Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)


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 things everyone can agree on. It’s the perfect ending to a long work day or busy day with the family. This is a one pot soup that comes together quickly and you’ll love how hearty and perfectly creamy it is. Autumn days just got a whole lot better now that we’ve added this soup to the to-do list!

Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup | Cooking Classy

To be honest I’m actually not a big fan of Olive Garden anymore, my brother-in-law jokes that it tastes like microwave Italian food and that’s probably about accurate…buuuuut I will always love their 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 homeamde version is even better! One thing I thought I’d mention is that if you don’t like a lot of Gnocchi then just use about 2/3 of the package because there is quite a bit in there, I’d be fine with that much but I know people love the gnocchi. Also I did use a store-bought gnocchi this time, just the shelf stable kind (Dellalo is pretty good) but I’d highly recommend using frozen if you can get a hold of it or better yet making it from scratch if you have time. I’m sure homemade would just make this delicious soup that much better. Next time I’m definitely going to have to try it!

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Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

4.7 from 13 votes

Yield: About 5 servings


  • 1 1/4 cups finely chopped 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 chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme or fresh
  • 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 ounce) package 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)


  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. Pour in broth, add rosemary, thyme, nutmeg and season with salt and pepper to taste. 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.
  2. Meanwhile, while chicken is cooking, melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, cook and stir constantly 1 minute. While whisking vigorously pour in milk then continue to whisk vigorously to smooth any lumps. Season with salt and pepper to taste. While whisking constantly, cook until mixture thickens and lightly boils. Stir in cream, remove from heat.
  3. Once chicken in soup has cooked through remove chicken from soup and allow chicken to rest 5 minutes then dice or shred into pieces. (If veggies aren't nearly soft let that soup simmer a few minutes longer before adding gnocchi) Add gnocchi to broth mixture, cover and simmer for recommend time directed on package, about 5 minutes. Stir milk mixture into broth mixture, add in chicken and spinach. Cook, while stirring frequently, 1 - 2 minutes longer. Serve warm with Romano cheese if desired.
  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy


  • Patricia: I have never had this soup, as I have only been to Olive Garden once. Like you, not a huge fan of the place.

    But, your photographs of your soup have me sold on this recipe without even trying it yet! I already have the gnocchi in the freezer, so I am planning on having this very soon!

    Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes! :) September 21, 2016 at 5:44am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it! And thanks for the thanks Patricia :)! September 21, 2016 at 10:15pm Reply

    • Debra: This is mine and my mom’s my favorite soup of all time. We always order it at OG. But I finally made it at home, delicious! March 6, 2017 at 10:46am Reply

  • Tori//Gringalicious: Oh yes please, I need this! September 21, 2016 at 6:27am Reply

  • Tina F.: This is my favorite soup at the Olive Garden so I can’t wait to try this. I enjoy the recipes that you share with us. September 21, 2016 at 7:51am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I so happy to hear you enjoy my recipes Tina, thanks for letting me know :). September 21, 2016 at 10:14pm Reply

  • Diana @ Red Delicious Life: I’ve never really been a fan of Olive Garden either. I didn’t realize that they had this soup. It looks very similar to one that Macaroni Grill had which I loved. Will definitely give this a try. Thanks! September 21, 2016 at 8:53am Reply

  • Mindy: Sounds delish…I’ll try it on the weekend when a cold front is due. Is it 5 Tbsp butter or 1 cup plus 5 tbsp? Thanks. September 21, 2016 at 12:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Don’t know how I missed that “cup” in there between the Tbsp and butter, it’s just 5 Tbsp (I think I was thinking 1/3 cup which works too). I hope you love it! September 21, 2016 at 10:07pm Reply

  • sieglinde Langendorfer: Thank you for all these Yummy recipes September 22, 2016 at 11:01am Reply

  • Joye: This was Super delicious! Thankful I found your website. Thank you!! October 2, 2016 at 5:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for your comment Joye! October 2, 2016 at 6:34pm Reply

  • Susan: Made this tonight; everyone loved it! Nutmeg really adds to the flavor, I put in a little extra. Thanks for another great recipe. :-) October 2, 2016 at 6:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked this recipe Susan :) thanks for your feedback! October 2, 2016 at 6:33pm Reply

  • Kristin H: I made this tonight, and my husband and I LOVED it! It has such an amazing flavor. That hint of nutmeg was so subtle, but really added a great flavor. My husband could not stop raving about it. This is a keeper! I have no comments about following the recipe… just do it how Jaclyn instructs. October 10, 2016 at 6:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Kristin! Thanks for your great reviews! October 18, 2016 at 11:24am Reply

  • Laura: I made this tonight, we LOVED it. My husband went back for seconds. I subbed goats milk for cows milk and omitted the cream and it was amazing! Thanks for creating a copycat!! October 30, 2016 at 6:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you both liked it Laura! Thanks for leaving a comment! October 30, 2016 at 10:31pm Reply

  • Marina Milton: how long is the prep and total cooking time for this recipe? November 14, 2016 at 1:36pm Reply

  • Digmarie B: Wow, wow, wow. Such an easy recipe to follow. My fiend and I made this together and it was super fun to make and the best part: it tasted EXACTLY like OG’s.

    So glad we came across this specific recipe.
    Thanks Jaclyn. December 10, 2016 at 12:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review! December 13, 2016 at 2:43pm Reply

  • Deb: Can you make this in the morning & reheat for supper? December 22, 2016 at 8:17pm Reply

    • Debra: It is even better reheated in my opinion! March 6, 2017 at 10:47am Reply

  • Anne: I love this soup at Olive Garden but we hardly go. Chose this recipe to try from several ones out there. It was excellent! It wasn’t too hard & I’m an ametur in the kitchen. My chicken was already cooked (leftovers) so that made it a little easier. Thank you, Jaclyn! September 6, 2017 at 7:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to report back Anne! September 7, 2017 at 11:15am Reply

  • Juliana Ramsey: I tried this soup and loved it! I’m making it this week for sure!! Amazing job!!!! September 9, 2017 at 7:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Juliana! September 9, 2017 at 11:41pm Reply

  • Kathy: I’m so glad I found this recipe. Most the chicken gnocchi soup recipes use a lot of half and half as the creamy base. I prefer this method with butter, flour, milk. Absolutely perfect. November 6, 2017 at 6:41am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Kathy! Glad you enjoyed it! November 6, 2017 at 10:42am Reply

  • Sally: I’d like to make this for a large crowd; do you think I could freeze it a week before serving it? Also, it looks like there is chopped spinach in it but I don’t see it in the ingredients. What is the green item? November 15, 2017 at 12:00pm Reply

  • Sally: it looks like there is chopped spinach in it but I don’t see it in the ingredients. What is the green item? November 15, 2017 at 12:00pm Reply

  • Sally: Oops, sorry…..just saw the chopped spinach at the bottom of the list. November 15, 2017 at 12:01pm Reply

  • Doug: Sounds great but I haven’t had a lot of luck finding good gnocchi for other recipes in the past. Do you recommend frozen or the dry packaged gnocchi? I know fresh is best but making gnocchi from scratch is a little out of my league. Also, wouldn’t it be better to saute the chicken breast in the mirepoix then dice and add at the end as opposed to basically boiling it? November 18, 2017 at 7:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes if you wanted to brown and cook then chicken through first you’d get more flavor, then like you say wait until the end to add it back in so it’s not over-cooked. Shredded rotisserie chicken breasts and thighs would be another good option.
      And if you can find frozen unflavored gnocchi that would be great, or dellalos shelf stable gnocchi is good too. November 18, 2017 at 1:37pm Reply

  • Vanessa: I made a similar recipe but when I cooked the chicken, parts of it rose up to the top and completely ruined the recipe. What do you recommend for this not to happen? November 19, 2017 at 3:04pm Reply

  • Lidia Maria Grasman: It’s a lot of onions…I did first time , but in the second time I add only 1/4 cup of onions the soup works well…more 2 cups chicken broth…it’s the right for the soup….

    I give 4 stars for my soup November 27, 2017 at 3:20pm Reply

  • Peggy: This soup was absolutely delicious and not that hard to make. Wonderful to serve for company as well January 1, 2018 at 3:52pm Reply

  • Becky: This soup is So Delicious! I did not have Gnocchi, so I used wide egg noodles instead. I did add a little more nutmeg since I like nutmeg in creamed soups. Otherwise it was thick creamy and very Good for a Cold day! Even my picky Husband liked it! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will be making this again.. maybe will try Gnocchi! January 3, 2018 at 3:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sounds delicious! Thanks for letting me know it was enjoyed Becky! January 4, 2018 at 1:01pm Reply

  • Jen: I’ve never had OG version but sounded delicious and easy so I tried it tonight. The whole family really enjoyed it. Has a similar flavor and consistency to pot pie soup.

    My only tweak next time will be to increase the broth mixture and reduce the milk mixture. It ended up being very thick within minutes of serving. Still a great flavor but there was not much liquid to sop up with the crusty baguette which always accompanies my home made soups when feeding the whole family.

    Thanks for the share! January 7, 2018 at 6:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the feedback Jen! January 8, 2018 at 12:06pm Reply

  • Amy Jo: Love this copycat recipe, came out better tasting than the original I am so used to! Thanks (: def gonna add this to our family favorites xoxo January 18, 2018 at 12:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Amy! January 23, 2018 at 1:57pm Reply

  • Faye Kidd: Went to Olive Garden and tried a different soup. Great chicken gnocchi soup. OUT OF THIS WORLD SOUP. Thanks for the recipe. February 4, 2018 at 1:21am Reply

  • Dee: I’m gonna try this tomorrow I’m on a diet.
    So I think I’m going to cut back on the heavy cream, flour use low sodium chicken broth n let you know how it goes wish me luck. February 21, 2018 at 5:36pm Reply

  • Diane: My daughter and I love this soup! Delicious ! March 9, 2018 at 7:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Diane! March 12, 2018 at 10:21am Reply

  • Luann: This soup was delicious! Made it according to the recipe, except used kale instead of spinach. It was perfect on a cold snowy day. April 15, 2018 at 3:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed – thanks Luann! April 16, 2018 at 4:37pm Reply

  • Meagan: Your recipe is spot-on! My family is stationed in Japan right now, and this gave us a taste if home. Thank you! May 1, 2018 at 10:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed it – thanks for your feedback! May 2, 2018 at 2:59pm Reply

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