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Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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An Olive Garden copycat recipe, this Chicken Gnocchi Soup is creamy, flavorful and really easy to make. Flavorful carrots, chicken and gnocchi cooked together in a thick and creamy broth, this soup will become your new favorite! Delicious with homemade rolls or breadsticks.

creamy chicken gnocchi soup in bowl

Chicken Gnocchi Soup: An Olive Garden Favorite

I’m pretty sure once the Chicken Gnocchi Soup hit the menu over at Olive Garden, it sealed its fate for staying on the menu forevermore, right next to the Zuppa Toscana. It’s a creamy and thick soup filled with carrot, chicken and gnocchi. While no one can ever get the recipe directly from Olive Garden, this one certainly comes close! Give it a try tonight.

What is Gnocchi and is There a Good Substitute?

Gnocchi are Italian dumplings made of potato, eggs and semolina flour. While normally I would come up with a great substitution that would be equivalent to the original, there really ISN’T a great substitution for gnocchi. It’s in a league of its own. However, cheese tortellini can be used in its place. It will be a different “experience” when it comes to the finished product, but if you can’t for whatever reason find gnocchi, give cheese tortellini a try.

Lighten it Up

This is a pretty decadent and rich soup! That isn’t always a bad thing. I might argue that it’s a very very good thing. But if you are looking to cut calories, replacing the whole milk for a 1% or 2% would work perfectly. Also, replacing the heavy cream with fat free half & half would also add that creamy flavor without all the calories.

How to Make Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Soften Veggies

Place large dutch oven over medium heat. Add butter and sautee onion and carrot 4-5 minutes or until onion starts to turn translucent and softens. Add in garlic and cook another 1 minute until fragrant.

Add Broth and Milk

Sprinkle flour over the veggies, stir in and cook 1 minute. Whisk in chicken stock, bouillon paste, milk and salt & pepper. Reduce heat to low. Once you add the milk, you don’t want to boil the soup.

creamy chicken gnocchi soup in pot

Finish with Gnocchi and Spinach

Stir in shredded chicken and cook on low until carrots are tender, 10 minutes. Add in gnocchi and cook another 3 minutes or until they are cooked. Right before serving, stir in heavy cream and chopped spinach. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed (will most likely need salt). Divide into bowls and serve.

Storage Directions

Any leftover chicken gnocchi soup can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat, microwave in 30-45 second increments, stirring occasionally until hot. It will be thicker the second time around, so feel free to splash in a little water or milk to get it to that perfect consistency.

Favorite Sides for Soup

While normally I’d pick out some lovely salads to go on this list, lets face it: we all know we want breadsticks or biscuits or rolls (or all three!) to go with our chicken gnocchi soup. Regardless of what I choose on this list, they ALWAYS go over well.

creamy chicken gnocchi soup in bowl

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I hope you all love this recipe as much we did! It’s a great copycat recipe I’m sure you will add to your rotation. Be sure to share/save/bookmark/pin this gem…it’s a good one. Have a great day, friends!

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

servings 6 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion about 1/2 of a large onion
  • 2 whole carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon paste such as better than bouillon
  • 3 cups whole milk or 2%
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 12 oz shredded rotisserie chicken bones and skin removed
  • 16 oz gnocchi
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups fresh spinach chopped

Equipment

  • 1 dutch oven or other heavy bottomed pot

Instructions

  • Place large dutch oven over medium heat. Add butter and sautee onion and carrot 4-5 minutes or until onion starts to turn translucent and softens. Add in garlic and cook another 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Sprinkle flour over the veggies and stir in and cook 1 minute. Whisk in chicken stock, bouillon paste, milk and salt & pepper. Reduce heat to low. Once you add the milk, you don't want to boil the soup.
  • Stir in shredded chicken and cook on low until carrots are tender, 10 minutes. Add in gnocchi and cook another 3 minutes or until they are cooked. Right before serving, stir in heavy cream and chopped spinach. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed (will most likely need salt). Divide into bowls and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 413mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1884IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: olive garden

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