Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

10.20.2018

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is the coziest way to warm up this season! It’s filled with lots of potato gnocchi dumplings, tender pieces of chicken, fresh colorful veggies (like spinach and carrots) and it’s all bathing in a rich and creamy broth. You just can’t go wrong with this soup!

Chicken Gnocchi Soup in a single serve red bowl set over a red plate. Soup includes gnocchi dumplings, carrots, celery, spinach, chicken and a creamy broth.

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Does soup get any more comforting than this? This Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup makes for the perfect dinner any day of the week and it’s definitely one of those recipes everyone can agree on.

It’s the perfect ending to a long work day or busy day with the family and it’s one pot soup that comes together quickly. It’s hearty and filling and it has such a great flavor!

It’s Even Better Than Olive Garden’s!

I will always love Olive Garden’s soup, salad and breadsticks. So today I’ve finally finished off the last of the four copycat Olive Garden Soups with this recipe and of course the homemade version is even better!

Overhead close up image of chicken gnocchi soup in a large pot. Soup includes gnocchi dumplings, carrots, celery, spinach, chicken and a creamy broth.

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • Veggies – onion, carrot, celery, garlic, spinach
  • Fats – olive oil, butter
  • Liquids – chicken broth, milk, cream
  • Seasonings – rosemary, thyme, nutmeg, S&P
  • Chicken breasts
  • Gnocchi
  • Flour

How to Make Chicken Gnocchi Soup

  • Saute onion, carrots, celery in pot in oil. Saute garlic briefly.
  • Add broth, seasonings and chicken and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer until chicken is cooked through.
  • Meanwhile cook butter and flour then stir in milk, stir and let boil.
  • Shred chicken.
  • Cook gnocchi in soup
  • Stir in milk mixture, shredded chicken and spinach. Heat through.

Chicken Gnocchi Soup in a large red pot.

Tips for This Recipe

  • Dice veggies small so they’ll cook through in time.
  • Use fresh spinach for best results, skip the frozen kind here. It will turn out mushy.
  • Substitute shredded rotisserie chicken her in place of cooking the chicken in the soup. Cook veggies until tender and add chicken after cooking gnocchi.
  • I used a store-bought gnocchi this time (just the shelf stable kind) but to make it even better look for frozen gnocchi if you can get a hold of it or better yet try making it from scratch if you have time.

Two servings of chicken and gnocchi soup shown here in a maroon bowls set over a wooden surface with green napkins on the side.

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Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

4.81 from 31 votes

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is the coziest way to warm up this season! It's filled with lots of potato gnocchi dumplings, tender pieces of chicken, fresh colorful veggies (like spinach and carrots) and it's all bathing in a rich and creamy broth. You just can't go wrong with this soup!

Servings: 5
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup small diced carrot
  • 1 cup small diced celery
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp)
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, pounded evenly to nearly ½-inch thickness
  • 1 (16 oz) pkg potato gnocchi or homemade gnocchi
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk, then more to thin as needed
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups packed fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • Shredded Romano cheese, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery and sauté 6 minutes, add garlic sauté 1- 2 minutes longer. 
  2. Pour in broth, add rosemary, thyme, nutmeg and season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  3. Add in chicken and bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and allow to simmer until chicken is cooked through (it should register 165 in center), about 8 - 12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, while chicken is cooking, melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, cook and stir constantly 1 minute.
  5. While whisking vigorously pour in milk then continue to whisk vigorously to smooth any lumps. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  6. While whisking constantly, cook until mixture thickens and lightly boils. Stir in cream, remove from heat.
  7. Once chicken in soup has cooked through remove chicken from soup and allow chicken to rest 5 minutes then dice or shred into pieces (iIf veggies aren't nearly soft let that soup simmer a few minutes longer before adding gnocchi). 

  8. Add gnocchi to broth mixture, cover and simmer for recommend time directed on package, about 5 minutes. 
  9. Stir milk mixture into broth mixture, add in chicken and spinach. Cook, while stirring frequently, 1 - 2 minutes longer. 
  10. Serve warm with Romano cheese if desired.

Recipe Notes

  1. Use fresh spinach for best results, skip the frozen kind here. It will turn out mushy.
  2. Substitute shredded rotisserie chicken her in place of cooking the chicken in the soup. Cook veggies until tender and add chicken after cooking gnocchi.
  3. I used a store-bought gnocchi this time (just the shelf stable kind) but to make it even better look for frozen gnocchi if you can get a hold of it or better yet try making it from scratch if you have time.
  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 573 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 659mg 27%
Potassium 897mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 8g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 124.1%
Vitamin C 12.5%
Calcium 19.7%
Iron 27.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Calories: 573 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

76 comments

  • Laurie: Oh my, this was so yummy and creamy. My entire family liked it! Used lactose free products which allowed us to eat it as compared to Olive Garden’s soup. March 4, 2019 at 11:12pm Reply

  • Ellen: Wow!!! No words to describe this soup other than WOW!!! Taste way better than Olive Garden. This recipe is definitely going into my book February 24, 2019 at 1:55pm Reply

  • Kelly: Wow! This soup is my mom’s fav, so I surprised her with a dinner themed “Ode to The Olive Garden,” & made breadsticks & a salad with TOG dressing. She was thrilled! She said it tasted better with each spoonful! She asked for the recipe & I’m also sharing it with her friends. Thank you for a delightful, delicious dinner! February 20, 2019 at 10:04pm Reply

  • Pepsirose: Sooo good! My fiancé is sensitive to gluten so hasn’t had his favorite soup since he found out. I made this with gluten free flour and gluten free gnocchi. It was delicious! February 20, 2019 at 4:42pm Reply

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