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.

  • Monique

    This soup was amazing! But the thyme was way too overpowering so I cut in half and my husband and family loved it more

  • Angel

    I made this soup with a few substitutions to make use of ingredients I had on hand rather than spending extra money. I used turkey stock as I had just made some from turkey bones leftover from a previous meal and turkey breast from the same. Also I used evaporated milk instead of half and half.
    Of course with the turkey it had a different flavor but it was still delicious and when I served it to my family everyone took seconds. I am definitely adding this to my recipe box.

    • Stephanie Manley

      I am glad to hear this recipe worked out so well for you. Others have told me it tastes great with turkey too. I think this would be a great way to use up left over turkey.

  • alex

    what is something good for a side?

    • Stephanie Manley

      I would serve this with a salad or even bread. I know it sounds vaguely familiar like the Olive Garden.

  • Wendy W.

    mmmmmm, delicious. I added more salt and a little more chicken broth. But other than that, I think it’s a pretty good match for the real thing. :)

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I am glad to hear your family enjoyed the soup.

    • Stephanie Manley

      Wendy,

      I am glad to hear that you enjoyed this recipe. I hope you try more CopyKat recipes.

  • amy

    My whole family loves this soup. I added rotisserie chicken and it was great.

  • tasteslikehappy

    Made this for my boyfriend tonight, he says he likes this better than the original OG soup!

  • duder

    Its much better if you use full cream instead of half and half, double the garlic and only use 1/4 tsp of thyme 1/2 tsp is overpowering.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maria.goodrich.9 Maria Goodrich

    I have just made this reciepe, for the first time , the flavor is wonderful, I’m making it for a pot luck at our church, so hopefully it goes over well, thanks for all the ideas!!!!

  • Charle green

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    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Charlie, please don’t solicit on my website, or we are going to have the AngryStephanieShow.

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  • L&D RN

    Awesome soup! Used fat free half and half and could not tell the difference! This soup lover is in heaven!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Thank you for suggestion how to make a swap to save calories!

  • Me in Canada

    Just made this and it is perfect. Thank you so much. Love it and I’ve already pinned it.

    • Stephanie Manley

      I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for pinning the recipe!

  • MIkki

    Love this soup, it was excellent!

  • Anne H

    This was outstanding! All four of us LOVED it, including my two teenagers. Not bland at all. I used a rotisserie chicken and TWO packages of gnocchi cause thats how we roll :) Definitely will make this again. Thanks!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/maggie.pinkowskicrocker Maggie Pinkowski Crocker

    This was YUMMMMMMMMYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  • Rochgirl

    This is one of my favorite soups, and I’m making it tonight. My second favorite soup is the chicken enchilada soup from Chili’s….

  • Dslot

    The restaraunt doesn’t use cream at all. Try whole milk instead of half and half. Delicious. Use soy milk and tofu for a vegan version. Don’t be afraid to add more thyme. Two tablespoons flour thickens it well, maybe too much.

    • Stephanie Manley

      I appreciate your suggestion. I just like how half and half reheats. Great suggestions on the vegan version.

  • http://themanthechefthedad.wordpress.com/ Los ~ The Man,The Chef,The Dad

    This is a great recipe. I’ve made it quite a few times now and a few minutes ago posted it on my blog (giving credit where credits due). I’ve been so happy ever since I found this. It has taken away any reason to go back to OG. I’ve never tried it with the nutmeg though, I’m going to have to give that a shot.

    Thanks for posting this!

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  • Tami

    Today while shopping I picked up some gnocchi, When I brought it home and my 4 year old daughter spotted it she got so excited. She begged me to make her favorite “Yucky” as she calls “Gnocci” soup that Olive Garden makes. I have never made the soup before so off to Google I went. When I found this recipe I was very excited about how easy it seemed, And it was! This was a hit in my home. . Only thing I changed was the chicken. I used a store bought already cooked rotisserie chicken. Thank you so much! Because of this recipe my 4 year old has told us that tomorrow when she goes to school she is going to tell all of her friends how her mommy makes the BEST “Yucky” soup ;)

  • Jessica

    Stephanie, This is brilliant! Thank you. Professional, amazing tasting and beautiful. I want to get your book now:)

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Thank you Jessica. This recipe is in my upcoming book that will be released in June. Thank you for your compliments.

  • Amy Dee

    Ok, tried this recipe tonight! Not. Impressed! This would have been much better if it didn’t have the thyme or the nutmeg or both! It took away from the soup with those spices over powering it. this is going pinch by pinch of the recipe . Second it makes a lot so using the mini gnocchi you should due the large gnocchi or two packs of the minis. Also I think it should of had black pepper in it. Mine did (bowl) and it did taste better with it, and from the people who has made this,,, have you had the problem with the soup a bit greenish? Know it comes from the spinach but is there anyway to get that not to happen? The soup was good and all my family eat it with no complaints,they were all saying how good it was…… I am the one who judged itI love the OG and I will make this again, just with my adjustments with it! Any suggestions or comments welcomes, email is fungurl2012@gmail.com

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Sounds like you had a lot of concerns about this recipe. I am not sure how to fully address this recipe to your personal taste. I feel the soup has both spices, and I am only putting in minimal amounts. You are free to adjust, if you want to adjust one, I would remove the time since you do not like the additions of both spices.

      I love that you added black pepper in your own bowl. It is wonderful being able to address your own personal level of seasonings.

      It sounds like your spinach leached some of its water to your own soup. To eliminate this, I would suggest the next time you make your soup you cook it without adding the spinach, and then only add the spinach a moment or two before you serve your soup.

  • kkkk

    This is a keeper. If you like soup and you like the OG gnocchi soup, you will love this recipe. I did cut the half and half with fat free milk and it sill came out creamy. Just a note I cut the recipe in half, I was afraid it would be a lot of soup. The recipe cut in half was plenty for a family of four.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I like how you were able to cut some calories out of this recipe.

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  • maricel

    omg this was a good soup

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    Pickle boy brought me here

  • http://www.facebook.com/perfectly.flawed.sky Rhiannon Konop

    I don’t even know where to start. I made my own broth and gnocchi. I used boneless skinless thigh meat from the store. But other than that I followed the recipe to a T (which is almost unthinkable for me). I almost left the nutmeg out until I was reading through some of the comments. I added all my seasonings, except nutmeg and tasted it. It was ok, but after I added the nutmeg it truly had the depth necessary to be able to compare it to OG. I also made mine a double batch (currently 32 weeks pregnant and this is all I have really craved my entire pregnancy, thank goodness you had this recipe). My picky eating children even said that it was the best meal I have ever made for them. I cannot thank you enough for this recipe and I will have to buy your book! THANK YOU!!!

    • Stephanie Manley

      Well thanks for the lovely compliment. This recipe will be in my upcoming book, not the one that I released in 2010. I am happy that you had good luck with the recipe. It sounds like you went to a lot of work making your own broth and gnocchi. I bet you can hardly wait to be a mom!

  • RHarlan

    This soup was absolutely amazing! Thanks so much for this awesome recipe. If you think this recipe is bland you done something wrong ;-)

  • Iwsowner

    I learned a lot with this recipe. Left unsupervised, chicken will catch on fire. Parakeets do not like smoke detector alarms. Dogs do not like screaming parakeets. Attic fans to clear smoke in Michigan are COLD in January. On the plus side, snowy decks make good places to throw flaming pans. Dogs do like charred chicken. Frozen chicken strips shred nicely. Gnocchi andbutter make everything better. Even with all that, the soup was good! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Tracy She’saBrikhouse

      lmaooooo this made me chuckle!

      • stephaniemanley

        I think this is the best comment I ever received

    • Shenanigans

      This was… just… awesome. I thank you. That was a fabulous review. Insert slow clap with standing ovation.

      • stephaniemanley

        I have to say this was my favorite comment ever as well. Seriously amusing. We have all had cooking adventures like this. I recently had a horrific video shoot. Where the quick meal took 2 hours, I started a small fire, and we had to stop shooting until I could clear the smoke, and figure out how to turn of the smoke alarm in my house.

    • darleen

      cute….thought for the day! Lol!!!!!
      Darleen

    • Coupon Cutter

      This by far is the best review I’ve ever read – glad I came across this recipe…excited to try and also got a laugh as a bonus!

    • AccordingtoHez

      This is hilarious. And weird because I experienced my first ever kitchen fire making this recipe the first time. Maybe it’s not us, but really is the soup! Deliciously worth it though, am I right?

      • stephaniemanley

        Amazing ;) How can a soup be known for causing small kitchen fires? Are you in Michigan too? I thought the soup was pretty tasty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarapunke Sara Donovan Punke

    Amazing! I substituted unsweetened original almond milk for the half and half due to dairy allergies and cut the butter in half with more olive oil. Used corn starch for flour for a gluten free soup. It was sooooo good and my gf/dairy free husband loved it. Even made gf gnocchi. He never had this soup and it is a favorite of mine. So happy to be able to share this with him. Thank-you.

  • yoda2day

    all I can say is YUMMMEEE!!!!! oH MY GOSH.. I made it and it was great.. I read everyone’s suggestions and used all of the ingredients in the recipe.. it really doesn’t take that long to cook once you have all of your ingredients and veggies ready to go..

  • Chantalmomma

    Just made this recipe and its amazing!!

  • Elizabeth

    I LOVE Olive Garden’s Ckn Gnocchi soup! It’s fabulous! But I needed it to be vegetarian this time. So, I used this recipe and increased the veggies by about half, removed the half and half, used cornstarch to thicken (2) 32oz boxes of veggie stock, then added the gnocchi and carrots. Walmart has the mini gnocchi and it was perfect! I did increase the salt to 1 tsp. and after adding all seasonings, I found the first taste to be missing depth. So, I added 1 tsp of pepper and the small amt of nutmeg. I’m glad you added nutmeg to the ingredients b/c it made all the difference along with the pepper. This was completely dairy free, unless there was dairy somewhere in the gnocchi.

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  • Kaci

    Tried making this since I’m so in love with the Olive Garden version. At first, it turned out super bland and potatoe-y tasting. Not good at all. Followed directions, just left out carrots and chicken. I ended up adding a variety of different cheeses, more broth, tons of salt, and it tasted a little better. Still not good as Olive Garden’s, though!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Goodness, I am sorry you had a bad experience. If I understand correctly you left out a one of the main ingredients, the chicken, and you left out the carrots. I write recipes with specific ingredients because they are needed to help the flavor. I don’t know how you are going to interpret my recipe, so I can’t engineer my recipe around your adaptations. As you can see from the comments, many people have loved this recipe when prepared as written. I am sorry it didn’t work out well for you.

  • Sam

    Excellent and easy to make! I also used the rotisserie chicken and added a touch more salt and nutmeg. I will definitely make this one again!

  • Tracy

    Thought I would add my two cents to this ongoing discussion. I left out the nutmeg, because I thought, “Ew…NUTMEG?”…so obviously, from the comments, I missed a richer flavor experience. I have never had this soup @ OG, so I didn’t have anything to compare it to. I would start sauteeing the celery first, then add onion after a few minutes, as I don’t care for crunchy celery. As for chicken, I used rotisserie, as suggested, and used both the light and dark meat. I used most of a package of full-size gnocchi, and I really liked having so much in the bowl. Rather than canned broth, I used a “box” (equal to a quart of broth), and just eyeballed the amounts. I kept adding and adding…and that soup was STILL crazy thick!! Next time I will add even more. I wasn’t sure about was the thyme. I tend to add more seasoning than a recipe calls for, so I probably added a full teaspoon of thyme…TOO much. I’m not sure about that flavor….seems to me that something else would work better, but I can’t put my finger on exactly what. All in all, a DELICIOUS recipe worthy of repeating! Thank you!!!

  • Ms. Tora

    The recipe is fabulous! I used heavy whipping cream instead of half and half and added black pepper in addition to all the other ingredients. Simply outstanding. This was the only reason I went to Olive Garden-and now I can make it at home :)

  • Justin

    Okay, if you say this recipe is tasteless, you straight-up made it incorrectly. Maybe it doesn’t taste exactly like it does at Olive Garden, but maybe in a way, it’s even better. The nutmeg was a nice touch.

    I just used standard chicken breast, sauteed in some butter and olive oil, with a few cooking spices tossed on to impart at least a little flavor to it. One good-sized breast came out to about a cup.

    I was wary about 2 cans of broth, because I do like a thicker soup with a more concentrated taste. But after adding just one can, it was clear I could go for the full 2 cans listed in the recipe, and it still came out plenty thick and creamy. Will definitely add this recipe to my collection. Thanks!

    • vin b

      Olive Gardens is made fresh on site at the restaurant; which means there can be some variance depending on which chef makes it.

      At my local Olive Garden, they make it spicier than I’ve had at other locations. To compare it’s basically this recipe plus some red pepper flakes and extra black pepper. It’s not super hot, but it’s definitely got a spicy warmth to it.

      • stephaniemanley

        I definitely find variation on the soups between locations. Then again, I don’t think you can give 2 cooks the same recipe, and they will taste exactly the same. You often can get very close though.

  • AP

    I love this soup, I make it 2 or 3 times over the winter every year. I’ve started adding my own little changes to it now that I’m familiar with the recipe too. I use 1/2 milk and 1/2 cream with an extra tbsp of flour and I haven’t had a problem that way. I always throw in cooked mushrooms and extra spinach, and my husband loves when I add a fresh diced tomato and a can of condensed tomato soup. We eat it for days!!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      You bring up a great point about cooking at home. You can modify recipes for the way you enjoy them. I love mushrooms so you modification would work well for me! I appreciate you leaving a comment!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenyatta.randolph Kenyatta Randolph

    I tried this recipe today and I LOVE IT! It came out perfect.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I am glad you loved it! Let me know what recipe you are going to try next.

  • Melissa

    Great recipe!!! AWeSOmE!! Identical to the Olive Garden!! To a T!!!!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I love hearing that you really enjoyed the soup! Let me know what recipe you try next.

  • loveavocado

    I love this soup I just made it. it tastes just like olive gardens soup. I wouldn’t change a thing about it thanks so much for the recipe

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I aim to please ;)

  • Sally

    Love it! Soooo good!!!!!

  • alaska

    you forgot rosemary….

  • Brenda

    Can’t wait to try this, making it tomorrow night. I love this soup and our closest Olive Garden is 4 hours away. This looks easy enough for a cook challenged mom. Lol

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  • Dani

    I have made this a couple times, it is wonderful. If you want to freeze some of the soup I would leave out the gnocchi. When we unfroze the soup, they were a bit mushy.