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A copycat of Olive Garden’s famous soup, this soup is filled with vegetables, chicken and potato gnocchi, all in a creamy, flavorful and comforting soup.

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup on Taste and Tell

In my dream world, I would be the ultimate organized person. Think Bree Van de Kamp from Desperate Housewives.

But in real life, it’s not so, much to my disappointment. Not that I don’t try. I think there are just not enough hours in the day, and things don’t always go like planned.

Last month, I sat down and made a calendar. I had a bunch of recipes stocked up (from doing 24 days of Christmas – that left me with a lot of dinners I made throughout the month to post about!). I had a few spots left open for a few various things. And desserts fell into that category.

I mentioned in my newsletter this past weekend that I haven’t baked anything since about Christmas. Not because I made some grand New Year’s resolution, but because I think I was burnt out on sweets.

On the calendar, I had today open for a new dessert recipe. And if you haven’t noticed, this is far from dessert. After a failed attempt this weekend, I decided I didn’t have the energy (or motivation) to try again, so instead you are getting soup. Which really, is a lot more useful this time of year, right? (Although we can never have too many dessert recipes in my opinion. :)) All of my organizing went out the window. But at least I tried, right??

This soup is supposedly a knock off of the Chicken and Gnocchi Soup from Olive Garden. Except to be honest, I have tried their soup. But I’ve been eyeing a few versions of this soup for quite some time now, and I just couldn’t put it off any longer.

I wish I would have made this sooner. This just very well make it into my group of favorite soups. My husband really liked it as well. In fact, he told me that I’d better make it again. Soon. He knows that often, he’ll say that he wants something made again, and I won’t – at least for quite some time. But he begged me to add this to the menu plan right away.

So if you are shivering in the cold like I am, this is the perfect soup to warm you up from the inside out. You won’t regret making this!!

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden Copycat

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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
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A copycat of Olive Garden's favorite soup, this soup is filled with vegetables, chicken and potato gnocchi, all in a creamy, flavorful and comforting soup.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups half and half
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
  • 1 pound gnocchi, prepared according to package directions
  • 2-3 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  1. In a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add in the onions, celery, carrots, garlic and thyme and cook until softened, 5-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook for a couple of minutes. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth, followed by the half and half. Stir in the chicken. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Add in the prepared gnocchi and spinach. Cook until the spinach has wilted.

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26 Responses to Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

  1. Joanne says:

    I have definitely been craving soup over dessert lately. I’m totally going to vegify this by swapping out the chicken with white beans! Mmm.

  2. Your soup definitely looks comforting. Nothing say healing like chicken, pasta and veggies!

  3. Kristi says:

    This is my favorite soup at Olive Garden. I’m going to try making this with the sweet potato gnocchi I have in the freezer. I can’t wait.

  4. I love a hot meal in the middle of the day, but I’m too lazy to make a huge effort for it, which is why a big batch of soup is perfect for lunches during the week. Can’t wait to give this yummy-looking soup a try!

  5. This sounds incredible and just what’s needed on a cold day. Pinning.

  6. cassie says:

    I love the chicken & gnocchi soup at Olive Garden and I’m so glad you tried this because now I can’t wait. Love it, Deborah!

  7. Being more organized it something I am working on too! I bought a nice new planner (because I am still a pen and paper kind of girl) and planned out my meal plans and blog posts for the month. But then I have gone back and changed things about ten times and it is only January 13! lol! I guess you can say I am a pencil and paper kind of girl! : ) Annnddd this soup looks so good that I might be changing the meal plans again!

  8. I love Olive Garden’s chicken and gnocchi soup! I would love a big bowl of this soup to warm me up on these chilly evenings!

  9. I’ve never eaten it, but it looks fantastic, especially in your pretty blue bowls.

  10. Chels R. says:

    I have never ever tried any of their soups, other than their Minestrone. It is the only soup I order there, lol! There version I make is just like theirs too. But Josh, likes this soup. So I’ll making this for him very soon 🙂

  11. I’m glad you posted soup instead of a dessert! I am loving warms soups right now- it’s been so darn cold!

  12. I love that Olive Garden soup! I love that I can make it at home now too!!! It looks gorgeous and absolutely delicious!!!

  13. Diana Haake says:

    I made this soup it is wonderful.

  14. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Mouthwatering! This soup looks so tempting, I am just dying to get a bowl for myself, yum 🙂

  15. Liz says:

    Made this last night and it turned out amazing! So easy to make too.

  16. corine says:

    where did the recipe go for the chicken and gnocchi soup?

    • Deborah says:

      Hi – I had a problem with my recipe plugin, but it is fixed now. You should be able to see the recipe.

  17. Sally says:

    I need to try this soup out but the problem is there is no half and half where I live, so would you please tell me if there is a substitute for it?! thanks 🙂

  18. The perfect bowl of comfort on this crazy cold day!

  19. Connie says:

    I have made this many times but instead of buying the gnocchi, I make potato dumplings with a mashed cooked potato and bisquick. My family loves it.

  20. Neena says:

    THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE! !! It is spot on olive garden’s soup which I love! Like your husband mine loved it as well abd I am making it again for him tonight lol. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. ….

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