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Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Copycat)

Enjoy one or your favorite restaurant copycat soups at home with my version of Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup made with boneless cooked chicken, vegetables and gnocchi in a creamy chicken broth.


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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.

Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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!

Enjoy one or your favorite restaurant copycat soups at home with my version of Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi Soup made with boneless cooked chicken, vegetables and gnocchi in a creamy chicken broth. 

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; so I like to make extra soup to freeze for later.

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.

Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

We LOVED this Chicken Gnocchi Soup. It was delicious and tasted just like the restaurant version. The soup does thicken the longer it sits and even tastes better as leftovers.

To speed the preparation, I used leftover grilled chicken and frozen gnocchi, but any type of chicken would work just as well. I’ll definitely be making this soup again. ~Enjoy!

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4.29 from 114 votes
Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Copycat)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Enjoy one or your favorite restaurant copycat soups at home with my version of Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi Soup made with boneless cooked chicken, vegetables and gnocchi in a creamy chicken broth. 

Course: Soup
Servings: 16 cups
Calories: 194 kcal
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
  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 chicken broth. 

  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.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Copycat)
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 106
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.8g18%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 455mg20%
Carbohydrates 13.1g4%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 2.6g3%
Protein 8.4g17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


*You can also use 8 chicken bouillon cubes + 8 cups of water in place of the chicken stock. 

Nutrition Facts
Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Copycat)
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 106
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.8g18%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 455mg20%
Carbohydrates 13.1g4%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 2.6g3%
Protein 8.4g17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

    Why use bouillon and water instead of chicken stock?

      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
          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.

    • Sarah kastelic
      June 7, 2016 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      I am in diet class and would like to know calories and fats per cup we have to write it down i make this at least once a month and share with friends everyone loves it

      • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
        June 8, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

        Hi Sarah, I’m so glad you enjoy this recipe, we do as well! I’ve added nutritional information to the recipe card though it may not be 100% accurate (based on brands I used), but it should be close enough. There are 194 calories and 11.8g of fat per cup of soup. I hope this helps!

        • Alice T
          January 13, 2018 at 6:22 pm - Reply

          I want to confirm the nutrition information is 194 calories per cup and not 194 calories for 1 g. I was confused by the gram shown as the quantity in the nutrition chart. 1 gram is a pretty tiny amount.

  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.

      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!

      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!

      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?

      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!

      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?

      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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.

  29. Paula
    July 4, 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Do you cover the soup while simmering? Or leave it uncovered and that’s what helps thicken it?

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      July 5, 2016 at 7:22 am - Reply

      I leave the soup uncovered while it’s simmering. The roux (butter and flour) helps to thicken the soup. I hope you enjoy it!

  30. Rida
    September 6, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply


    This recipe sounds good and looks pretty easy to make. I do have one question with the bouillon cubes… instead of using them, can i substitute and use 8 cups of chicken broth? If so, I won’t have to add the 8 cups of water as the recipe calls right?

    Thank you!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      September 7, 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

      You sure can and yes, you can omit the water. Depending on how you prefer to season your food, you may need to adjust the salt and pepper. I hope you enjoy it!

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  33. Elissa
    January 23, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    This is so good! I haven’t had the Olive Garden version, but it’s one of my daughter’s favorites and she requested it for dinner. Searched online for a copycat and settled on yours. So glad I did! I made it today (along with your homemade gnocchi recipe … also wonderful) and it is a keeper! She says it’s even better than the restaurant version. Thanks for creating and sharing this wonderful recipe!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      January 24, 2017 at 7:44 am - Reply

      It’s my daughters’ favorite soup as well and she begs me to make it all of the time. I’m so glad you all enjoyed it and tried the gnocchi as well!

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  35. Yelena
    June 8, 2017 at 11:30 am - Reply

    This is the best version of the Olive Garden soup yet! We make this at least one or twice a month and then when we go to Olive Garden my husband says their soup doesn’t taste right! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I would dare say this soup is better than the one at Olive Garden.

  36. Gilbert
    December 10, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    I love Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup, I tried your recipe it came out ok. Can you tell me why it came out kinda orangish not white Ilike the Olive Gardens followed the recipe to the tee can’t figure out what I did wrong thank you

  37. Gilbert
    December 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Found out why it turn orangish I grab the wrong bouillon I used chicken bouillon with tomato in it other that it still tastes good thank you

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      December 11, 2017 at 10:24 am - Reply

      Ahhh…that would do it. 🙂 Glad you liked the recipe even though it was the wrong bouillon. It will be white next time if you used the regular chicken bouillon. Or you could just use chicken broth instead, that would work too.

  38. Jennifer Manus
    April 8, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Can you freeze this since it has cream in it and then add cooked gnocchi later?

  39. Lorie
    October 23, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    absolutely awesome!! My husband had 2 bowls and is taking for lunch!!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      October 24, 2018 at 6:04 am - Reply

      I just made some more last week and it never lasts long around here either. 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe Lorie!

  40. Angelique
    December 11, 2018 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Just made this and it is soooooo good! Thank you!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      December 12, 2018 at 6:35 am - Reply

      You’re welcome, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’m about to make some this week too as my daughters’ birthday dinner request. 🙂

  41. Adrian
    December 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Where is the original recipient with bullion cubes? That’s how I’ve been making it since I found the recipe. Now it says to use chicken stock. I only have bullion cubes available at the moment.

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      December 14, 2018 at 6:45 am - Reply

      You can use bouillon cubes as well. It’s one cube per every cup of water. So 8 bouillon cubes + 8 cups of water OR 8 cups of chicken stock. I’ll add it back to the recipe card. Sorry for the confusion.

  42. Lauren
    January 2, 2019 at 10:45 am - Reply

    This was so delicious!!! It was a huge hit with my husband and kids! Thank you for sharing!

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