Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup – Copycat

The Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi soup is one of the most popular Olive Garden soup recipes. This rich soup has This warm bowl of goodness features roasted tender chicken, soft pillowy gnocchi, shredded carrots, celery, and fresh spinach. Hands down, this is one of my favorite Olive Garden copycat recipes of all time.

This is an Olive Garden favorite, but this soup is so good you are going to want to make make a double batch of this soup every time you make it.

Homemade Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup in a bowl with bread and butter behind it..

The Chicken and Gnocchi soup is going to taste like you spent hours at the stove making your family a delightful chicken and potato gnocchi soup. You can make this soup in less than 30 minutes.

Everyone Loves Chicken and Gnocchi soup

Hands down this has been one of my most popular recipes at CopyKat.com. You can read through the comments and you can see how many people just love this soup. It is easy to make and it tastes great.

Actually, all of my Olive Garden Recipes are pretty popular. Most people seem to just love the Olive Garden menu items.

A lot of people ask me if you can freeze this soup? Yes, you can. So go ahead and make up a batch of this soup and store the extra in your freezer.

You will soon fall in love with this delicious soup. Don’t forget to make some salad and breadsticks to go with this classic dish from the Olive Garden.

Should you use storebought or homemade gnocchi?

Storebought gnocchi is perfect for this recipe. You can take the extra step in preparing homemade gnocchi, but premade potato gnocchi works well. You can find the gnocchi in a couple of different places in your supermarket.

  • My local stores sell shelf-stable potato gnocchi in the pasta isles.
  • In higher-end grocery stores, I have seen this sold in the fresh sections where you would pick up a prepared meal.
  • I have even found it available in the frozen section of the grocery store as well.

Either type of gnocchi will work well. Your family will really love this. Have a hard time finding gnocchi? Make your own homemade potato gnocchi.

How to Make Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi

It is very simple to make the Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi soup, you will find that all of the ingredients are very common in your average grocery store.

This recipe begins sauteing the vegetables in butter, and then you add some flour and cook that through. You will then add in the half-and-half and chicken broth.

Cooked chicken and gnocchi gets added to your seasoned broth and vegetables. You can then adjust your seasoning and you will be ready to serve this soup in about an hour.

Can you freeze copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup?

Yes, you can freeze this soup. The soup stays well in the freezer for a couple of months when stored in an air-tight container.

Can you use a Crockpot for this recipe?

Yes, you can. I personally like to saute the vegetables first before I prepare the soup. You don’t need to do that if you like.

Simply place all of the vegetables with the exception of the kale, chicken, seasonings, and stock into the crockpot. Cook on low for 4 hours. Shred the chicken, add in the remaining ingredients and cook for another hour.

If the soup is too thin for you, make a cornstarch slurry of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons of water. Stir the cornstarch slurry into the soup and turn the crockpot on high and stir until the soup has thickened.

Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup
Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Ingredients

I love this delicious recipe is made with simple ingredients. In no time at all your entire family is going to fall in love with this soup that you made in the comfort of your own home.

  • Butter – you can use either salted butter or unsalted butter
  • Olive oil
  • White onion – I like the white onion for this recipe, it tends to be a bit sweeter and has less heat than yellow onion.
  • Celery
  • Fresh garlic
  • All-purpose flour
  • Half and half – I recommend using half and half instead of milk, it reheats better, if you want something completely decadent swap the half and half for heavy cream.
  • Low sodium Chicken broth – if you have homemade broth, I would recommend this
  • Dried thyme
  • Dried parsley flakes
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Shredded carrots
  • Cooked chicken breast – if you have leftover rotisserie chicken I would suggest this, the Olive Garden does not use this, but it is an opportunity to drive up the flavor. Also, this recipe can be made with cooked chicken thighs as well.
  • Potato Gnocchi – my keto friends will swap out the gnocchi for cauliflower gnocchi, Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi is a favorite. If you can find it some people really love this with mini gnocchi.
  • Spinach – regular spinach is fine but my personal preference is for fresh baby spinach

How to Store and Reheat Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

  • Refrigerate any leftover soup for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months in an airtight container.
  • Reheat – this creamy soup is best reheated in a large pot on the stove over low heat. This way the creamy broth won’t break down.

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Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi soup in a bowl

Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Grab a large pot and make some of this delicious soup, it has pillowy soft potato gnocchi, tender chicken, carrots, and more.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup, Olive Garden Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 369kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart half-and-half
  • 28 ounces chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 cup carrots finely shredded
  • 1 cup spinach leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chicken breast cooked, and diced
  • 16 ounces package ready-to-use gnocchi

Instructions

  • Melt the butter and olive oil in a large pot or a Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onion, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until the onion becomes translucent. 
  • Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute. Whisk in the half-and-half. Simmer until thickened.
  • Whisk in the chicken broth. Simmer until thickened again. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, thyme, parsley, nutmeg (if using), shredded carrots, spinach, chicken, and gnocchi.
  • Simmer until the soup is heated through. Before serving, season with additional salt, if necessary.

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Notes

  • You can use leftover roitisserie chicken for extra flavor
  • You may want to use less thyme than suggested
  • Some gnocchi is very large, you can cut these pieces in half
  • You may want to add additional salt to the final soup, this soup does not have a lot of salt in it, especially if you use low-sodium chicken broth

Nutrition

Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 695mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3645IU | Vitamin C: 11.9mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 2.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Linda K

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe & perfect the way it is. I wouldn’t change a single thing making it again. It was even better day 2 😉

  2. Milissa

    5 stars
    I have tried a several different recipes for this soup. Finally! This one is the winning copycat recipe. Thank you! So good and I am happy 😁

  3. Coleen

    5 stars
    Sooo good! Made exactly as printed with leftover grilled chicken I had on hand. Do NOT leave out the nutmeg!! That is a key ingredient! I added extra salt at the end and some shredded parm on top! Amazing!

  4. Marquisha

    Did you boil the shelf stable gnocchi before adding it to soup – is its original package says -or just let it cook in the soup?

  5. Bobbie

    5 stars
    I’ve made this soup several times and I can attest that you will want to make this soup again, it will be a favorite, will be a constant in your recipe rotation, and you’ll definitely double the recipe. It leaves Olive Garden’s version in the dust! Thank you for this recipe!

    • Allison

      5 stars
      I made this using rotisserie chicken (you can get fully cooked ones at Walmart) and I made this without the celery since my boyfriend hates celery, lol. I used a little more flour to thicken the soup and it came out amazing. So creamy and filling! Definitely going to make this again!

  6. Desi

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe and left it in a crockpot on warm with lid off to thicken up before dinner.

  7. Maddi

    5 stars
    I have been trying to find the recipe to reflect the Olive Garden soup and this is it! This is always my go to on cold winter days in Iowa. Thanks!!

  8. Anna

    5 stars
    Former OG waitress here. The scent and taste is engrained in my memory, and this is absolutely spot on. Woh! Made my own gnocchi using leftover mashed potatoes. Forgot to add the spinach at the end and noticed only after polishing off the leftovers. Don’t skip the nutmeg, it’s what gives it the signature flavor. Who knew?!

  9. Meghan

    5 stars
    Delicious!!!! I used 2 cans of cooked chicken (drained and rinsed off the ‘broth’ to keep the sodium lower), 1 can of chopped spinach (only because I had the can!!! Normally I would have used chopped fresh baby spinach) and I cut the carrots instead of shredding them.
    The flavor is amazing and spot on to the OG version!!! I will definitely recommend this recipe (& website) to everyone!!

  10. Carol B.

    5 stars
    I made this soup without the nutmeg, I added 2 more cups of the spinach leaves…I used extra salt, pepper, fresh parsley and thyme. Next time I will leave out the Gnocchi noodles and just put small cubes of cooked potatoes……..it sure was good and I shared with friends.

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