Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe

Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi soup is one of the most popular soup recipes. This Olive Garden copycat recipe is a rich soup with roasted tender chicken, soft pillowy gnocchi, shredded carrots, celery, and fresh spinach in a warm bowl of goodness. Hands down, this is one of my favorite Olive Garden copycat recipes. You can prepare this comforting soup for the whole family.  If you love gnocchi, you will love this soup.

Copycat Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup in two bowls.


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Easy copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi soup recipe

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

The Chicken and Gnocchi soup will taste like you spent hours at the stove, making your family a delightful chicken and potato gnocchi soup. You can make this soup in about 30 minutes.

Everyone Loves Chicken and Gnocchi soup

Why does everyone love this recipe? I  think this is one of those chicken soup recipes everyone loves because it is made with tender gnocchi, juicy chicken, fresh carrots and celery, and a perfectly seasoned chicken broth. To accompany this soup, make salad and breadsticks with this classic Olive Garden dish.

Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Ingredients

I love this easy gnocchi soup, which uses simple ingredients. In no time at all, your entire family will fall in love with this soup that you made in the comfort of your own home. Go to the recipe card for the exact quantities and steps to make this recipe. 

  • Butter – you can use either salted butter or unsalted butter 
  • Olive oil – is used to saute the onions and celery 
  • 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 celery adds a beautiful earthy flavor 
  • Fresh garlic – to make the best soup, use fresh garlic so the flavor sings through 
  • All-purpose flour – this is used to make a roux, the base of your creamy soup. 
  • Half and half—I recommend using half and half instead of whole milk; it reheats better. If you want something completely decadent, swap the half-and-half for heavy cream.
  • Low-sodium chicken broth – I would use it if you have homemade broth. 
  • Dried thyme – adds a beautiful earthy flavor 
  • Dried parsley flakes – add a lovely pop of color to your recipe
  • Ground Nutmeg – enhances the flavor of your soup 
  • Shredded carrots – you can purchase carrot matchsticks to make this easy  
  • Cooked chicken breast – If you have leftover rotisserie chicken, I 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.
  • 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 love this with mini gnocchi.
  • Spinach – regular spinach is fine, but I prefer fresh baby spinach.
Ingredients for copycat Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup.

Should you use store-bought or homemade gnocchi?

Store-bought gnocchi is perfect for this recipe. You can take the extra step in preparing homemade gnocchi, but premade potato gnocchi works well. Gnocchi can be found in a couple of different places in your supermarket, and you do have options to purchase them. 

  • Many local stores sell shelf-stable potato gnocchi in the pasta aisles. I have purchased this at Walmart and Kroger, and I have been told that some dollar stores carry gnocchi. 
  • I have seen fluffy gnocchi sold in the fresh sections of higher-end grocery stores, where you would pick up a prepared meal.
  • I have even found it available in the grocery store’s frozen section.

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

How to make Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi

It is straightforward to make this Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi soup recipe. You will find that all of the ingredients are very common in your average grocery store.

First, you will sauté the vegetables in butter over medium-high heat. Then, add some flour and cook that through. You will then add the half-and-half and chicken broth. Bring it to a low boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.

Cooked chicken and gnocchi are added to your seasoned broth and vegetables. Adjust your seasoning, and you will be ready to serve this soup in less than an hour.

Collage of making copycat Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup.

Can you use a Crockpot for this recipe?

Yes, you can. I 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, except the kale, chicken, seasonings, and stock, into the crockpot. Cook on low for 4 hours. Shred the chicken, add the remaining ingredients, and cook for another hour.

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

Overhead view of copycat Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup in two bowls.

How to Store and Reheat Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

  • Refrigerate any leftover soup for up to 5 days 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.

Can you freeze copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup?

Yes, you can freeze this soup. The soup stays well in the freezer for several months when stored in an airtight container. Thaw the soup in the refrigerator overnight.

Copycat Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup on a spoon over a bowl of it.

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Copycat Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup in two bowls.

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

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  1. Vicki

    5 stars
    Made this in my instapot, think I cooked it to long. The gnocchi pretty much disappeared and the cream looked like it curddeled. But the taste was delicious. Thank you! Next time I make this it will be on the stove. And I will make it again.

  2. Naomi

    THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE! My household LOVES it! Wanted to let you know that during lent I swap out for veggie stock, sea snacks seaweed in place of spinach, and frozen precooked shrimp! You should try it!

  3. Emily

    I’ve made this so many times and have started to crave it when I think of soup! My household is all picky so we leave out the onions and use powder, and I chop the spinach and carrots very small so we can barely tell they’re there (my way of sneaking veggies in on us!). It’s so good!! Definitely one of my favorites and easy to find substitutions if I don’t have the exact ingredients on hand

  4. Alexis

    5 stars
    I think the recipe was absolutely perfect! It tasted even better than the Olive Garden recipe. I used half and half, next time I may try heavy cream. The amount of spices were perfect for me.

  5. Tammy

    5 stars
    This soup is fantastic!! I did not add the salt( personal choice)… but dang is this good!! I am pairing it with a wheat bread bread. I will be making it again!!!

  6. Tammy L Grabenstein

    5 stars
    This soup is amazing! This is my second time making it! I followed exactly but added a little extra celery and carrots and chicken and garlic. My husband really loved it and asked for it again.

  7. Melba Barcena

    5 stars
    I have made several of your recipes and all of them have been delicious. My husband always says that they are better than the original version. Thank you for your recipes.

    • Melissa Yancy

      I omitted the thyme. I think it tasted extremely close to Olive Garden!!! I’m not sure, unless I had them side by side if I could even tell them apart!! Thank you so much for this recipe!!

  8. Leslie Spann

    It tastes exactly the same, I loved it!! I did add a large spoonful of chicken flavor Better Than Bouillon just to put it over the top.

  9. Patty

    5 stars
    I made the soup, including adding the optional nutmeg. Doubled the spinach and only added two cups of half and half. It was crazy delicious. Thank you for putting out the recipe.

  10. Paula Jewett

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Made Triple batch for a church function and everyone raved about it and wanted the recipe

  11. Kim

    Decided to make this for a big family & friends dinner, so I quadrupled the recipe, probably my first mistake. It has an overwhelming bitterness to it. I’m assuming from the spinach. I have added citrus juice, extra salt, extra onions, pepper and have continued simmering it. It has gotten rid of some of the bitterness, but still way too bitter for my taste. Any suggestions to help combat it so I don’t end up throwing all of this food away? More half and half? More citrus? Please help!

  12. Deb

    3 stars
    I love the Olive Garden chicken and gnocchi. It is my favorite. made this recipe tonight. It was just decent but did not taste like Olive Garden. soup to me. The thyme was overwhelming. Not sure if I would make it again but it is definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a easy weeknight recipe.

    • Stephanie Manley

      I am so sorry you found 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme too much for your taste. I wouldn’t have thought 1/2 teaspoon would have overwhelmed a whole pot of soup. I will take your comments into consideration for further recipe development.

      • Jamie

        5 stars
        Hi Stephanie,

        I agree. This recipe was great! And it got very close, but I would say it needs half the amount of thyme. Olive Garden’s is pretty bland, and I found this amount to overpower other flavors in the soup.

        Thank you though for this!

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