Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe (Olive Garden Copycat)

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This chicken gnocchi soup recipe is thick and hearty. Serve it with crusty bread for a filling and delicious meal. Your family will love it!

chicken gnocchi soup in bowl

As winter comes to a close, I’m sharing one more soup recipe that’s easy, but even better than that, it’s full of flavor and texture. If you love Olive Garden’s chicken gnocchi soup, then this post is for you!

Why This Recipe Works

There are lots of variations of this soup available online, many claiming to be the original Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup. Other recipes are categorized as “copycats,” which is what I’m featuring today. To set my recipe apart from all the others, I tried very hard to streamline the steps for you, and keep the ingredients in order.

The steps at the beginning are very much like what I featured in my chicken and rice soup recipe, however, this chicken gnocchi soup recipe is even easier. I was able to eliminate the roux step, which saves time, plus there is one less pan to wash!

Update: the chicken and rice recipe has been updated to eliminate that roux step so it’s much easier now!

chicken gnocchi soup ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • butter + olive oil
  • veggies + garlic
  • flour
  • chicken broth (regular or low-sodium)
  • half and half (milk or heavy cream can be used)
  • chicken breast
  • gnocchi (store-bought or homemade)
  • spinach
  • herbs + seasoning
chicken gnocchi soup image of ingredients in pan

Prep Tips

  • Any kind of gnocchi can be used, but shelf stable potato gnocchi works the best, and it is what Olive Garden uses in their soup. Gnocchi can be found in the pasta aisle of your grocery store.
  • Any kind of chicken can be used, but rotisserie chicken works great for this soup, and it’s a big time-saver. Pull off the breast meat and chop it into pieces. If there is any juice in the bottom of the chicken bag, make sure to add it to the soup. Boneless chicken thighs or boneless breasts can be used as well.
  • Make sure to use fresh spinach. Frozen spinach will get mushy.
  • You can use heavy cream instead of half & half.
  • The easiest way to make this creamy chicken gnocchi soup is to assemble all of your ingredients before you start cooking. It goes very quickly and smoothly if everything is ready and at your fingertips.
simmering chicken gnocchi soup

How to Make

  • Add butter and olive oil to a large dutch oven.
  • On medium high heat, add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic.
  • Saute on the stove top for 5 minutes until tender.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup flour over the vegetables and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, half and half, thyme, salt, and black pepper.
  • Add chopped chicken and bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add gnocchi and spinach.
  • Simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Remove the sprigs of thyme. Serve immediately.
pot of chicken gnocchi soup

Cooking & Storage Tips

  • Have some extra chicken broth on hand. When it’s finished cooking, if the chicken gnocchi soup is too thick for your taste, just add chicken broth to thin it out a bit.
  • To store, transfer any leftover soup to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, portion the soup into individual serving bowls and heat each one in the microwave. The soup will get very thick after it sits in the refrigerator, but it thins out after it’s reheated. If it’s still too thick for your taste, just add chicken broth.
  • For added flavor, deglaze the pot after you’ve added the flour with white wine, then add the chicken broth and half & half.
  • Adaptation: try adding other proteins such as cooked turkey or italian sausage instead of chicken.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make this in a slow cooker or crockpot?

Yes! It doesn’t save much time because this recipe is so easy and quick to make. But check out this recipe if you are interested!

Instead of flour, can you make a cornstarch slurry?

Yes! To make a cornstarch slurry, whisk together 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 4 tablespoons of water. Pour the slurry in, a little at a time, to the soup right before the chicken is added.

What other vegetables can you add to chicken gnocchi soup?

Good additions are frozen or fresh corn, green peas, chopped zucchini, or green beans.

What do you serve with chicken gnocchi soup?

It’s delicious topped with grated parmesan cheese and served with thick slices of crusty bread. A romaine salad would be delicious as well.

olive garden copycat chicken gnocchi soup

Making soup is like therapy for me. The time spent in the kitchen is relaxing. Chopping and organizing the ingredients makes me feel accomplished and productive. I love that a pot of soup makes enough to share with my dad…and that there are always leftovers for a second meal for us.

soup on a spoon over bowl

If you aren’t a soup maker, I encourage you to give this recipe a try. If you already love making soup, I hope you have found some inspiration from this recipe and the tips. Enjoy!

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Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

This chicken gnocchi soup is thick and hearty. Serve with crusty bread for a filling and delicious meal.
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4.83 from 17 votes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
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  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup carrots shredded
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (or two finely chopped garlic cloves)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 cup half and half or whipping cream
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken cubed
  • 1 cup packed fresh spinach
  • 16 oz. potato gnocchi


  • Add butter and olive oil to a large dutch oven.
  • On medium heat, add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic.
  • Saute for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup flour over the vegetables and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, half and half, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Add chopped chicken and bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add gnocchi and spinach.
  • Simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Remove the sprigs of thyme. Serve immediately.


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 834mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3327IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Julie Dold says:

    5 stars
    This soup is so delicious that I’ve made it twice in less than a week. It’s a perfect meal- especially on a cold day. I made no changes to the recipe. This soup was a favorite of mine at Olive Garden but it was never this good! My husband can’t stop raving about it!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Julie…so glad you liked the soup, and thank you very much for the rating!

  2. Lori Wight says:

    5 stars
    So many good smells while cooking this and so many compliments – the best was my husband’s: add it to “the book” (aka the recipe card box) after taking the first couple bites.

  3. Is the serving size one cup? Please advise. It sounds absolutely scrumptious and wonderful for a cold evening. Thank you.

  4. Thank you for reminding me of this recipe. I have made it several times, and it is a big hit with my family. My plan this Friday is to adapt it to meatless using a vegetable broth and a combination of chopped and whole shrimp. It will be perfect with a Caesar salad and home made bread. I strongly believe that once any home cook masters a few basic soup recipes the skills can be carried over to other ingredients to create yet another variation. I have not tried this recipe with sausage or turkey but now I have more ideas. Have a lovely day during this transitional season.

  5. I’ve made similar recipes before with varying results. In trying to “slim” it down a notch, I’ve used 2% milk. One time was great, the next time not so much…it just separated and was a mess! I’m going to try this with half and half and add some white wine. I think my family will love this!

  6. 5 stars
    Wednesday night is Soup Night at our house and this soup was a hit! My hubby, who is not an adventurous eater asked for seconds and gave a huge compliment with “This is tasty – can I have more?”

  7. Cant wait to try this
    I love your new little Millie, already!!
    Best of luck with her

  8. Sally Hilfiger says:

    Made this last night, cooked the chicken and used the broth. I had to add a bit of Better Than Bullion to the broth but this soup id a keeper! We loved it. It makes a lot. I plan to freeze some.

  9. Melissa Bonser says:

    5 stars
    We loved this soup!!
    I used a little less fresh spinach and it was wonderful. I also had some thin fresh organic carrots so I sliced them on the bias, they looked great and had just the right bite texture!
    As Anne said if you have chicken breast already cooked its a real time saver!!
    This recipe is a keeper!
    Thank you Anne!

  10. 5 stars
    My husband is standing at the stove still enjoying this delicious soup after two bowls! He called it a home run after his first spoonful. I agree. Wouldn’t change a thing. I was afraid it might be too heavy but it wasn’t. Thanks, Ann!

  11. 5 stars
    Made it, loved it! Just one suggestion– add more liquid when adding the gnocchi which absorbs a lot of liquid. Otherwise, it will become texture of stew.

  12. Kathleen Mooney says:

    It turned out magnificent. So easy for a home cooked meal and perfect size for leftovers (me being single). I will keep this one in the book and share with friends and family 🥰

  13. Sheryl Clark says:

    5 stars
    Made this for the family last night for dinner and it was a huge hit! I loved your advice about having everything chopped, measured and ready because it was the fastest dinner I have thrown together! I loved all the fresh veggies in the recipe and using the rotisserie chicken made this even more simple! This recipe is a keeper and we will definitely be having it again. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  14. I can’t wait to try your recipe! I first had this at a work potluck and loved it. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  15. Thank you for this. I have scanned the online recipes for this soup several times but haven’t tried it yet. I will try this one as soon as I can get to the grocery when some of this darn white stuff and ice melts enough for me to get down my 460 ft driveway! I make one soup a week for 2 people. I then freeze half for later use. I am touched to see that you have some for your father. Until my MIL passed, I was able to share foods with her as well. She used to sit at her kitchen table, promptly at 4 pm with her silver ware and plate or bowl in place waiting for me to unpack her dinner. We would chat and plan for the next day. Have a lovely Sunday!