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Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi Soup

There are 2 things I order when I visit Olive Garden. 

Okay, three things I trade-off ordering. 

The first, is the Zuppa Toscana soup. Ridiculous. 

Second, my mother-in-law got me addicted to their Lasagna Fritta. Fried slices of lasagna in a pool of alfredo sauce. Double ridiculous. 

Lastly, we usually do the endless soup-or-salad $6.99 deal they have until 4pm, so after my bowl of Zuppa, I always order a bowl of their Chicken Gnocchi Soup - even if I don't touch it, and take it home in a box for later. It's DIVINE, and has layer after layer of creamy flavor. 

I've tried a couple recipes that claim they taste like the real thing, but this one is by far the best. I used my very own batch of homemade chicken stock from the leftover rotisserie chicken bones. And the rotisserie chicken was used right in the soup, as well - so it was a double win. If you're not using rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken thighs will be alright, too. But man, that rotisserie brings that signature flavor right to the forefront, and will fill each spoonful with that heavenly bliss you find right there at the restaurant table. Plus, it's easier than you think to make it in the first place. This is definitely a soup we'll be rotating through over and over this Fall & Winter season. 


Need more soup ideas? Check out my brand new savory section of the blog - from at least 20-30 different ones, you're bound to want to try a couple this week. 

Copycat Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi Soup
makes 8 servings

4 T butter (1/2 stick)
1 C diced yellow onion
1/2 C finely diced celery
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 quart half-and-half
28 oz chicken stock (I used my first batch of homemade!)
kosher salt
1/2 t dried thyme
1/2 t dried parsley flakes
1/4 t ground nutmeg
1 C grated carrots
1 C chopped spinach leaves
1 C cooked rotisserie chicken
16 oz ready-to-use gnocchi

1. In a large soup pot, melt butter into oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the onion becomes translucent.
2. Whisk in the flour and cook for about a minute, then slowly whisk in the half-and-half. Simmer until thickened.
3. Whisk in chicken stock, simmer again. Stir in salt, thyme, parsley, nutmeg, carrots spinach, chicken and gnocchi. Bring to a boil, then lower heat down to a simmer. Taste and add salt if needed.

recipe inspired by: olive garden's chicken gnocchi
recipe adapted from: copykat


  1. Had to look up what EVOO is, but it is Rachel Ray's olive oil...must give this a try!!

    1. I've definitely adapted her phrase for EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). Regular EVOO is perfect, I didn't know she had a EVOO brand. haha! It's just easier to write those four letters, versus the whole thing ;)

  2. Wow!!!! New blog!!!

    Charlotte Moore

    1. Yep - do you like it? I wanted to go more simple and keep it blog-esque versus a website. Also my recipe index was all over the place - now it's pretty clean and simple. Glad you noticed the change! :)

  3. I think I am driving my family nuts this fall because the only thing I want to make is soup! We have it several times a week. I love gnocchi and adding it to soup is such a great idea.

    1. Me too! I feel like I have to pace myself, or else we'll have soup every night! So happy there's another soup-addict out there :) You'll love this soup - and your family will go nuts over it, too!

  4. Where do you buy gnocchi at? I so love this soup and want to make it!!!

    1. I buy mine right at Walmart or Smiths! Haha! They're usually between the pasta and the marinara sauces. They're either in a tan box, or a clear package with a lady on the front.

    2. Nope! They're actually in the dry pasta section.

  5. Just made this soup today; fantastic!!!!! It is very close to Olive Gardens. I was concerned that it wouldn't thicken, but I let it simmer for about an hour on low and it looks JUST like Olive Gardens. Great recipe. Thanks Blondie!!!!!!! :D

  6. Easy to make taste amazing. . But I accidentally chopped my spinach in processor do mine had a hint of green due to spinach.

  7. Really a great addition. I have read this marvelous post. Thanks for sharing information about it. I really like that. Thanks so lot for your convene. nyt have hegn


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