Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

This soup is known for being hearty. It is a rich soup that can be made into a meal. This warm bowl of goodness features roasted chicken, potato gnocchi, carrots, celery, and spinach. Soup warms the soul, and this is no exception. When you put out these bowls, they are going to come back empty.

chicken and gnocchi soup


This is an easy-to-prepare recipe, but it is going to taste like you spent hours at the stove making your family a delightful chicken and potato gnocchi soup. You can find the gnocchi in a couple of different places in your supermarket; my local stores sell shelf-stable potato gnocchi in the dry pasta section. In higher-end grocery stores, I have seen this sold in the fresh sections where you would pick up a prepared meal. Either type of gnocchi will work well. Your family will really love this. Have a hard time finding gnocchi? Make your own homemade potato gnocchi.

Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup



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Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recieps, CopyKat Recipes, Soup Recipes
  • Prep time:15 minutes
  • Cook time:20 minutes
  • Serves: 8
Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

You can make Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi soup just like the Olive Garden does. Just a few ingredients and you can enjoy this famous soup at home.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart half-and-half
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth (if you enjoy a thicker soup, use 1 can)
  • Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 cup diced cooked chicken breast (you can use a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 (16-ounce/500g) package ready-to-use gnocchi

Instructions

Melt the butter into the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion becomes translucent. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute. Whisk in the half-and-half. Simmer until thickened. Whisk in the chicken broth. Simmer until thickened again. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, the thyme, parsley, nutmeg (if using), carrots, spinach, chicken, and gnocchi. Simmer until the soup is heated through. Before serving, season with additional salt, if necessary.

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Comments About This Recipe You can add more chicken if you like. While you could use leftover cooked chicken breast, I really think using the rotisserie chicken that are found in many grocery stores is the best way to get the optimal flavor of this soup.If you want to make the soup lower in calories, you can use milk instead of half-and-half. Half-and-half does taste better, though, and it also reheats better than milk does.Now that I have shared one of my favorite dishes from a restaurant when I go out to eat, what is your favorite soup to eat when you go out? You can find more Olive Garden Recipes at CopyKat.com, the web's most popular destination for copycat restaurant recipes.

  • goddss6

    This was amazing! Just as good as OG, if not better. I omitted the nutmeg, but only because I didn’t realize I didn’t have any in my spice drawer. If I hadn’t JUST gotten home from a not so quick trip to walmart, where I had went with my daughter for the fresh veggies for this recipe, and ended up with 20 additional items, I would have ran back to get some.

    • goddss6

      Also since I was trying to do this quickly, instead of roasted chicken I took 2 very small frozen chicken breasts, boiled them & chopped them. I stirred them in at the same time the chicken broth so they wouldn’t end up bland.

      • stephaniemanley

        Great idea on stirring in the chicken breasts with the chicken broth, it should give the soup a little extra flavor.

    • stephaniemanley

      Oh goodness, I know what you mean, there is never a quick trip to Wal Mart, for me it always takes much longer than I intend. I am happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe. I think it works fairly well without the nutmeg. Thank you for giving the recipe a try.

  • Aimee Shugarman

    Oh my gosh this looks insanely delicious!!!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you very much!

  • Shannon

    I made this and it was great! If you find it to be not what you want tweak it to your satisfaction. This was pretty spot on to me compared to OGs soup. I love that at home you are the one who decides what you consume. For example I have HBP so I am glad when I get to control my sodium. Thank you for sharing this recipe we make it a lot in our house.

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you for your comments. I think we all like to tweak recipes to our personal tastes. I know I do. I also think one of the best things about copy cat recipes is you can modify the recipe for your diet. It is much easier to do this when you know what you are starting with. I hope you get a chance to try more recipes.

  • charlseylong

    I made this soup (my favorite from Olive Garden) and it was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! I’m pinning all kinds of recipe’s now, and cannot wait to try others! THANK YOU!

    • stephaniemanley

      I am so happy that you enjoyed the soup, and thank you for pinning the recipes!

  • Brianna O’Brian

    Just wanted to thank you for this recipe. I made this the other day and it turned out awesome! Super yummy and easy!

    • stephaniemanley

      Oh terrific, I am so glad you gave it a try and that you liked it.

  • lagacutie

    NAILED IT!!! My very picky teenage daughter loves this soup at OG. She said it tasted exactly like theirs and even a bit better because theirs didn’t have enough gnocchi. I did a serious Happy Dance!! I followed the recipe exact……….thank you!!

    • stephaniemanley

      I appreciate your comment. I never thought the soup had enough stuff in it at the restaurant. I like my soup to be packed with goodies. I am so glad you and your family enjoyed this one.

  • Shannon

    Yum we love this recipe. I had to slow down we were eating this 3 times in a week lol. It’s addictive but we have our habit under control now ;) thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    • stephaniemanley

      That’s funny. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe. I always love it when you find something you really like.

  • Lisa

    I made this soup and it was DELICIOUS. This soup is one of my favorite things about OG, and now that I can make it at home we are free to try any and all other Italian restaurants (my boyfriend hates OG).

    • stephaniemanley

      I am glad you enjoyed the soup. It is very tasty.

  • Lori Wilson

    If you scorch the milk it tastes like crab soup and the family still loves it!

  • L

    I didn’t enjoy this recipe at all

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you for letting me know.

  • Renee

    This soup is the shit though

    • stephaniemanley

      It is good soup ;)

  • Renee

    It’s pronounced no-key no guh sound

    • stephaniemanley

      I have heard it said a variety of ways ;) Thanks for the tip.

  • confuzzled

    I juat finished making the soup exactly as it calls for and right now it tastes a lil grassy…any suggestions???

    • stephaniemanley

      It sounds like the kale may be what is causing this. You could add a little more salt and see if that helps.

  • Morning

    I love this recipe, so does my 5yr old. I use canned chicken when I’m pressed for time. I love to have a crusty loaf of bread warming during the last few minutes of simmering.

    • stephaniemanley

      I am so happy you and your 5yr old love the soup. I know it can be challenging trying to feed everyone in the family.

  • Rebekah

    I made this soup for the first time today, exactly like the recipe, and it came out great. As soon as I added the nutmeg it smelled AMAZING and I knew it was going to be good. I think the only thing I should have done different was boil my gnocchi with salt rather than plain water- I used refrigerated Wegmans gnocchi and it was pretty bland. Hopefully while the remainder of the soup is in the fridge the gnocchi will pick up more flavor.

    • stephaniemanley

      I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the soup. I am sure the gnocchi will pick up more flavor in the fridge.

  • Nessa B

    I made this soup exactly how she did in the video and it was perfect! If nit better than the olive garden!

    • stephaniemanley

      I am happy to hear the soup turned out so well for you.