Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This thick & creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe is so easy to make at home and is filled with savory chicken, gnocchi, spinach, and a hint of garlic. A perfect replica of the Olive Garden version! 

Be sure to try my Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup and my Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup next!

Chicken Gnocchi Soup in a white bowl with a roll in the background.

I think a serious thing for Olive Garden Copycat Recipes. I actually just made their Alfredo sauce the other day. It’s almost too good, just like this soup.

Before we start, you might be wondering…

What is Gnocchi

  • Gnocchi are small dumplings that are typically made from potato and served with sauce.
  • They are typically served as a main course similarly to how pasta would be served.

Where do I find Gnocchi?

  • Gnocchi can be found in the dried pasta aisle at the grocery store.
  • You can also make your own Gnocchi in about 1 hour, with an extra 10 minutes added for cooking time. A homemade version would definitely make this soup that much better.

Storing Leftovers

  • This soup should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Can Chicken Gnocchi Soup be Frozen?

  • Cream-based soups tend to separated after being frozen and reheated, but you can certainly freeze this, I personally don’t mind a slight change in consistency.
  • It’s best to use it within 3 months of freezing.

Can Milk be used instead of Half and Half?

  • Milk can be used as a substitute for half and half in this recipe, however it won’t be as thick or as creamy.

Using Homemade Chicken Stock

Whenever you make homemade soup, I highly suggest using homemade chicken stock. I promise, your cooking will taste ten times better.

Remember that you can always freeze leftover chicken carcass/meat and make chicken stock on a day when you have time! No defrosting necessary!

Homemade chicken stock in a blue soup pot topped with fresh rosemary.

a white bowl full of chicken gnocchi soup on a white plate with a roll in the background.

⭐PRO Tip:⭐ If it doesn’t seem as though your soup is thick at first, it will definitely thicken more as it continues to simmer. You may even find yourself adding a tad more chicken broth to obtain a thinner consistency.

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4.16 from 26 votes
Servings: 6
Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
 
Author: Stephanie
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe

This thick & creamy soup copycat Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup is filled with savory chicken, gnocchi, spinach, and a hint of garlic. An Olive Garden classic made right in your own kitchen!

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup onion diced
  • ½ cup celery diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 14 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 cup carrots shredded
  • 1 Cup fresh spinach chopped
  • 1 + ½ cups diced cooked chicken breast (Rotisserie works well)
  • 16 oz. potato gnocchi (in the pasta isle)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter and the olive oil. Add the diced onion, celery, and minced garlic and heat until tender. Mix in the flour to create a roux and cook for another minute.
  2. Add the chicken broth. Gradually stir in the half and half and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the thyme, carrots, spinach, chicken, and gnocchi, and simmer for another 5 minutes or under the gnocchi is cooked and the soup has thickened. Add salt and pepper if desired and serve!
Recipe Notes

⭐PRO Tip:⭐ If it doesn't seem as though your soup is thick at first, it will definitely thicken more as it continues to simmer. You may even find yourself adding a tad more chicken broth to obtain a thinner consistency.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 373, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 637mg, Potassium: 388mg, Carbohydrates: 39g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 12g, Vitamin A: 4140%, Vitamin C: 10.9%, Calcium: 127%, Iron: 3.6%

Recipe Adapted from: The Recipe Critic

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