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

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.

  • Melissa Cohron

    The first time i made this at home i didnt like a certain taste so i had to figure out what it was and it was the tyme so i stopped putting the tyme in it and now it’s perfect my husband and kids love it… Yesterday my husband said why dont we make turkey gnocchi with all of our left over turkey from thanksgiving so i made it and it was the best now turkey gnocchi will be a after thanksging tradition in my house! A MUST TRY..

  • Chariene T.

    This was fantastic. I used 6 cups of chicken broth,1&1/2cups grated carrots,and 3/4 cup chopped frozen spinach, straight from the package.I did have to add a tablespoon more of flour though. I mixed it with some broth first.

  • LizzieBennett

    We loved this soup when I made it a few weeks ago. Tonight, I’m making it with left over Thanksgiving turkey (fried). I’ll let y’all know how it turns out!

  • christina

    I added about a 1/2 cup of white wine and it tsed much better

  • http://www.facebook.com/wolfie.skid Wolfie Skid

    does this only serve 1 person or more? i’m asking because my family is wanting to try it but it doesnt say how many people it serves

    • Stephanie Manley

      It serves up about 8 to 10 bowls.

  • Alison Clark

    Any suggestions for making this in a crock pot?

  • ShannoninMI

    My 14 year old daughter wanted to try making this and I supervised and advised. It turned out amazing, better than OG. We sautéed chicken breast to add in, used a pinch of celery seed in place of celery, used a teaspoon of garlic powder instead of fresh garlic, added an extra cup of broth, used whole wheat gnocchi, thinly sliced the carrots, used chopped frozen spinach, and used half milk and then half and half. It was not bland at all. I wondered if those who found it dull had cooked the gnocchi separately, as that would be important. Another important step, I think, is to brown the roux to get that toasty flavor. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Stephanie Manley

      I think you have to cook the roux carefully, if you try to rush through it, I think it makes it taste on the raw side.

  • KAT27

    TURNED OUT WONDERFUL!

  • selfproclaimedbookworm

    Wow, I’m so excited to try this! Thanks for the recipe! I was wondering if this would be good as a thicker soup? If so, how would you make a thicker version?

    • stephaniemanley

      I would add some additional flour, but I don’t know that it is necessary. I think if you read the comments, you will see the soup if fairly thick.

  • Morgan

    Obsessed with this soup from Olive Garden and I crave it all the time. Just made your version with nutmeg and 100% whole wheat flour and it is AMAZING.! Keep up the good work!

    • stephaniemanley

      Wow, I am glad it was good with the whole wheat flour!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelleblanz Michelle Blondin Blanz

    Thank you so much for this recipe! It turned out sooo well! My family loved it. I even re-posted it to my blog here – http://lilouwyn.blogspot.com/2012/08/diy-olive-garden-chicken-and-gnocchi.html

  • BeingBeth

    This recipe is sooooo delicious!! I halved the recipe and added some corn and zucchini, and also some red pepper flakes because I needed a little kick. and wowzers was it great! i left mine a little thick, but the next day i added more broth to thin it out and make it stretch a little bit further.. I have never tried OG’s version of this soup, and I can’t imagine it could be any better than this!!! Thanks :)

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Sounds like you had some great add in’s on the soup. I love corn in a soup!

  • A cooking pilgrim

    I have NEVER commented on a recipe, but, this is by far the most delicious recipe I have ever tried~~thank you so much for this one.

  • Kat

    I do not know how people are complaining that it is too bland!! I made this for the first time this evening. I left out the onion (forgot to pick it up) and went with the rotisserie chicken. I did triple the salt, but aside from that, we followed the directions (incl. the nutmeg) and it came out fantastic. Very flavorful and reminiscent of my favorite Olive Garden soup. Super easy to make, especially when you use a food processor to finely ‘chop’ veggies and even the chicken.

    My tips:
    Before I even served the soup, I left out the spinach and let the gnocchi sit on low for about an hour in the soup to give it more flavor. Then added the fresh spinach and served after cooking for an additional 1-2min.

    Creamy soups are always better the next day, so I tend to make mine with a little more broth so that it may not be as thick as generally desired, but it won’t be sludgy when it thickens up over night.

    Definitely will be making this soup on a regular basis. Excited to try the zuppa tuscana one next!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      When I write recipes I always try to dial back my salt. While I am a salt fiend, if I write down amounts that I like folks wonder if I would enjoy a salt lick for my dinner ;) I am glad you enjoyed the soup.

  • Lauren

    We just made this; my grandmother, cousin, and I; without parsley and it tastes amazing. Haven’t had good soup like this in a long time. Great recipe.

  • Ally M

    I want to say Thank you for the Recipe! This is my favorite soup at Olive Garden. I’ve never made homemade soup before so I was nervous. I have to say I’m proud of myself! :-) It’s so tasty!!!! I added more chicken and spinach and used less onions. I love it!!!

  • rainamarl

    I tried making this tonight but it tastes like it is missing something. Whatever it is is missing, I don’t like it without it. Tastes bland.

  • KeeKee

    I always get this from Olive Garden. I made this today & loved it!!! (Maybe even better than O.G.’s!) I definitely will be trying some of your other recipes

  • Avalanche

    I first tasted this soup a few weeks ago at Olive Garden and fell in love with it, then a few days ago I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw a picture and decided to try it. I must say it was
    ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!!! Thank you sooooo much for posting the recipe, and I look forward to trying more of your CopyKat recipes.

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  • Diane

    Love this soup! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Amanda

    My family loved this!! It is a favorite to eat when out and my son and my husband devoured it. Even my toddler gobbled it up! Thanks!!

    • Amanda

      And I should add, I bought my gnocchi at Aldi’s and it was just as good!

  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.longhurst.9 Susan Longhurst

    Wonder if there could be a way to do this in a crockpot so it can cook while im working

  • Bobbie

    oh goodness, I’m stuffed! Doubled the recipe since we are a family of 6. It was better than the last bowl I had at OG. My husband said it must be because everything was fresher, even the gnocchi that I home made because no store around had it. This recipe is going in the keeper pile. LOVEEEEEEEEEE D IT!!!! thankyou :)

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I am so glad your family enjoyed this recipe. I love it when you find a recipe that is a keeper!

  • Jess

    Try using kale instead of spinach.. It is more like Olive Garden’s and it saves better in the soup than the spinach.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Great tip Jess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christine.w.eaton Christine Woods Eaton

    Used this recipe tonight for my family….and it was delicious! Taste like Olive Garden’s except I was able to add more chicken! Thank you for sharing!

  • 772gem

    Delicious!!! added a little extra spice and it was perfect! Thank you for sharing!

  • Lauren

    I was thinking of making this for my daughters birthday party, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to what to make with it for another option?

  • http://www.facebook.com/debra.hennig Debra Adamson Hennig

    WONDERFUL Recipe! Followed it exactly and loved it as did the ladies I served it to. Thanks for this great recipe! FIVE STARS from me!

  • Jaclyn.

    I have a pound of gocchi i got at a farmers market is that enough?

    • Stephanie Manley

      I personally think it would be enough. You may have a little less, but it should be ok.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dberridge Danielle Berridge

      That’s how much I use :)

  • Shals

    Didn’t have celery and parsley …I used celery celery seeds instead ….didn’t exactly taste the same …I new to these spices

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  • cook aholic

    I also added 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon base because it tasted like it was missing something. so with the base I feel that it taste just like olive garden!

  • amandamoe78

    I made this tonight for my family (1 hubby, a slightly picky 4 year old, and a “will eat what ever is in front of him” 1 year old. I am incredibly happy with the results with very few adjustments. I had to use poultry seasoning as I had no thyme on hand and I threw in a few chicken bouillons to increase the flavor. Followed everything else down to a T! And it was FABULOUS! We enjoyed it with salad and a crusty loaf of bread. Everyone cleaned their bowls and asked for seconds. Thanks again!!!

  • Windycline

    For the thyme and parsley is that fresh or dried? Love this soup at olive garden can’t wait to try it.

  • Hotbizkit92

    I followed this EXACT recipe and found it very, very bland. It tasted nothing like Olive Garden’s chicken gnocchi (I would know, i go there at least once a week). I appreciate the recipe anyway but I had to add more seasonings so my family could enjoy it. I’m just letting everyone know in case they had their heart set on making it just like olive garden like I had

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  • Alexisandjohn1

    I am looking for the recipe for Tu Tu Tango’s Beef Napolean and can’t find it anywhere. Does anyone know how to make this?

  • Haleyk3

    How rude….. As u can read there’s sooooo many positive remarks. If ya don’t have anything nice to say keep it to yourself. This is so yummy maybe you didn’t make correctly:)

    • Cyndi

      It’s okay to express an opinion for or against something.

  • Rosemary LeBlanc

    I thank you so much for your Copy Cat recipes… I have a friend who I have been extorting manual labor out of in EXCHANGE for half gallon containers of these Copy Cat recipes… I hope I am not stepping on toes, or in the wrong place to mention these, but so far I have used the Zuppa Toscanna copy cat recipe, and the Butternut Squash Bisque recipe… Anyway, I am convinced that this gnocchi soup will come out as wonderful too. I am going to try my hand at home made gnocchi, as I said if Andy Garcia was able to achieve success with them in one of the God Father movies, then I am sure that I could make them too. thank you for your wonderful site… Rosemary LeBlanc

  • Arpy

    What’s the best way to reheat this soup?

  • Kmcampbell1821

    I made this and it calls for WAYYYYYY too much half anf half. I looked at two other recipes and it calls for 2 cups of half and half vs 1 quart (4 cups).

    • Stephanie Manley

      Every cook has their own interpretation of a recipe, I think this recipe is very solid. You can see that many people also enjoyed the recipe. One thing if for certain when you cook, you can modify the recipe to your personal tastes.

  • Felicianom49

    Loved it!! It tastes just like OG’s !!! Thanks for the recipe:)

  • Medezigns

    I have substituted the gnocchi with mini ravioli, and have added crushed cayenne pepper for a little kick! YUM!

  • amuffledscream

    I don’t think the thyme belongs in here at all, definitely out of place in this soup. Other than that, it’s a great recipe.

    • Stephanie Manley

      Thank you for your comment, I think I touch of thyme adds something to the soup, but whenever we prepare a recipe at home, we can make additions or subtractions as we choose.

  • hailey

    I just made the soup. I actually work at olive garden and love this soup so I decided to make it. I used twice as much carrots, spinach and more gnocchi. It is so good. I also used twice as much for the spices as well as used a half cube of chicken bouillon because it tasted a little bland. I let it simmer for a little while and that really made the spices come out. It is pretty close to Olive Garden’s soup except I think they use a very small amount of bacon in their recipe.

  • Krystal

    im in love! i made my own gnocchi so alittle more time consuming but so worth it, it was my husbands fathers day dinner!

  • Robert

    I’m making this today!!

  • Didiromero

    My 14 year old and I are making a new dish each week. This is her favorite dish at OG. We made it with half of the chicken broth and used rotissire chicken. It was amazing! We will definitely add it to our list of favorite recipes!

    • Stephanie Manley

      I am so glad you and your family enjoyed this soup!

    • Chris D

      I also used rotisserie chicken and it added wonderful flavor!

    • Dslot

      I have used rotissire chicken as well. This actually adds a lot of flavor.

  • willyjj

    I made my own Gnocchi ..Easy to do,freezes well and one recipe makes enough for four batches of soup..
    Go out on Internet and look for Italian potato dumpling recipe. [Gnocchi]