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Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup is a favorite for busy weeknights. It’s like your favorite cozy sweater in soup form! Creamy broth, tender chicken, soft, pillowy gnocchi, and a super-fast, super-easy cook time for a flavor packed meal.

overhead shot of bowl filled with gnocchi soup

Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Copycat Olive Garden Recipe)

Okay, confession: I really love the Olive Garden’s chicken gnocchi soup. It’s such a great combination: cream, broth, chicken, spinach, all with a great garlicky, well-seasoned flavor profile. That’s why I’ve created this easy and healthier copycat recipe! It’s all of that yumminess in a simple, foolproof recipe for home cooking.

side shot of creamy gnocchi soup with spinach and chicken pictured in dutch oven

Recipe Ingredients

  • Olive Oil and Butter: For sauteing.
  • Onion: You’ll need 1 yellow onion, diced. White onion, sweet onion, and even red onion can be substituted.
  • Celery: Thinly slice about 3 stalks of celery.
  • Carrots: I use 1 cup of pre-cut carrot matchsticks; you can also substitute shredded carrots.
  • Garlic: Mince the garlic or put it through a garlic press.
  • Parsley: Use 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley.
  • Thyme Leaves: No need to chop these!
  • Chicken: You’ll need 2 to 3 cups cooked shredded chicken breasts. (Graby this recipe for my easy method for Oven Baked Chicken Breasts) You can also just grab a rotisserie chicken. 🤷‍♀️
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Chicken Broth: This recipe uses 5 cups of broth. I use low-sodium so I can control the salt, but you can substitute homemade broth, veggie broth, or bone broth.
  • Gnocchi: You’ll need a bag of 12 to 16 ounces of pre-made gnocchi. Easy!
  • Spinach: I use fresh baby spinach, but you can also use baby kale leaves.
  • Half and Half: You can substitute whole milk or your favorite non-dairy milk, but the taste and texture will vary.
sauteeing vegetables in soup pot

How to Make Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

  1. Saute Veggies, Herbs, and Chicken. Heat the olive oil and butter in a dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Then stir in parsley, thyme, and cooked chicken; season with salt and pepper, and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add Broth and Simmer. Stir the chicken broth into the pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add Gnocchi, Spinach, and Half and Half. Stir in the gnocchi and spinach; cook for 2 minutes, or until spinach is wilted. Then add the half and half, and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes, just to heat through. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust.
  4. Remove from heat and Enjoy!
boiling gnocchi in dutch oven

Tips for the Best Chicken Gnocchi Soup

  • Don’t Overcook: Since you’re working with pre-cooked chicken, be sure to watch the time!
  • Are My Gnocchi Done? These little pre-made potato-pasta dumplings generally cook up in one or two minutes, but you’ll know they’re done for sure when they float to the top of the simmering soup. Cool, huh? But be careful not to cook it very long past that point, or it will be tough!
  • Add Sausage: If you wanted to take this recipe in a slightly different direction, you could add some sweet Italian sausage crumbles, either in place of the chicken or along with it! It’s Zuppa Toscana meets Chicken Gnocchi!

Serving Suggestions

overhead shot of creamy gnocchi soup with spinach and chicken pictured in dutch oven

How to Store and Reheat Homemade Soup

  • To refrigerate: Use airtight containers. Tightly cover leftover soup and store in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • To reheat: Place the desired portion of soup in a saucepan over medium heat, and cook until just heated through. Do not overcook.

Can You Freeze This Soup?

  • I would not recommend freezing this soup. The texture of both the gnocchi and the creamy broth would degrade after thawing and reheating.
creamy gnocchi soup with spinach and chicken pictured in dutch oven
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5 from 6 votes

CREAMY CHICKEN GNOCCHI SOUP

This easy Olive Garden copycat recipe features tender shredded chicken breast, soft potato gnocchi, and baby spinach in a creamy, garlicky broth.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken gnocchi, chicken soup, easy soup recipe, gnocchi soup, olive garden
Servings: 8
Calories: 305kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 cup carrot matchsticks or shredded carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 2 to 3 cups cooked shredded chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bag (12 to 16 ounces) refrigerated gnocchi
  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach, (you can also use baby kale leaves)
  • 1 ½ cups Half & Half
  • freshly grated parmesan, for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil and melt butter In a dutch oven or stockpot set over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions, celery, carrots, and garlic; cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in parsley and thyme leaves.
  • Add chicken; season with salt and pepper, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the gnocchi and spinach; cook for 2 minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
  • Add half and half; stir it and cook for 2 more minutes, just to heat through.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Ladle into soup bowls, garnish with parmesan, and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4665IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 4mg

14 Comments

  • Jen
    November 9, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    5 stars
    My husband always orders this when we go here so it’ll be great to be able to make it at home now. Much more budget friendly for sure, thanks!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      November 10, 2020 at 8:26 pm

      That’s great! I hope you and your family enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Haley Williams
    November 10, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    5 stars
    The perfect comfort food. This is just the right dish for the snow day we just had in Denver!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      November 10, 2020 at 8:26 pm

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Beth
    November 10, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    5 stars
    Yummy! My son and daughter are going to love this recipe! I can’t wait to make this soon! It’s definitely going to be a big hit here at the house!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      November 10, 2020 at 8:25 pm

      I hope you and your family enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Cathy
    November 10, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Gnocchi in soup is my absolute favorite! This looks incredible!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      November 11, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Sara Welch
    November 10, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    5 stars
    I love soup season for recipes just like this one! Was the perfect dinner for a cool night; hands down delicious!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      November 11, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Catalina
    November 11, 2020 at 9:34 am

    5 stars
    A soup is exactly what I need these days! This one looks so hearty and delicious!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      November 11, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Kevin
    November 11, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    5 stars
    This soup is calling my name! I have to make it!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      November 12, 2020 at 4:30 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank you, Kevin! 🙂

      Reply

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