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Gnocchi, Mushroom and Kale Soup

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This gnocchi, mushroom and kale soup is made with a delicious creamy garlic-rosemary broth and topped with freshly-grated Parmesan. Easy to make in just 30 minutes!

Gnocchi, Mushroom and Kale Soup

I’m a big believer in always keeping a package of store-bought gnocchi tucked away in your pantry (or freezer) for last-minute dinnertime rescue. And this creamy gnocchi, mushroom and kale soup recipe is a perfect way to put it to good use. ♡

This cozy soup comes together easily in just under a half hour or so, thanks to some quick-cooking veggies and gnocchi. And I’m especially partial to that creamy garlic rosemary broth, which is wonderfully comforting and cozy without being too heavy. We’ve enjoyed keeping this recipe vegetarian here in our house, sometimes browning some plant-based Italian sausage to stir into the mix too. But if you’d like to add in an additional protein, some shredded chicken, bacon or traditional Italian sausage would be fantastic options here too.

The last time we made this soup, my husband went back for thirds…and then called dibs on leftovers the next day. So I sincerely hope you all love this recipe as much as we do!

Ingredients laid out for gnocchi soup

Gnocchi, Mushroom and Kale Soup Ingredients

Before we get to the full recipe below, here are a few quick notes about the ingredients you will need to make this gnocchi, mushroom and kale soup…

  • Gnocchi: You will need one package of store-bought gnocchi for this recipe, which is a breeze to use as it cooks up in just a few minutes. Nowadays there are many different options you can choose — potato gnocchi with or without gluten, cauliflower gnocchi, sweet potato gnocchi — so please use whatever you love best!
  • Mushrooms: I tossed in a pound of baby bella mushrooms, since they are usually what we keep stocked in our fridge. But feel free to use white button mushrooms, a wild mushroom mix, or whatever variety you love best.
  • Kale: Either traditional curly kale or lacinato (a.k.a. Tuscan or dinosaur) kale will work here.
  • Mirepoix: I used a classic mix of carrots, celery and onion as the base for this soup, but feel free to toss in any additional soup-friendly veggies that you love.
  • Veggie broth: Either vegetable broth or chicken broth/stock will work.
  • Heavy cream: We will add in a small splash at the end to make the broth creamy but not too heavy.
  • Seasonings: A simple blend of minced garlic, chopped fresh rosemary, crushed red pepper flakes, bay leaf, fine sea salt, black pepper will serve as the seasonings for this soup.
  • Parmesan: And finally, I recommend topping each serving with a very generous sprinkle of freshly-grated Parmesan. Yum.

Step by step photos showing how to make gnocchi mushroom soup

Recipe Variations

Here are a few additional ways that you’re welcome to customize this soup if you’d like…

  • Make it gluten-free: Just be sure to look for a certified gluten-free brand of gnocchi to make this soup GF.
  • Add a protein: Italian sausage, chicken or bacon would all be delicious additions to this soup if you would like to add a protein.
  • Add extra veggies: Feel free to clean out your crisper drawer and toss in any other soup-friendly veggies that you have on hand.
  • Add beans: If you would like to add some extra protein, feel free to add in a can of rinsed and drained beans (such as white beans, chickpeas, or kidney beans) to the soup too.
  • Use homemade gnocchi: If you feel like going the extra mile, make a batch of my favorite homemade ricotta gnocchi to add to the soup. It’s super-soft and SO delicious.
  • Use potatoes: Don’t have gnocchi on hand? Feel free to sub in a pound of diced potatoes instead and simmer until tender.

Gnocchi, Mushroom and Kale Soup in pot

Favorite Vegetarian Soup Recipes

Looking for more cozy vegetarian soup recipes to try? Here are a few of my faves…

Closeup of gnocchi soup in ladle

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Gnocchi, Mushroom and Kale Soup

Gnocchi, Mushroom and Kale Soup

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  • Author: Ali
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x


This gnocchi, mushroom and kale soup is made with a creamy garlic-rosemary broth and can be ready to go in just 30 minutes.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely-chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (16-ounce) package uncooked gnocchi
  • 4 cups (about 4 ounces) finely-chopped fresh kale (tough stems discarded)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • fine sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, for topping (optional)


  1. Sauté the veggies. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, rosemary, crushed red pepper flakes and sauté for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 5 additional minutes, stirring once per minute.
  2. Simmer. Add the vegetable broth, bay leaf, and stir to combine. Continue cooking the soup until it reaches a simmer. Then cover, reduce heat to medium-low to maintain the simmer, and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Cook the gnocchi and kale. Stir in the gnocchi and kale until combined. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the gnocchi are completely tender.
  4. Season. Stir in the heavy cream until combined. Discard the bay leaf. Then taste and season the soup with salt and black pepper as needed. (Feel free to also add more cream if you’d like.)
  5. Serve. Serve warm, garnished with Parmesan cheese if you’d like.

Closeup of creamy gnocchi, mushroom and kale soup

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15 comments on “Gnocchi, Mushroom and Kale Soup”

  1. This is so good. I did not have the gnocchi but I just left it out and it was still wonderful. Great flavor. Thanks for a wonderful dinner.

  2. Sounds divine and I plan to try it for dinner tomorrow. Just a note on step 2, I think it’s meant to read vegetable broth :-)
    Thanks though – looks delicious.

  3. Can’t wait to make this one 😍

  4. Is there a vegan cream that you recommend? This soup looks delicious BTW. Can’t wait to try it.

  5. This was so simple and so delicious. I substituted chard for the kale. Thanks for a great recipe!

  6. Delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I was gifted some kale and gnocchi mere days before this recipe arrived in my inbox; it was meant to be! Used 2 tsp dried rosemary and 2/3 cup whole milk as subs for ingredients not on hand. What a great recipe! Can’t wait to make it again. Planning to add italian sausage crumbles, chopped green beans and maybe leave out the dairy next time.
    Thank you for so many wonderful soup recipes! I have been using them weekly for meal planning for 2 years now and they are still the best I have been able to find.

  8. Made this last night. Delish! My grocery only had half and half, otherwise followed recipe to the tee. We can’t wait to have it again tonight. Your soups never disappoint. Thank you.

  9. I made this soup the other night and what a nice surprise! Really … a little different and very tasty. The scads of mushrooms almost made it seem “meaty”. Pretty much made it according to the recipe. I’ll be making this again … it sets my mouth watering just thinking of it.

  10. Loved this one! Tasty and pretty easy to make as well. Love how many vegetables there are in there. I just want to say that I love nearly every one of your recipes, and I love how they’re all a little bit similar in how they’re made (or maybe I just make a lot of soup hahahaha) so once you’ve done a couple, the rest of them are super easy to make as well. If you ever had a cookbook, I would definitely buy it.

  11. This was really good! The directions were super easy to follow. The only thing I would change, going forward, would be the Rosemary. I think next time, I’ll just use 1 tablespoon Rosemary, instead of the 2, it calls for. The Rosemary stood out a little too much for my taste, but this soup is delicious.

    Thank you for sharing your recipes! I’ve made many of your recipes, and they are always delicious!

  12. Oh my gra-a-cious, Delicious! Definitely a keeper.

  13. Delicious! I used oat milk instead of heavy cream (dairy sensitive) but otherwise followed the recipe. It was well worth all the chopping and slicing. Thank you!!

  14. Could you substitute spinach for kale?