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Copycat Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup


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If you're a fan of Olive Garden restaurant recipes, you're sure to enjoy this Copycat Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup recipe. This creamy soup, packed with veggies like spinach and carrots is a warm treat that everyone will enjoy. Making this soup in your kitchen is much easier than you may think and only requires a few simple steps. This soup recipe is famous on the Olive Garden menu and now it can be famous in your home.

The creamy soup and filling gnocchi will satisfy any family member or dinner guest. This Italian-style chicken and dumpling soup is a recipe you will definitely want to keep. For the recipe, you can use premade chicken broth for a quick and delicious soup, but making your own adds another layer of rich flavor to this copycat Olive Garden soup

Serves: 6

  • 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked (see note)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • 3 cups chicken broth (see note)
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 pound fresh spinach, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley for garnish

If you like this copycat Olive Garden soup recipe, try our Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo!


  1. Place a large soup pot over medium heat and melt the butter.  Add onion and celery and cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Sprinkle flour into the pan and whisk to coat the vegetables and absorb the butter, about 1 minute.  Gradually whisk in the half-and-half, stirring and simmering over low heat for 5 minutes until thickened.  Gradually add the broth and whisk another 2 minutes. 
  3. Stir in the diced chicken, carrots, spinach, thyme and parsley, then drop in the gnocchi and continue to cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 – 8 minutes until gnocchi are cooked and float to the top. Add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into individual soup bowls and garnish with Parmesan and parsley if desired.

For more copycat Olive Garden soups, check out our list of 7 Olive Garden Soup Recipes.

To make your own chicken broth:

You may use 1 cup of cooked and diced chicken that you already have on hand and use canned broth, or you can begin by cooking a raw chicken breast with 
    4 cups water
    1 bay leaf
    1 stalk celery, chopped
    ¼ cup chopped onion
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Cook at a simmer for 20 minutes, then strain and measure the liquids – this will give you the 3 cups broth needed for the recipe as well as the cooked chicken needed. Dice the meat into small cubes and proceed with the recipe.


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This soup was great! I would make it again in a heartbeat.

This soup was ok, but I would have liked it better if it was a little thicker.

I REALLY liked this soup. I wish I could have helped myself to more. It was super creamy and satisfying.

Creamy and hearty, this soup made the perfect lunch. So often, soups don't have enough "stuff" in them for my liking, but this one has LOTS of gnocchi - my favorite pasta ever - so I'm definitely making this recipe often!

this is my ideal soup recipe. It's creamy and has dumplings, spinach, and onions. Totally satisfying!

I rated the chicken and gnocchi soup as not good ! I do not see my comment !

I made this last weekend. I doubled the recipe and soup for six would have been sufficent! Thought it was BETTER than the Olive Garden's. Heartier! It is a must make again in but in a smaller quantity!! It was a hit

Two wks ago went to Olive Garden, had this soup & raved to server, wishing I had the recipe..he said get it on-line..I found this site & made this soup & it was fabulous!!! After I made it on the stove, I put it in my crockpot on low for an hour then turned to warm..sat all day..longer it sat, better it got..all of it was eaten but 1 cup..will definitely try more recipes

So great to hear! Thanks so much for stopping by.


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