Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

This is an easy to prepare recipe, but it is going to taste like you spent hours at the stove making this Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden Copycat Recipe. 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 higher end grocery stores I have seen this sold in the fresh sections where refrigerated ravioli or tortellini are sold.  
You can also “lighten” this soup by using 2 cups of half and half and 2 cups of milk. I bet you can even substitute milk for the half and half all together and it’ll taste great.

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

1 C chicken breasts, cooked and diced (you can use a rotisserie chicken)
4 T butter
4 T flour
1 quart half and half
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
1 C celery, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 C carrots, finely shredded
1 1/2 C onion, finely diced
1 C fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
1 T extra virgin oil
1/2 t thyme
1/2 t parsley
Freshly grated parmesan cheese – optional
1 pound potato gnocchi – can buy this in the gourmet section of many

Sauté the onion, celery, and garlic in the butter and olive oil, over medium heat when the onion becomes translucent, add the flour, and make a roux, let the butter and flour mixture cook for about a minute before adding 1 quart of half and half.
Cook gnocchi according to package directions.
Into the roux add in the carrots and chicken. Once the mixture becomes thick add the chicken broth. Once the mixture thickens again, add the cooked gnocchi, spinach, and seasonings, simmer until soup is heated through.
 Makes 6 servings
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  1. This looks tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Please stop! you’re making me so hungry!!!
    This looks amazing!!!

  3. I always love finding copy cat recipes! I will definitely have to give this one a try! Thank you for linking up to Katie’s Cucina weekly link party!

  4. I bought some gnocci to try from the grocery store, but wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. This sounds delicious. Thanks!


  5. Yum! Thanks for sharing. I had this at Olive Garden and actually was disappointed and said to myself “I bet I could make this at home and make it better”. I’m going to try your recipe!!! I LOVE gnocchi

  6. I found pre-cooked vacuum sealed Gnocchi at my local Dollar Tree!

  7. this is the best soup but i cant seem to get it totally perfect im not giving up its yhe best soup ever

  8. I halfed the veggies and doubled the meat for my husband who LOVES this soup at Olive Garden. I also used 2 c. of half&half with 2 c. of 2%Milk. He loved it! It smelled great and he was so excited! Thanks so much for a happy and full husband!

  9. I almost doubled the vegetables and used tofu as an alternative to the chicken. The whole family loved it and got seconds! Yum!! Thanks.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I’m looking for the recipe for Carrabba’s Blackberry Sangria….

  11. My daughter made this soup for me the last time she came to visit. The best soup I’ve ever tasted! All it needed was a little salt and it was perfect!

  12. Brenda,
    Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! :)

  13. Sharon Owens says:

    My husband loves Olive Garden’s chicken and gnocchi soup. This recipe sounds so easy! Also, I have those same bowls. So, I’m going to have to make this!

  14. I made this soup for my fussy “gourmet cook” husband. We both loved it and it tasted just like the soup I had at Olive Garden. I made home-made gnocchi and it was wonderful! thanks for the recipe. Maryann

  15. Had this at Olive Garden, was one if the best soup I have ever had.

  16. Cassandra Bladen says:

    You have made my day. I have been goingto the resturant twice a week for this soup. I am making it for dinner and freezer tomorrow. You have saved me big bucks!!!!

  17. What does one quart of half and half mean?

  18. Can you cook this in the crock pot?

  19. I just finished eating this, & it was quite good. Mine thickened up, so it was more like a stew. Since the receipe doesn’t call for salt & pepper, you have to season to taste.

  20. You can find gnocchi at Aldis and it is really good!

  21. So good! But a lot thicker than olive gardens – too much flour maybe? Or maybe Next time I might try doing half milk and half half-and-half like another commenter mentioned. Anyway it tasted delicious, just like olive gardens :) thanks for the recipe!

  22. I even added a lb. of button mushrooms ,

  23. christina p says:

    This looks yummy. I must try this sometime! Thanks for the post. I might try adding mushrooms in this too!

  24. says:

    My husband LOVES Olive Garden’s version of this soup so I decided to give it a try on a cold winter’s day. He said this recipe is just as yummy. I used real butter and half & half, so it wasn’t low cal or low fat, but it was super high in flavor. I’ll definitely make it again. Wondering if it would freeze well.

  25. Shirley says:

    As a newcomer to this site, I am curious as to how to make homemade gnocci that doesn’t taste doughy. Any chance that someone will take pity on me and give me some tips? I would be most grateful. AS you see, I didn’t even spell it right. Can’t wait to try the soup!! Thanks for any help.
    Shirley, North Olmsted OH

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