Is this a soup or is this a stew? An absolutely delicious recipe. The mini chicken meatballs and gnocchi are like little mini dumplings that cook right in the soup. Yes, you can use another type of pasta but it won't have the same special creaminess that you get with the gnocchi. Forget the chili, I'm making this at the next football party. This is a hearty, fresh and delicious Stoup!