Chicken Gnocchi Soup
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Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Copycat)

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Enjoy one or your favorite restaurant copycat soups at home with my version of Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup.

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Do you love Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup and wish you could eat it more often? Now you can with this homemade copycat version that tastes just like the original.

My youngest daughter and I got to spend a lot of quality time together over the summer as both my husband and older daughter were working during the day. She kept busy attending a few day camp sessions, volunteering for a township youth program,  shopping, reading  and completing her school summer assignments and every now and then we ventured out for lunch to some local restaurants. One day while it was a little overcast and rainy, she decided she wanted to go to Olive Garden for soup and salad. It sounded like a good plan to me. She has been there several times before and really loves their Chicken Gnocchi Soup; which is a creamy, chicken based soup with fresh spinach and gnocchi. I usually get their Pasta e Fagioli or Minestrone, but the Chicken Gnocchi Soup sounded good to me too so we both ordered the same thing for lunch. Besides, if I wanted to try to make it at home for her I just had to try it for myself!

Chicken Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden Copycat Carrie's Experimental Kitchen

About a week later, I bought ingredients to try to replicate this soup at home and of course she was thrilled. This soup recipe makes quite a bit; however, I like to make extra soup when the cold weather is coming so that I can freeze it. Besides, I need to stock pile some additional meals in the freezer for our oldest daughter who is away at college and cooking for herself. This way she’ll have some homemade prepared meals for when she comes home to visit that she can take back with her. This copycat soup recipe was delicious and tasted just like the restaurants version. The soup does thicken the longer it sits; however, if you want to eat it right away and it’s a bit too thin for your liking, simply combine equal parts of cornstarch and cold water and mix it in with the soup. To speed the preparation, I also used leftover grilled chicken and frozen gnocchi, but any type of leftover or store bought rotisserie chicken would work just as well. I’ll definitely be making this soup again. ~Enjoy

Do you eat soup only in the cooler months or year round?

4.9 from 13 reviews
Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Copycat)
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4 Qts (16 cups)
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • ½ c. Celery, washed and thinly sliced
  • ¼ c. Grated Onion
  • ⅓ c. Grated Carrots
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. All Purpose Flour
  • 6 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
  • 8 c. Water
  • ⅛ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. Ground Thyme
  • 4 c. Fresh Baby Spinach, rinsed
  • 2 c. Cooked Chicken (roasted or grilled), small dice
  • 2 c. Heavy Cream
  • 16oz. Gnocchi, frozen or fresh
  • Cornstarch, if needed
  • Cold Water, if needed
  1. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat; then add the celery, onions, carrots and garlic. Stir for 1-2 minutes until the celery starts to soften.
  2. Whisk in the flour; then add the water and chicken bouillon cubes.
  3. Next, add the chicken, nutmeg and thyme; stir well. Increase heat and bring to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan; then add it to the soup along with the spinach and gnocchi.
  5. Simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes or until gnocchi is cooked. If needed combine equal parts of cornstarch and cold water to thicken your soup as desired.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup


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  2. Gilly
    November 13, 2014 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Why use bouillon and water instead of chicken stock?

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      November 13, 2014 at 6:43 am - Reply

      Hi Gilly, You can use chicken stock as a substitution; however, at the time I made this recipe I was out of chicken stock. If using chicken stock instead of bouillon, you may have to adjust your salt. The mixture of bouillon and water I used I didn’t need to add any additional salt, but when I use chicken stock, it’s either homemade or low sodium and may necessitate more sodium to get the taste like Olive Garden’s variety. I hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Ishmael Hernandez
        February 26, 2016 at 12:38 am - Reply

        Wonderful…thank you so, so much. I made this today and it was very much enjoyed by all. A few weeks ago I tasted this at olive garden…w h en o found your recipe I was excited to try it… I used rotisserie chicken and I minced Spinach… it came out great.

        • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
          Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
          February 26, 2016 at 7:42 am - Reply

          I’m so glad you enjoyed it Ishmael and thank you so much for stopping back to let me know. I’ve also used rotisserie chicken and it comes out even better.

  3. Jennifer Ezernack
    November 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I used a store bought rotisserie turkey breast instead of chicken and also chopped up my baby spinach and turned out sooooo good!! Great on a really COLD night!!!

  4. Kristina
    November 16, 2014 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Burnt my tongue a few times because it smells so good i couldn’t wait. got to use my new fancy soup bowl. such a good dinner on a cold night.

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      November 17, 2014 at 5:34 am - Reply

      I’m sorry about your tongue, but I know what you’s so good! I’m glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for stopping by to let me know.

  5. Jenny deArmas
    December 5, 2014 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    This was so good and tastes just like Olive Garden’s. My entire family loved it and they are so picky! Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Jen
    January 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Someday I’d like to attempt making my own gnocchi, but until then, do you have any recommendations? I purchased some off the shelf once, it was terrible. I’ve heard frozen isn’t bad, but not sure what brand or where to start. There are a lot of options and I am a gnocchi newbie. Thanks!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      January 4, 2015 at 6:56 am - Reply

      For this recipe I used frozen gnocchi; however, I can’t remember the brand name as it’s not something I purchase often. It worked well in this soup. If you want to give homemade gnocchi a try, you can check out this post for Homemade Gnocchi where my then 11 year old daughter made some herself. It’s actually quite easy to make at home!

  7. Sylvie
    January 21, 2015 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Excellent recipe! Made a double batch and my family and my youngest who is two loved it!! Will definitely make again!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      January 22, 2015 at 6:06 am - Reply

      I’m so glad you and your family liked the recipe Sylvie. I think I’ll do the same next time I make it, my family devoured it too quickly. Thanks for stopping by to let me know!

  8. Amanda
    February 20, 2015 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Would cream of mushroom work in place of the heavy cream?

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      February 21, 2015 at 9:02 am - Reply

      I don’t think it would work for this recipe. You could substitute regular/skim milk instead but you may have to thicken the sauce a bit with some flour/water or cornstarch/cold water.

  9. Amy
    February 23, 2015 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    I love to make soup in the winter and am so glad I came across this recipe. This is bar far the best soup I’ve ever made. I wasn’t sure if my 12 year old son would like it (he’s not picky, but not a fan of soup) and he devoured it. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      February 24, 2015 at 7:56 am - Reply

      Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know Amy. I know, kids eating habits can be a little quirky at times. I’m so glad you all enjoyed the recipe. 🙂

  10. Kristin
    May 9, 2015 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    can i make this ahead and reheat in a crockpot w/out compromising flavor/textures?

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      May 11, 2015 at 6:10 am - Reply

      Hi Kristin, Sorry for the delay in response. I’ve never tried it, but if you keep it on low or warm I’m sure it would be fine. If you plan on freezing it first; then reheating it in the crock pot, I wouldn’t add the gnocchi before freezing. Instead add them into the soup before you plan on eating it. It may be ok, but I’m not certain and wouldn’t want the gnocchi to become to “gummy”. Let me know how it comes out.

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  12. Shannon
    October 21, 2015 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    This soup was delicious and easy! I will be making this soon and often.

  13. Stephanie
    October 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I couldn’t find frozen gnocchi, I found some in a box…hopefully it works just as good! I’ll be posting a follow up comment after dinner.

  14. Hannah
    November 24, 2015 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Made this last night and it was AMAZING! I substituted, celery seed and onion powder since we aren’t a fan of the crunch it gives. I also increased all the seasonings, and used fat free half/half to save some calories. So so so good! My palette was happy!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      November 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Hi Hannah, I’m so glad you liked the soup and I bet you couldn’t even tell the difference in the taste with the added seasonings. Sometimes I’ll use regular milk to and make more of a roux to cut back on calories as well. Thanks for stopping by to let me know. 🙂

  15. Lisa
    November 26, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    I’m currently living in Ireland and finding normal American ingredients that I’m use to cooking with, is surprisingly hard. I stumbled upon this recipe and OH MY GOD it’s delicious! It was so simple, easy to make and it tastes just like Olive Garden. The nutmeg really makes a difference. I also threw some mushrooms in there just because I had some on hand and didn’t want them to go bad-turned out great.

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I will definitely be making it again soon!

  16. Jennifer
    December 4, 2015 at 10:01 am - Reply

    I know this is probably silly to ask, but, do you cut up your chicken? Or shred it? It doesn’t say

  17. Kristi
    December 15, 2015 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    This is a fabulous recipe, I didn’t have celery and it tasted great without it! Love it!

  18. jaclkiegene
    December 22, 2015 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    OH MY!!!! Thank you for this recipe, What flavor! Love it!!

  19. Sandra lopez
    January 10, 2016 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    I made the soup tonight for my daughter, being the first time i followed the instructions exactly but for some reason the soup was so good but very salty, i added the 6 boullions like you asked. What i did wrong, had somebody tell you that before.Thanks for sharing your recipe

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      January 11, 2016 at 7:00 am - Reply

      Hi Sandra, I have not heard that before. Maybe it was the particular brand of bouillon cubes you used? I used Herb Ox brand and it was fine for us. I have also made this soup using College Inn Chicken Broth (low sodium/low fat) instead of the bouillon cubes if you would like to try that. The soup was still fantastic!

  20. David
    January 13, 2016 at 11:21 am - Reply

    This looks really good. You said you it makes a lot with the recipe and you freeze it. In your experience what do you find is the best way to freeze soups? Ziploc bag or something else? Thanks.

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      January 13, 2016 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Most of the time when I make this particular soup, my family winds up eating it within a couple of days so there generally isn’t much left to freeze. When I freeze other soup, I use Rubbermaid containers with secure lids and press out as much air as I can before sealing.

  21. Caitlin
    January 17, 2016 at 1:02 am - Reply

    I have been waiting all week to make this recipe and it was amazing! This is my favorite soup at Olive Garden and to say I was excited is an understatement. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make and my whole family loved it! Thank you!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      January 17, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

      I’m so glad it lived up to your expectations Caitlin and you’re right it’s so easy to make! My family requests this all the time now. Thank you for stopping by to let me know your thoughts, I really appreciate it!

  22. Mal Bowlding
    January 17, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    I want to make this soup and use chicken stock or chicken broth that I have in the cupboard. How much should i use? 8 cups?


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  24. deanne stauss
    January 19, 2016 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    question, I will be making this for our Monday crock pot soup day at work,so will be making it ahead on sunday, should I make it as directed,then just heat it up on low for a few hours before lunch? Any suggestions? Thanks!!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      January 20, 2016 at 7:23 am - Reply

      Yes. You can make it as prepared, refrigerate it; then heat it in the crock pot the next day. I personally think any soup tastes even better after it sits a while. Let me know how you and your co-workers like it!

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  26. Bridget
    March 12, 2016 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Before I heated up the heavy cream, I put a cup of grated Parmesan in a sauce pan, along with two teaspoons of oil, and just enough cream to cover everything. Waited until it melted and then added in the rest of the cream to heat! The soup tastes EXACTLY like olive gardens, but better!
    Thank you!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      March 13, 2016 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      I LOVE that idea of adding the extra cheese into the cream! I’m so glad you stopped by to let me know and that you enjoyed the soup Bridget.

  27. Yvette
    March 27, 2016 at 9:35 am - Reply

    I just tried this recipe and it turned out fabulous. It will definitely be a staple at my house. Thank-you!

  28. Lois Hannula
    April 28, 2016 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    OMG, I just made this soup, and it’s to die for!!! It’s my favorite soup at Olive Garden, and this version tastes just like O G’s. It’s the kind of soup I eat until I’m almost sick, but I still want more. I couldn’t find frozen gnocci in my area, but I used what I found in the pasta area, and it turned out wonderfully. Like someone else mentioned, I cut the gnocci in half, and used a rotisserie chicken. Thank you for a new favorite…..I’ll be making this often, and will probably double the recipe.

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