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.

Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe from CopyKat.com

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.


  • 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


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.

  • Loni Lou

    Wish i didn’t use thyme and this recipe would of been perfect i added extra chicken broth and butter to calm down the thyme I only used 1/2 teaspoon and its over powering:-(

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      I am very sorry you didn’t enjoy the thyme. The recipe only called for 1/2 a teaspoon, and that shouldn’t have been too much. I am sorry that you feel this ruined the soup for you.

  • Pamela

    Stephanie Manley, I would like to make this and have read through a ton of these comments and I was just wondering if you ever experimented with the rosemary instead of thyme suggestion? If so, what were your thoughts? I was also wondering what the difference would be between using half and half or using cream…Thank you :)

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      I do not believe their recipe contains rosemary, so I don’t want to add it. I personally think rosemary and cream sauces don’t taste well together, but that is my palette. Using half and half vs cream the differences would be mouth feel, cream is just the winner. I also find when you reheat things made with cream they just do better than half and half.

      • Pamela

        Awesome, thank you :)

        • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

          You could add a little, it may work. I am always cautious with rosemary.

  • Nicole

    How many people will this feed?

  • Jace Paul

    The clock on your stove tells me you did NOT let it simmer for 20 minutes. The soup is a lie!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      You are right, I didn’t. I was paying a camera person by the minute to shoot the video and it was my choice to call it done as quickly as a could. So, yes, the video is a lie the recipe isn’t. Thank you for pointing that out. You can see from all of the responses on how much people like the video what a true sham this recipe is.

      • Jace Paul

        It’s a great recipe. I was just joking.

        • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

          It was a hilarious joke. I have explained this before. 400 videos later, perhaps I should replace this one. Video production is a learning curve.

  • Gina

    Very good was very easy too make this is my daughters favorite soup.yum gotta new recipe!!!
    Thank you for sharing

  • JessicaDL

    I must be doing something wrong, cause i didn’t have a kitchen fire, but my soup also didn’t turn out right, it was either too thin or too thick, I must be doing something wrong

  • Philondrea

    This my favorite soup and every time I make it its a big hit!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      I am happy to hear this recipe turns out for you.

  • Lynn

    My husband loves the Toscano soup which includes kale, while I love the gnocchi. I take his kale (which he’s not supposed to eat), and add it to my gnocchi. Voila, a totally yummy flavor addition from kale/sausages. Try it and enjoy.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      This sounds like a great way to combine the two favorite soups.

  • lovetocook

    This recipe is nowhere close to Olive Gardens Chicken Gnocchi.
    This recipe was absolutely disgusting.
    Way too garlicky and didn’t like texture of onions in a smooth creamy soup base.
    Dog nor pot belly pig would eat it let alone my family
    Very disappointed wasted money on ingredients

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      I am really sorry you didn’t like the recipe. Many people really enjoy this recipe.

      Again, I am sorry that no one human, or with four legs in your house found this recipe suitable for their consumption.

  • Barb

    If I use the “dry” pasta – do I have to cook it first ?

  • Allison Franklin Holshouser

    Just finished preparing this soup. I couldn’t find gnocchi so I made it from the linked recipe. I believe I need to roll it out a little smaller next time and and just a tad more salt. I had two variations because I didn’t have thyme (substituted basil) and used frozen chopped spinach as I had no fresh. Other than not looking as pretty because of all the tiny green spinach pieces, it was wonderful!! Thanks so much for the recipe. Can’t wait to make it again and looking forward to trying your other recipes.

  • dena winchester

    Excellent recipe!!!! Tastes exactly like the Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi!!! Well done!!!!

  • Lauren Hughes

    Question: I made this for the first time last night and I accidentally added 1 tsp of thyme instead of 1/2 tsp of said herb. Is there anything I can add to it to take away the strength of the thyme?

  • Katie

    Why do you cook the gnocchi separately?

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      I don’t want it to over cook by staying in the soup forever.

  • amani

    Stephanie Manley you are the jam. I am going to try this recipe. Thank you for taking your time out to teach us how to make this .

  • Merri Plooy Coolbaugh

    This was way better than OG! Thanks for the recipe!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      Thank you ;) I appreciate that very much!

  • Jennifer Eddy

    I made this last week and it was great. I left out the spinach because I forgot to buy it but it was still awesome. Thank you!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      This recipe seems to be very flexible ;) I am glad you enjoyed it.

  • Annika

    Great soup. Love all your recipes. Will definitely make again. Omitted chicken and used vegetable stock as we have a vegetarian in household.

  • Opal

    I made this into a vegetarian soup, just omit the chicken and use Better Than Bouillon’s no-chicken base according to the directions on the bottle. Comes out sooooo good.

  • Devi

    I tried this recipe for the first time and it came out very good! It tastes exactly same as the Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup. Thank you so much for sharing this excellent recipe Stephanie!

  • Gigi

    This recipe was delicious!! It was a hit with my family. Added Great Value (Walmart) garlic breadsticks. Filling and perfect for a cold night.

  • [email protected]

    I forgot 1/2 &1/2 can I use 1% milk?

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      You can, but it won’t be the same, the soup may not taste quite as rich. Let me know how it goes.

  • Carol Cummings

    I have been making this recipe for several years. It is delicious! My husbands favorite along with Frischs vegetable soup. Last time we were at Olive Garden he told our waiter I made chicken gnocci soup better than theirs.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      Oh no ;) I am glad you really enjoyed the soup.

  • Kim

    I made it tonight, and the family loved it. Thank you

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      I am so happy your family loved the soup.

  • luna

    Amazing! Followed the recipe exactly, with the exception of adding a little basil. East to make! I put all the veggies in a chopper to cut off some prep time. Soo good! Tastes like I’m eating Olive Garden to go!

  • Linda

    I made this with gluten-free flour and gluten-free gnocchi for my husband….Delicious!! Made a double batch this time.

  • Karacake

    Great recipe, turned out wonderful, better than OG. I doubled it (except for the nutmeg & gnocchi) and added lots more veggies & a whole rotisserie chicken. Used half 2% milk & half 1/2 & 1/2. I agree, the nutmeg adds a depth of flavor, but I was wary about doubling that potent spice, so I used what was called for-1/4 tsp for a double batch. I used shears to cut the gnocchi in half, making double the portion. It thickened up nicely, was a breeze to put together & was very flavorful. Made a Caesar salad & garlic bread & it was a hearty, warming special dinner. Can’t wait to try the leftovers. Would be good with tortellini as well? Thanks CopyKat! Now I’ll have to peruse your other recipes.

  • Jean Segelbaum

    I made this soup the other day and you hit the nail on the head. It was so yummy, tasted just like OG’s. Now I don’t have to go to OG to get take out of this soup. This is my favorite soup and am so glad that you created this recipe. Thank you!!!! .

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      I am so happy you enjoyed this soup. This is definitely one of my favorite soups of all time. One thing about making a copycat recipe at home is you can customize it any way you like.

  • Kristin Colson

    Don’t make the nutmeg optional. Changed the taste a ton from very sweet cream, to more restaurant flavored. Otherwise yum! Topped mine with park cheese, croutons, and some green onion.

  • Holli Yarrington

    I doubled the recipe and it definitely had too much thyme. I will cut back on it next time, but besides that it tastes almost perfect!
    Amazing soup, my favorite from Olive Garden and I was super excited to try it out on my family. :) :)

    • stephaniemanley

      I am glad you enjoyed the soup.

  • A Family Feast

    This soup has so many of my favorite flavors – all combined into one fantastic,comfort-filled soup! Looks delicious!

  • http://www.restlesschipotle.com/ marye audet

    This is definitely one of my fav’s… and the featured comment is perfect!

  • http://www.dessertfortwo.com/ DessertForTwo

    Sorta kinda obsessed with this soup! I want all the creamy soups as the weather gets cooler :)

  • 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.