Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup is every bit as creamy and delicious as the restaurant version, made in less than 30 minutes! 


If you loved this Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup, you’ve gotta try Creamy White Chicken Lasagna Soup, Chicken Marsala Soup, and Best Ever Broccoli Cheese Soup


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There’s a reason nearly everyone loves Olive Garden. Their food is good! And addictive! A quick search of Pinterest reveals hundreds of Olive Garden copycat recipes — from their Italian salad dressing to their toasted ravioli. I can think of a few reasons why seemingly everyone wants to recreate these dishes at home. First of all, it’s more budget-friendly to eat at home. Second, you can make as much as you want (leftovers!). Third, you don’t have to put on pants that don’t have an elastic waistband and drive to the restaurant when a craving hits. And, fourth, you don’t have to take your kids out to eat. I probably should have put that as my first reason, actually. Let’s face it, taking your kids out to eat is the ultimate gamble. And sometimes you’re just not in the mood to test your luck.

Let’s just say the perfect storm of all of these reasons came together for me one fateful Saturday. Not to be outdone, I decided to make my own Chicken Gnocchi Soup, darn it. And no one and no pants with a zipper and a button were going to stop me. Luckily, I had some gnocchi in the freezer and the rest of the ingredients on hand (it’s like I unknowingly prepared for this exact moment).

The rest, they say, is Olive Garden recipe history. The soup was delicious, no one had to go anywhere, and — most importantly — there were plenty of leftovers.

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Gnocchi is made from potatoes, flour, and eggs. I’m not sure what genius came up with this combination, but I am forever grateful. Making gnocchi is fun and rewarding, if you have the time and inclination. I’ve made it before but it’s been a while and now I just tend to use the store-bought varieties, as I find they work well in most recipes. If you want to try your hand at your own homemade gnocchi, allow me to refer you to this recipe. I hope you enjoy it and that it turns out perfectly.

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For this recipe, I suggest you use boneless, skinless chicken that’s already been cooked and diced because it makes this recipe come together more easily. To do this yourself, I recommend dicing the chicken before cooking it, as it will cook quicker that way. You can cook it in a little bit of olive oil until it’s just done. Add a little salt and pepper to it if you like.

Another option is to buy pre-shredded, cooked chicken at your grocery store. It tends to be more expensive, but can be worth it. The only drawbacks are that you’re going to have shredded chicken instead of nice, little, bite-size cubes in your soup and sometimes I think that this kind of chicken tends to have a little bit of a chewier texture than when it’s been more recently cooked.

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Yes, yes, you can make this soup in a slow cooker. Here’s what I would change though, in this recipe. I would still definitely use cooked, diced chicken. So have that at the ready. Also, go ahead and saute the veggies and garlic. THEN put the chicken and veggies all together in the bottom of your slow cooker. Add the liquids and all the other ingredients except the gnocchi, half and half, and spinach. Cook on low for three to four hours, adding the gnocchi in for the last hour of cooking. Before serving, add the half and half and spinach and stir to combine. The spinach should wilt quickly. Serve. Enjoy. And try not to eat it all in one sitting.

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What people are saying about this Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

“Easy to make and delicious. It ended up like a whole dinner in a bowl. Next time I might try using a rotisserie chicken.” – Don 

“This soup is so delicious! It’s so easy and flavorful. I love to top it off with some grated parmesan cheese.” – Erin

“I made this with my Thanksgiving turkey left overs and it turned out fantastic! Thank you so much for the recipe!” – Krystal 

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Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup is every bit as creamy and delicious as the restaurant version, made in less than 30 minutes! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Tiffany


  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 16 ounces potato gnocchi
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add celery, onions, garlic, and carrots and saute for 2-3 minutes until onions are translucent. 
  • Add chicken, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and thyme, bring to a boil, then gently stir in gnocchi. Boil for 3-4 minutes longer before reducing heat to a simmer and cooking for 10 minutes. 
  • Stir in half and half and spinach and cook another 1-2 minutes until spinach is tender. Taste, add salt and pepper if needed, and serve. 

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5 stars
Could you please recommend a brand of Gnocchi that is good to use in recipes? I have not been happy with the ones I have tried.

    Hi Marcia- I typically use Gia Russa when cooking Gnocchi! It’s imported from Italy- so I know it’s the real deal!

      Thank you. I shall try to find it.

        Marcia, I live in a small town and do not have access to lots of ingredients. You can imagine my surprise at findinf gno at Everything’s a Dollar! With low expectations, i bought a package and was very pleased! It’ss Toothy and firm, so it doesnt come apart while COOKING as quickly as other brands. The flavor is nice too.

    i use De Cecco mini gnocchi. they cook quick and are a good bite size.

Would this freeze well?

    I am asking the same question. Has anyone had good results freezing this?

      I have not frozen this soup recipe, yet! But I think that it would turn out. I would love to hear how it turns out for you!

    Hi Mary- I haven’t frozen this soup, yet. But I think it would work!! I would love to hear how it turns for you!

    4 stars
    No,,I have tried it and the gnocchi goes mushy

    No,,I have tried it and the gnocchi goes mushy when you freeze The soup

    if you want to freeze it i would suggest freezing before adding the gnocchi or dairy. the gnocchi don’t freeze great in my experience they get very soggy/mushy when reheated. i USUALLY end up adding fresh ones for better texture.

This looks so delicious! But I’m wonder 3-4 BONELESS CHICKEN BREasts…at my store, the package weights vary widely. Could you please estimate how much in weight (or cups)? Thanks ever so much!

    Hi Nancy- I’d say about 1 lb of chicken total! Give or take.

Can you use frozen spinach?

    Yes- that’s easy to thaw, so I suggest thawing it first!

    5 stars

      Thanks for your input! Glad to hear that you enjoyed this recipe!

UnfortunatEly, while Delicous and easy- this soup doesnt taste like the olive garden version. I will probbaly make It again because we enjoyed it, but I’m pregnant and have been craving the OG version, so i just wanted to leave this review for anyone who is craving thE namesake.

    Thanks for your feedback, Taylor! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

    Picky granddaughter loved this. She sayit is better than olive GARDEN. Winner when I can get her to eat. No leftovers for us. She ate two large bowls.

      Picky granddaughter approved!! Alright! 😉

5 stars
This soup is so delicious! It’s so easy and flavorful. I love to top it off with some grated parmesan cheese.

    Great thinking with the grated parmesan cheese! Thanks for your feedback, Erin! Glad that you love this recipe!

Is gnocchi typicallybought frozen at the grocery stOre? Shoukd i thaw it before addIng it to the recipe or can it be thrown in frozen? Would this chAnge for the crockpot vs stove method?

    Gnocchi is typically on the dry pasta isle at the store! Hopefully that helps you out!

Hi Tiffany, how do you think the recipe would turn out without the chicken? also, would i still need the chicken stock?

HI tiffany – do you think this would work without including chicken? also, do you think i would still need the chicken stock? thanks!

    Hi Amy- I think it would turn out ok without the chicken if you needed to! You will still need to keep the chicken stock however!

    I’m willong to bet you could substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock if you are looking for a vegetarian option!

I wanted to subscribe but couldn’t see where. I have all the ingredients, will be making this right now.

Hello, I was WONDERING, if you have ever made this recipe with homemade ghocchi? And if you have used homemade gnocchi when whould you add it? While simmering Ingrediants or make it on side then aDd?

    Hi Patrick- I haven’t made this using homemade gnocchi.. but I would suggest adding it at the very end.

I Made this with my Thanksgiving turkey left overs and it turned out fantastic! Thank you so much for the recipe!

    Great thinking! I am excited to hear that it turned out delicious for you, Krystal!

5 stars
easy to make and delicious. I just about doubled all the vegetables so i can’t say that i made the true recipe. it ended up like a whole dinner in a bowl. next time i might try using a rotisserie chicken.

    This is great with a rotisserie chicken! So easy. I bet more vegetables would be delicious- I love extra veggies in my soups! Thanks for your feedback, Don!


    I bet that those additions were fabulous- great job! Thanks for sharing, Tabatha!

Hello tiffany! would you define a stalk of celery as the whole bunch or just one rib? thanks!

    An entire bunch!

I loved your recipe! I used a 13oz can of coconut milk instead of the half and half and it’s terrific!

    I am super excited to hear that this soup turned out delicious for you with coconut milk! Thanks for your input, Anne!

    Hmm, was wondering about dairy free option, Is this the full Fat can of coconut milk?

Hi! How many people does this recipe serve?

    It should easily feed 4-6 people!

How many calories in a bowl of this soup?

    Hi Belinda- I recommend using MyFitnessPal. They have a great tool where you can input any recipe URL into and it will generate all the nutritional information for you! It’s free 🙂

5 stars
I tried this recipe and it is the absoluTe clOsest to olive garden soup. It tastes just like it. Perfection thank you🙏🏻

    I made fresh gnoCci much easier than i thought and so much better than frozen or dried. Trust.

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed this recipe so much! Thanks, Alexandra!

How many servings does it the recipE contain?

    4-6 people easily 🙂

I followed recepi word by word but didnt got the white cream soup but flavor was great. What should i do to get the white and cream soup

5 stars
I made this recipe and it was amazing and so simple! I forgot to get the spinach at the grocery store so I substituted 2/3 of can canned spinach. No problem!

    Great job, Carol! Glad to hear that you enjoyed this recipe 🙂

Currently cooking this now and the kitchen smells AMAZING ! I cannot wait to try it, thanks for the recipe!!

    Just got done making it. The whole house smelled like heaven and it tastes absolutely divine! Thank you so much for this recipe. You bet it I’m subscribing!

      Super excited to hear that you enjoyed this recipe so much, Jade! Thanks for your feedback 🙂

    Hope you enjoyed the final dish! 🙂

My son loves this soup and wanted me to add a few extras. Mushrooms and peas. It turned out great!!

    Your son asked for peas?! Woah! 😉 The day my twin toddlers ask for peas will be a day to remember for sure! haha. Super excited to hear that you had such a great experience with this recipe, Linda!

Made this soup yesterday, it was no way near the olive garden version……i was so disappointed.

    This isn’t a typical complaint for this recipe. Sorry to hear that you felt this way!

this is so good! Was the question re: freezing answered? I don’t see the answer.

    I have not frozen this soup recipe, yet! But I think that it would turn out. I would love to hear how it turns out for you!

Just made this soup and while I really enjoyed the recipe, I found that it needed a little more seasoning. I added about a tsp of paprika and 1.5 tsp of garlic powder and onion powder. this really enhanced the overall flavor. Will make again!

    Thanks for sharing your input, Cheyenne 🙂

I made the Chicken gnocchi soup. Amazing great taste. I will make it again, again and again.
Deboraha Chavez

    My favorite type of comment!! Glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe so much, Deborah!

How many will it serve just off this recipe

    It should serve 4-6 people well.

4 stars
I just made this and it turned out delicious! I will say that i had to add a good bit of seasoning. I love garlic so i added garlic salt, garlic powder, and onion powder along With salt and pepper. I’m 38 weeks pregnant and craving OG and this was perfect!

    Thanks for your input, Mandy! Glad you could curb the craving 😉 Good luck with your delivery!

5 stars
Made this for my grandkids and they all loved it

    Way to go, Darlene! Best Grandma ever! 😉

1 star
I did this recipe and it had no flavor. I fallow each step and the only thing with taste was the pre bough chicken….

5 stars
Topping with shredded parm makes it incredible! We will DEFINITELY be making again!

How close dose this taste to Olive gardens

    Given by the recipe title, I’d say pretty darn close 😉

4 stars
This was delicious! Mine was not as thick as olive garden’s, POSSIBLY because i subbed a can of evaporated milk since i DIDN’T have half and Half, but the flavor was great!

    The half and half definitely makes it more creamy! Happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe with your substitution.

How many servings is this. I’ve made it and it’s really good but I can’t remember how many servings we got. If I’m remembering correctly it didn’t make a ton.

    4-6 servings

2 stars
While the soup itself wasn’t bad, it tasted nothing like the original and was only mediocre. Only one of the four people that tried it bothered to finish it.

5 stars
LOVED IT! Thank you!

I am unable to get this soup as creamy as Olive Garden. I followed your directions to the letter the first time, watery soup. Second, time, used less broth, MOre cream (not half and half). What am I doing wrong?

    Half and half is a KEY player in this recipe as to how creamy your soup will be!

I used deli ROTISSERIE chicken. This recipe came together quickly and easily, hardest paRt was chopping the veg up! Kroger brand gnocchi held up well to cooking. Yum yum yum, will defi make again, thanks for this recipe!

    Great job, Lisa!! Those rotisserie chickens are life savers sometimes, aren’t they?! 😉

This is very DeliCious tHough i feel olive garden is thicker. My boys loved it

    Happy to hear that your boys enjoyed this recipe 🙂

    I make a rue, 3tbs butter and flour, cook till it bubbles and INCORPORATEd. Add you cream, continue mixing till it slightly thickened, then add broth and remaining ingredients. The rue helps thicken the soup.

5 stars
Excellent recipe. Just follow instructions and turns out wonderful. Friends and family say it iui s better than you know who.

    ha!! Happy to hear this recipe was enjoyed by ALL! 😉 Thanks, Sandra!

how many servings does the recipe make

    4-6 people

4 stars
I didn’t have any chicken but I did have a lot of sweet Italian sausage! Great substitute!

    Oh that sounds fantastic!! I might need to try that 😉

5 stars
Came out amazing! For thicker soup, cut back one cup of broth and add half a cup of heavy cream. I also simmered it a bit longer than 10 min (closer to 15) before adding the Gnocchi, half and half and spinach. You have to Add your favorite seasonings, specifically itialian. It will be bland without! Thank you for this RECIPE!

A full wife, is a happy wife. =]

    Awesome job!

I just finished this master piece on a cold Colorado Blizzard, I suggest trying the regular chicken broth. I used low sodium but I do believe thats what is keeping this RECIPE from reaching its full potential.

Made this!! My family lOved it. ❤️

5 stars
Made this tonight. It was delicious! And my Swedish husband loved it, too. We’ve never had the namesake, so… PLus, I also thought stalk meant one rib! That will certainly change things next time I make this! Ha.

5 stars
Wonderful recipe, I make a rue, 3tbs butter and flour and then add the cream and other ingredients. I prefer a thicker cream soup.

    Thanks for sharing!

5 stars
I made this soup yesterday afternoon and it’s amazing. even better the next day re-heated. after letting my chicken rest before i chopped it, i sauteed the onions, carrots, celery and garlic and then added the chicken, broth and spices. the grocery story was sold out of thyme so i used the marjoram i had at home instead and i then let this simmer for 2-3 hours on the stove before i added in the gnocci, half and half and spinach. the chicken is so soft from letting it boil for a few hours. if you have time to let this cook, definitely recommend it!

    Thanks for sharing! Happy to hear that you enjoyed this soup for days! 😉

      5 stars
      Sounds like a really great recipe, looking forward to giving it a try! CaN you use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast?

        If you’d prefer!

4 stars
I made this soup according to the recipe. It had good taste and it was great for a cold day, but it was a little thin– it wasn’t thick & Creamy. It was more like a milky broth. When I reheated the next day I added cornstarch to thicken and it was AMAZING! It was definitely better the next day! WILL DEFINITELY MAKE AGAIN.

How many servings is the recipe?

    4-6 people

Omg so good, I had no left overs!! Have to double the recipe so I can have left OVER! Thanks so much!

    Happy to hear you enjoy this recipe just as much as I do! 😉


    You had me at homemade breadsticks!! Happy to hear that this recipe was enjoyed by you guys. Thanks, Chris 🙂

5 stars
I love olive garden’s gnocchi soup. So when i saw this i had to try it. I made a change and i ised the green giant bramd of cauliflower gnoCchi and i used heavy cream since i had it on hamd vs half amd half. This was over the top. My wife thinks im a genius since i didnt tellnher where i got the recipe. Haha

    Yesss!! I wouldn’t fess up to where it came from if I were you! 😉

5 stars
Wow, THIS WAS SO AMAZING!!! Marcia, this recipe is just like Olive Garden. I loved it so much, I took some to work and shared with everyone In the office. Kudos!! I followed the video to the “T”. Great job

    Thank you!

I realize you are using boxed pasta-type gnocchi, but am wondering if anyone has tried the frozen and how you think it would work? thanks!

Hi, i found some skillet gnocchi, woUld it work with the soup. Thank you!

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