Transforming pantry staples into a gourmet meal can seem like a daunting task, yet with a little creativity and the right recipe, culinary magic is entirely possible. The Gnocchi Delight recipe is a prime example of how everyday ingredients can be elevated into a delicious, comforting dish that belies its simple origins. Recently, I decided to put this recipe to the test, intrigued by the promise of a rich, flavorful meal that didn’t require a trip to a specialty grocery store or hours in the kitchen. The result was a resounding success. The creamy texture of the soup, combined with the hearty gnocchi and the savory Chicken a la King, created a dish that was both satisfying and sophisticated. With a few added seasonings and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, this Gnocchi Delight became an instant favorite, proving that great food doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.


  • 2 cans Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 can Swanson’s Chicken a la King
  • 1 package Potato Gnocchi
  • 2 cups milk (or water/broth for a lighter option)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)


  1. Cook Gnocchi: Follow the package instructions to cook the potato gnocchi. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
  2. Prepare Cream of Chicken Base: Heat the Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup in a large pot, using milk for a richer texture or water/broth for a lighter version.
  3. Combine Gnocchi: Add the drained gnocchi to the creamy soup mixture, simmering for about 5 minutes to allow the flavors to integrate.
  4. Introduce Chicken a la King: Mix in the Swanson’s Chicken a la King, continuing to simmer for another 5 minutes to enhance the flavors.
  5. Season to Perfection: Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and dried parsley, adjusting the seasoning to suit your taste.
  6. Simmer and Blend: Allow the mixture to simmer for an additional 5 minutes, enabling the flavors to meld and the dish to thicken slightly.
  7. Serve and Garnish: Dish the creamy gnocchi delight into bowls, optionally topping with grated Parmesan cheese for added flavor.
  8. Enjoy Your Meal: This budget-friendly, delicious meal is ready to serve 6-8 people.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings: 6-8 servings
  • Calories per serving: Varies based on modifications and serving size but estimated at 300-400 calories per serving without the optional Parmesan cheese.

Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 30 minutes

Additional Tips

  1. Lighter Version: For a lighter dish, consider using low-fat milk or a broth alternative to the cream of chicken soup.
  2. Enhance the Flavor: Experiment with additional spices such as smoked paprika or a pinch of cayenne pepper for a subtle kick.
  3. Vegetable Add-Ins: To incorporate more nutrients, consider adding spinach, mushrooms, or peas during the simmering process.
  4. Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently to avoid overcooking the gnocchi.
  5. Serving Suggestion: For a complete meal, serve this dish with a side salad or crusty bread to soak up the creamy sauce.

FAQ Section

  1. Can I make this dish vegetarian?
    • Yes, substitute the cream of chicken soup and Chicken a la King with vegetarian alternatives or a creamy vegetable soup.
  2. Is it possible to use homemade gnocchi?
    • Absolutely! Homemade gnocchi can elevate the dish further, though it will increase prep time.
  3. Can I add cheese directly into the sauce?
    • Yes, stirring in shredded Parmesan or mozzarella cheese can add depth and richness to the sauce.
  4. How can I thicken the sauce if it’s too thin?
    • A slurry of cornstarch and water added to the simmering sauce can help thicken it without altering the flavor.
  5. Can I make this dish ahead of time?
    • While best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the sauce in advance and add the cooked gnocchi when reheating to serve.
  6. Is it gluten-free?
    • This recipe can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free gnocchi and ensuring the soup and Chicken a la King are gluten-free.