Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

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No need to spend hours at the stove slaving away for this recipe, 30 minutes in all you need for this Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden Copycat Recipe. This has been one of the most popular recipes on my blog for years. Try it, I know you'll love it! 
Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden Copycat Recipe
Go on, take a bite. 😉

Cook's Note for Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden Copycat Recipe:

  • You can “lighten” this soup by using 2 cups of half and half and 2 cups of milk. I bet you can even use just milk and it’ll still taste great.
  • For this recipe you can cook up your chicken breasts and then dice them, or you can you can shred some rotisserie chicken (this is what I did).
  • You can find the gnocchi in a couple of different places in your supermarket, my local stores sells shelf stable potato gnocchi where dry pasta is sold. In high-end grocery stores I have seen this sold in the fresh sections where refrigerated ravioli or tortellini are sold.
Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden Copycat Recipe
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A fantastic copycat recipe of Olive Garden's Chicken & Gnocchi Soup. The best part, it's ready in 30 minutes!
  • 4 T butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, small diced
  • 1 C celery, small diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 quart half and half
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1½ cup carrots, finely shredded
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon parsley
  • 1 cup chicken, cooked and diced
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese – for garnish
  • 1 pound package gnocchi
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. In a large soup pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and lightly browned around the edges, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds.
  2. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk to combine. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in the flour until there are no more lumps and simmer until thickened.
  3. Slowly whisk in the half and half and simmer until thickened, about 4-6 minutes. Whisk in the chicken broth and simmer until thickened again, about 2-4 minutes.
  4. Add the Carrots, spinach leaves, thyme, parsley, chicken, and gnocchi. Continue to cook until all the ingredients are just heated through.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, serve.
Source: adapted from CopyKat

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Below are my original photos when I made this soup a few years back. I finally got around to updating the pictures.


    • says

      Julie, you just made my day with your comment! I am SO glad your family loved the soup, it’s one of my favorites as well. Hope to see you here again soon. :)

  1. Debbie Toloczko says

    Made this few days ago and I was good when I tasted it. We sat down three days later to enjoy and it took on a whole different meaning
    It was the bomb! It was right on after a few days five star from a person who makes homemade soup weekly year round.n

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