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.

INGREDIENTS:

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

INSTRUCTIONS:

  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.

Notes:

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Comments

  1. Dani says

    I LOVE this recipe! I like it better than Olive Garden’s version. Made some with some homemade bread and it was amazing :) Making another batch today to take to our friends who just had a baby. Thank you so much for sharing!

      • Dani says

        5 minutes after leaving, we got a text from the new daddy saying “WOW…so good” and the momma texted me the next day saying it was “SO delicious! Thank you so much” :) needless to say I have passed along the recipe lol

  2. Doris says

    Hello again Reeni!
    Just saw this after my other recent post on the cookies and how did this escape me? Lordy! This is heaven on a plate for sure. I don’t frequent the Olive Garden much (not that it’s not good, I have eaten there before) —I simply have to make this wonderful soup. Have a great day!

    • Reeni says

      Hi Doris! I don’t eat there often either! I love their recipes though! This is one of my family’s favorites – hope you give it a try! :-)

  3. kaley says

    Going to the store to make this tonight! I love this soup at olive garden so im excited to try!!!

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