comprehend that. :)

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It’s the ultimate in comfort food though. So maybe that’s it. I just find it so filling and warming and cozy.

It’s the first thing I want when I’m feeling under the weather. At the sign of a cold, S.O. makes a huge pot of chicken soup. Besides meatballs (they’re AMAZING), chicken soup is his specialty.

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I also consider soup to be a perfect hangover food. I’m sure you don’t all agree with me on that, and I definitely enjoy classic good ol’ bacon and eggs the morning after a big night out, but soup does the trick for me too!

Now I’m not suggesting that we had imbibed too much the night before making this soup, but I will tell you that we ate the entire pot of this for lunch the next day, and we felt all the better for it. Thankfully, hangovers are few and far between for us these days, but even a little tinge of one, and I’m dreaming of a big bowl of soup. Try it – it works.

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This soup is hearty and filling, with a creamy (but light!) Alfredo sauce and chicken broth base, so it’s very rich without being heavy! I used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store because that’s just worlds easier than cooking it myself (not happening), and rotisserie chicken is soooo tender and juicy. Discovering those a few years back was a serious game-changer in my household. Buttery grilled mushrooms, peppery arugula, garlic, and a little pesto sauce all round out the robust flavors in this soup! If that’s not enough to fill you up, this soup also has gnocchi. Little carb dumplings. Can’t go wrong.

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Chicken Mushroom Alfredo Soup w/ Gnocchi, Pesto, and Arugula
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A ridiculously easy soup using a jar of Alfredo sauce and chicken broth as a base, and tossing in delicious add-ins like rotisserie chicken, grilled mushrooms, gnocchi, arugula, and prepared pesto!
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 - 8 oz. container sliced mushrooms
  • 1 - 15 oz. jar light Alfredo sauce
  • 2½ c. chicken broth
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced or cubed (I used a rotisserie chicken)
  • 2 c. fresh arugula
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 - 16 oz. package gnocchi
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. prepared pesto sauce
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  2. Add in the sliced mushrooms, and grill until tender and golden brown, about 7-8 minutes.
  3. In a large pot over medium heat, add the mushrooms, Alfredo sauce, chicken broth, cubed chicken, arugula, and garlic powder.
  4. Bring to a light boil or simmer, and add in the gnocchi.
  5. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until gnocchi are soft and tender.
  6. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Either serve each bowl with a small dollop of pesto sauce on top, or you can mix the 2 tbsp. into the entire pot (I like to add it to the entire pot!). Enjoy!

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And I hear there’s a cold front hammering everybody up north, so that’s all the more reason to plan soup for your future. Yesterday I saw about a million pictures of pretty snowfall on Instagram! The snow looks beautiful, but it’s even prettier when you’re looking at it in a picture. Stay warm up there, friends!


  1. says

    It’s definitely cold here! I’m looking out my window at quite the storm blowing in, and wondering if I actually have to go anywhere tomorrow morning! :) This soup looks fantastic Sarah, I love all the flavours in it, mushrooms and chicken in soup are the best!

  2. says

    I could totally go for a bowl of this soup for breakfast right now, Sarah! It’s way too cold by me! I absolutely love all of these wonderful flavors! Mushrooms are my favorite veggie and alfredo and pesto are my go-to sauces. That is such a great idea to use jarred alfredo sauce, love that! Such a flavorful soup, pinned!

    • says

      Oh my gosh… I feel for you up north! I keep hearing how positively frigid it is up there, and I do not miss it one bit! I know the country is cold when even FL is only 41 degrees! Stay warm up there, friend!! I *love* corn chowder, Gayle, and the one you posted today looks fabulous!!

  3. says

    It is so cold up here, soup is pretty much the only thing I’m craving! Speaking of which, I NEED a bowl of this awesomeness asap! This is completely my dream soup—pesto, chicken, alfredo, AND gnocchi?! All of my favorite things! Pinning. :)

    • says

      I keep hearing about crazy cold temperatures all over the country, and I know it’s bad when it’s even freezing in Florida! Stay warm, girl!! Spring will be here in a flash!

  4. says

    It is absolutely freezing here in Chicago! I hear it might make it into the single digits today :) This looks like the perfect winter soup and I love that you added gnocchi – delicious. Have a great weekend!

    • says

      My heart goes out to all you northerners! I grew up in Pennsylvania, so I’m no stranger to the climate up there! Haha. I’ve heard it’s been *brutal* lately. STAY WARM!! :)

    • says

      Hi Sharon! Thanks for the feedback. Wonder how I do that. Haha! I’ll certainly look into it! Thanks so much for your kind comment about the soup!


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