Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup has a thick and rich broth with shredded carrots, celery, chopped spinach, gnocchi and chicken hidden throughout.  This tastes even better than the Olive Garden! 

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Fall is in the air here in Utah and the leaves are starting to change in the mountains.  It is absolutely gorgeous!  There are so many things that I love about fall.  And the fact that our air conditioning hasn’t been running all day and night is just a huge bonus.

As the temps start to drop there is nothing better than a big bowl of hearty soup.

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This Olive Garden Copycat recipe has been on my list of soups to make for a few years now.  I love all of Olive Garden’s Soups but their Chicken Gnocchi soup is awesome.  The best part is that it is so easy to make!  It comes together in less than 20 minutes.

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You guys are going to love the incredible creamy and rich broth.  It is flavored with the perfect amount of seasonings.  It has one of my favorite herbs inside…. thyme.  It is so hearty with the added chicken and gnocchi.  I absolutely love gnocchi.  It is the perfect addition to this soup.  Along with shredded carrots, celery, and spinach this soup is full of flavor!  Put this on your list of must try soups!  You will not regret it.

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Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)
 
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Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup has a thick and rich broth with shredded carrots, celery, chopped spinach and gnocchi hidden throughout. This tastes even better than the Olive Garden!
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • ½ cup celery diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 (14 ounce can chicken broth) for a thinner soup use 2
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup diced cooked chicken breast (I used rotisserie)
  • 1 16 ounce package potato gnocchi (on the pasta isle)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot add butter and olive oil. Over medium high heat sauté onion, celery and garlic until tender. Add the flour to create a roux and cook for another minute.
  2. Slowly add the half and half and chicken broth and stir until it starts to thicken. Add the thyme, carrots, spinach, chicken and gnocchi. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until gnocchi is cooked and soup is thickened. (If you want a thinner soup add another can of chicken broth.) Salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
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Recipe Adapted from All Recipes

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I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I would like to make this and take it to my school for our “Souper” Bowl luncheon. I would need to put it in a crockpot for the day. Thoughts?

    1. That is a great idea! You will make it all together like the recipe and let it sit on low until cooked and then warm once it is warmed up and cooked all the way. Enjoy! That sounds like a fun event! XOXO

      1. This is my daughter’s favorite, she orders this when she’s out with friends. She requested this when she came home from break. I found this recipe and gave it I try. She said it taste better. I marinated chicken breast overnight and baked the next day…chilled and diced, everything else is the same. I have to say I’m addicted and make this once a month.

    1. HMMM! I am so sorry! I am not sure why it would taste more like flour. I would recommend adding little less than a cup of the flour for the next time and see if that helps or makes a difference. Thank you for sharing! XOXO

  2. I just made this for lunch. I only wanted 2 portions, so I scaled down the recipe. I used homemade chicken stock that I had in the freezer. I used homemade gnocchi I made last night. I didn’t have any celery, so I just skipped it…but my stock had been made with celery in it so I still got all the flavor. I ended up using more stock…not so much to make the sauce thinner, but to increase the amount of sauce because my portions looked too small. Even with the addition of stock, I only got a small bowl of soup. I wished I’d made 4 portions because I was left wanting more. And it was super yummy. My husband gave it an A+. I will definitely be making this again.

  3. This is a fantastic recipe much better than Olive Gardens. I also doubled the recipe and froze it in individual containers to eat at a later time. Shared with family and friends. They all loved it! Thank you. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

  4. I saw the reply saying she froze some of the soup. I would like to know if that is possible. I would expect it to get watery due to the cream sauce. Any ideas.

    1. You can freeze this soup. It is best to freeze gnocchi uncooked as soon as they are shaped.Freeze until solid, about 3 hours. Gather the frozen gnocchi into resealable freezer bags. Frozen gnocchi can be stored in the freezer for 4 to 6 weeks. Sometimes soups with a milk or cream base will separate during the freezing process, but you can whisk it back together.

  5. I made this not to long ago with this recipe and it came out so good! The second time i made it I decided to make it and habe some of my partners family members come over and have them eat it. They also really enjoyed it because it was so delicious, I would 10/10 recommend for you to try this!!

  6. I’ve made this recipe several times and I love it. Instead of using just thyme, I use Italian seasoning. I omit celery altogether because I can’t tell a difference with or without it. I use shredded chicken instead of diced. Also it was good without it, but I tried adding half a block of cream cheese the last time I made it to make it a touch richer and it was amazing. Thanks for a recipe I will be using forever!

  7. Does anyone know the nutrition facts for this recipe? I am so excited to try it, everyone keeps saying it is better than Olive Garden’s…which is delicious.

  8. Ok I just came from Olive Garden and had this soup which was absolutely the best thing I have ever eaten , so now I want to make it at home. This seems like the best recipe. I will update you with how it came out. Thanks so much.

    1. Theresa, how did it come out? I love this soup at Olive Garden and I’m going to grocery store to get ingredients to make it.

  9. I made this today… didn’t have cream or half n half, but I did have Carnation almond milk for cooking. Worked great. I used an entire bag of baby spinach ♥️. The soup came out great. I’ve made it before, and I’ll make it again. I also get gnocchi at the Dollar Tree.

  10. What Is the total volume of all the soup? I have a 4 quart pot and am wondering if I could possibly double the recipe in it?

  11. Wow. This recipe is AMAZING. 🙂

    I doubled all of the ingredients because my husband and I are greedy lol. He gave it 10/10 and told me I have to make it again at least once a month. He loved how thick the soup was too. This soup definitely sticks to your gut. Do you all serve this with any sides like a roll/salad or do you just eat the soup plain? Thanks for sharing this with us!!!

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