Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Olive Garden Copycat

Fluffy clouds of potato gnocchi, tender bites of chicken and fresh spinach swimming in a sea of thick, rich broth. Another restaurant knock-off. Copycat chicken and gnocchi soup similar to the one served at Olive Garden.

My Mom is a lady who likes to lunch. With friends. Olive Garden is one of her haunts and her favorite is the chicken and gnocchi soup. Of course I had to recreate it for her at home. Which may or may not have been a mistake since she likes mine better.

I have a feeling I’ll be making this a lot. Given my love of soup I don’t mind one single bit. It’s another to add to my repertoire.

You can find potato gnocchi in the refrigerated Italian section of your market and in the pasta aisle and in the frozen foods next to the ravioli. I prefer the fresh, refrigerated type or the frozen.

A rotisserie chicken works well here as does leftover roasted or baked chicken.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve eaten this soup before or not. You’re bound to like it. It’s the kind of soup that hugs you from the inside out and the outside in.

Soup for the soul.

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

 Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Fluffy clouds of potato gnocchi, tender bites of chicken and fresh spinach swimming in a sea of thick, rich broth.


3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth
1 + 1/2 cups half & half
2 cups cooked white meat chicken, shredded or cut into small bites
1 pound potato gnocchi
3 cups fresh baby spinach, stems removed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
fresh grated Parmesan and/or Romano, for serving


  1. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven heat the butter and oil together over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender over medium-low heat about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Sprinkle the flour into the pot and stir into the vegetables, cook 3 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the chicken broth 1 cup at a time, followed by the half & half.
  3. Add the cooked chicken. Bring up to a simmer and maintain for 20 minutes stirring often. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cook the gnocchi separately according to package directions. Add them to the soup along with the spinach. Simmer until spinach is wilted. Stir in basil. Serve with grated cheese.


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  1. Karen Jeffries says

    I have made this several times and it is so good–I like it better than Olive Gardens! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. CynNtwins says

    I love this recipe, my son and I made it and it is just like Olive Gardens Chicken Gnocchi. He even ate all of his soup and he is a picky eater and doesnt like most veggies! Thank you so much for this recipe!!!!

  3. Pati Gulat says

    Absolutely amazing !!! Tastes exactly like OG….I will be making this often. Yuuuuuuuum-yuuuuuuuuuum !!!!!

  4. kristal says

    This soup is AMAZING!!!! Better than OG! I doubled the recipe and made it exactly as stated in recipe, using a rotisserie chicken,and,WHOA AMAZING!! Thank,you for thus yummy,recipe!

  5. RealReviewer says

    My MIL and I meet at the Olive Garden at least once a month for their soup and salad luncheon special and we LOVE their chicken gnocci soup. We’d eat 3 bowls at the restaurant and even ask for a bowl to-go !! I found your recipe on line and just made a huge pot. OMG — TO DIE FOR !!! LOVE IT! I was so excited, I called my MIL and told her I’m bringing her some tomorrow. Thank you for sharing this amazing soup :-)

    • Reeni says

      Thanks for the rave review! Isn’t it great to be able to make it at home whenever you want to!? Enjoy! Happy New Year! :-)

  6. Christine says

    Thank you so much for sharing this excellent recipe. I doubled it and am very happy I did – some to have and some to share. It’s creamy but doesn’t taste heavy and it is full of great flavor.

  7. RissaJaneen says

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I made it today for my mom and I, and it came out great! I did it without the onions or spinach and just added extra carrots and celery. I’m not much of a cook, so I appreciated such an easy to follow recipe!

  8. Paige says

    I LOVE to make soup and have collected several amazing recipes. I made this one last week for my family because my daughter loves the OG version. This recipe went to the top of our favorites list immediately! I’m making it again tonight because we have house guests coming for a visit.
    Thank you so much for the recipe. It’s definitely a keeper.

  9. Jim says

    This was a very good recipe. The combination of the Chicken broth and the flour roux + half and half or cream soup starter makes for a very creamy soup. I used smoked Turkey from Thanksgiving left overs and added crumbled bacon, 1/2 tsp. oregano, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, dried thyme leaves. Some of these other spice ingredients are from other recipes. I also used the bacon grease with a bit added olive oil for the sauté. I did not use the spinach. Overall, very happy with the recipe. Yum. This is a flexible recipe.

    • Jaime R. says

      this sounds really good!! I was looking to see if I could sub for Turkey because well, I have a bunch of it left over from christmas LOL. I am definitely going to use some bacon…can never have enough bacon in my diet!! Thanks for your version! this is being made today :)

  10. Kate says

    No doubt your mother likes your version better, I worked at Olive Garden for years and they do not use rotisserie chicken. It comes in a box labeled “chicken parts”. But aside from the chicken, I always ate this soup on breaks when I could. I’ve been wanting to find a way to make it taste just as good, but with more natural ingredients. Thanks for posting.

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