If you’ve ever been to Olive Garden, you’ve more likely seen chicken gnocchi soup on the menu. Its a rich and creamy soup packed with chicken, potato gnocchi, and spinach.
After trying it at the restaurant, I was on a mission to recreate it at home. And I must say, this chicken gnocchi soup copycat recipe has quickly become a staple in our home. I hope it becomes a staple in yours as well.
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- If you love gnocchi try this mushroom gnocchi or gnocchi with prosciutto and peas
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How to make Chicken Gnocchi Soup
- In a large pot, cook the minced garlic in olive oil and butter over medium-high heat.
- Then cook the chopped chicken breast in the same pot. Now add the chopped celery, carrot, and onion and cook until they become translucent.
- Now add the all-purpose flour and stir it for a few minutes.
- Then slowly pour in the chicken broth and add the dried thyme.
- Next you’ll add the cooked gnocchi, half & half, salt, pepper, and lastly add the spinach.
What is gnocchi?
Gnocchi, pronounced (nyoh-kee) is a small dough dumpling made of potato, semolina, all-purpose flour, egg, and sometimes cheese. The can be flavored in various ways and are typically served in a sauce or soup.
Is Gnocchi gluten-free?
Unfortunately, the store-bought gnocchi is not gluten-free, but you can make your own gluten-free gnocchi instead.
What to serve with chicken gnocchi soup?
Since the soup alone is quite filling, there isn’t much more you’ll want to serve with it is besides,
- Salad- like chopped Italian salad, or fresh tomato and feta salad
- Fresh bread- like focaccia bread, harvest bread or overnight rustic bread.
- small appetizers- like smoked salmon cucumber rolls, or eggplant Napoleon
What ingredients are there in chicken gnocchi soup:
- unsalted butter
- olive oil
- chicken breast
- all-purpose flour
- homemade chicken broth or store bought
- dried thyme
- half & half
- black pepper
- 1potato gnocchi
A deliciously rich and comforting soup made of sauteed vegetables, potato gnocchi, and chicken. The flavors truly hit the spot.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1-1 1/2 lb chicken breast
- 1 onion
- 1 1/2 large carrots
- 2 sticks celery
- 8 tbsp flour
- 6 cups homemade chicken broth or store bought
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 2 cups half & half
- 1 1/2 tbsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 lb package potato gnocchi
- 2 cups spinach
- In a large pot, heat olive oil and butter over medium high heat. Add in the minced garlic and stir for about 10 seconds.
- Add the chopped chicken to the pot and stir until fully cooked, and most of the liquid has evaporated.
- Dice the celery, carrot, and onion and add it to the pot. Stir until the onion becomes translucent.
- Add flour to the sautéed chicken and vegetables and stir for a few minutes to get rid of the raw flour taste.
- Then slowly pour in the chicken stock while string to avoid getting clumps of flour.
- Add the dried thyme to the soup and let it come to a boil.Then simmer for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cut the potato gnocchi into halves and cook according to the package. Once it's cooked, pour the gnocchi into a colander and set aside.
- Pour the half and half into the soup and add the salt and pepper. If you're using my homemade broth recipe 1 1/2 tbsp salt should be enough. If you're using store bought broth, you made need to start off with 1/2 tbsp and add more according to your liking. Bring it to a boil again. I bring the soup to a boil almost every time I add an ingredient so that the flavors blend together better.
- Lastly, chop up some fresh spinach and add it to the soup. At this point you can add the gnocchi into the soup as well. Then bring the soup to a boil one last time.
Ps: The original recipe for this olive garden chicken gnocchi soup copycat was posted April 13, 2015. We’ve updated it since.