Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Whenever we go to Olive Garden I always get the soup, salad, and breadstick meal, and of course, it’s always Chicken & Gnocchi Soup. Although with two small kids and a tighter budget, we don’t get to go out to eat as often as we would like. So I had to get creative and make my favorite soup myself. I looked up some copycat recipes online, and of course, they were all slightly different. So I took the best elements of them all and merged the recipes together to come up with my recipe. It isn’t exactly like the Olive Garden version, but it’s close enough to satisfy my cravings in between outings. I had a hard time finding the gnocchi the first time I went to the store. It’s usually with all the dry pasta (think spaghetti, lasagna, elbow noodles, etc.) and on the top shelf in a box. I wish the boxes were a little bigger because I would like more gnocchi in the soup, but not as much as two boxes would make. I keep saying I am going to do one and a half boxes next time, but always forget when I make my grocery list! The rest of the ingredients are pretty standard and easy to find.

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian, Soup
Servings: 6
  • 2 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 16 oz potato gnocchi
  • 6 oz baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp italian seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Boil chicken until cooked through and cut into bite-sized pieces
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat
  3. Cook onion, celery, garlic, and carrots in the hot oil until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes
  4. Stir in cubed chicken, chicken broth, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese
  5. Stir gnocchi unto the simmering soup and cook until they begin to float, about 3-4 minutes
  6. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted, about 3 minutes
  7. Whisk cornstarch into cold water until smooth
  8. Stir cornstarch mixture into simmering soup
  9. Cook until soup thickens slightly, about 5 minutes
  10. Add italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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