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. Stephanie says

    Made it tonight for dinner for my husband and teenage daughter. Delicious!!! We all loved it. This is our favorite soup at Olive Garden so I could not wait to try it. I added homemade potato gnocchi based on a recipe I found on smittenkitchen.com that did not require a ricer. The only change I made was to sprinkle in dry basil instead of fresh because I did not have any. Highly recommend this recipe! Thanks!

  2. Tani says

    I made this soup today I followed the instructions step by step, it came out amazing! Taste exactly like Olive Garden’s chicken gnocchi. Yum! 2 thumbs up!

  3. Kelsey says

    Just made this with pheasant and turkey I shot earlier in the year and it came out fantastic. Everyone loved it and I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for posting it!

  4. Jai-Lei says

    I’m so excited t try this out!!! I haven’t made it yet but I know it will taste great! I saw someone making this on youtube and they said it tastes exactly the same. I’m 13 but I love to cook and this is my favorite soup of all time I’m so glad I can make this at home! thank you very much for this recipe! :)

  5. theresa hewson says

    I made this tonight for dinner and it was even better than olive garden s. I intended it to be a starter for the meal and my family ate so much they could not eat the main course. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  6. Karen says

    I loved it, my Husband hates soup and had 2 bowls. I want to freeze the left overs is it possible and how long will it keep

    • says

      That’s great! Thank you! :-) It should be ok for a month or two frozen – heat it up slowly because sometimes the half & half can separate.

      • Karen says

        Awesome, Thanks for making my Day, I will be freezing them in a mason jar so I a
        can pop it out and take it to work.I found a new soup to fall in love with

  7. Canvas says

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for this recipe.

    I fell in love with the chicken gnocchi soup at Olive Garden after trying it for the first time last year. My love is so intense, that I often end up packing my entire entree up to eat at home, because I tend to stuff myself with soup instead. Unfortunately, we live 45 minutes away from the nearest OG, and I can’t really justify the drive when all I really want is a bowl (or five) of their soup… So after some pretty strong cravings this weekend, I decided to hit the interwebs for something similar. I didn’t expect to find something almost *exactly* like it, but when I saw the picture above your recipe, I knew this was IT.

    Sure enough, this is pretty much identical to OG’s soup– only better! For one, I didn’t need to bust out my dusty bottle of BP-medication after eating it. (I kid, I kid… But no, really.) Even my salt-loving 11-year-old said she liked it better than the OG soup she *adores* because mine it is less salty. Hehe. The other improvement was that I could control the quality of chicken using this recipe at home, and that ends up making a pretty big difference. (The chicken in OG’s soup was always questionable to me… and then I just read a comment from an employee saying that the label reads “chicken parts”, so… um… no thank you.) Finally, the best part for me was watching my incredibly picky-6-year-old gobble her bowl up and *ask for seconds*. That almost never happens. She has actually tried OG’s chicken gnocchi before, but wasn’t able to finish her portion even after dubbing it “not bad”. Of course, she said mine was WAY better because there were less veggies. LOL! Truthfully, there were plenty of veggies, but I cut them up so tiny that she didn’t even notice or care. I expected her to say something about all the globs of spinach floating around in her bowl, but she never made a peep. The soup was THAT good.

    TL;DR version: I just wanted to say thank you SO much because this recipe was a complete success!

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