Serve Italian for dinner with this comforting & flavorful Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe!
The Olive Garden is one of our favorite restaurants.
It’s no surprise that their Chicken Gnocchi soup is one of their customer favorite recipes.
It’s a soup with tender chicken & gnocchi, creamy broth, and spinach with the perfect mix of spices.
When a facebook reader passed on this recipe last year, it quickly became a family favorite. Although I’m not sure if this is technically a “copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe” -it’s mighty close!
It’s so very delicious and special – and would be perfect for Christmas Eve dinner.
How to Make Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Ingredients you’ll need:
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 quart (4 cups) half n half (Or, if you don’t have half and half, mix 1/3 cup butter with milk to equal 4 cups)
- 28 oz (900 ml) chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
- 1 cup carrots, shredded
- 1 cup spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
- 1 large chicken breast (to equal 1 cup diced, cooked chicken)
- 16 oz fresh gnocchi, ready to use
What is gnocchi?
Some of you may be wondering what gnocchi is. That’s a good question! I would describe it as a cross between a dumpling and pasta. It’s made with potatoes, flour, and eggs. Of course you can make it from scratch, but I choose to use the ready to use version for convenience sake.
How do I make Chicken and Gnocchi Soup if I don’t have half n half cream?
This is a very good question! In fact, I asked it myself when I made it today! I quickly googled how to substitute for half and half and ended up mixing 1/3 cup melted butter with milk to equal 4 cups.
I would definitely recommend half n half if possible, but this substitution method worked just fine – and the soup tastes divine!
Step one: Heat the butter and oil in a large soup pot and add the diced chicken. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink and cooked throughout. Remove from pan and add the onions , celery, and garlic. Sauté until tender.
If the vegetables seem to be getting too dry when sautéing, add in a little more butter.
Step 2: Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
Step 3: Whisk in the half and half and keep whisking until the mixture thickens.
Step 4: Whisk in the chicken broth and stir until mixture thickens again.
Step 5: Add spices, carrots, spinach leaves, gnocchi, and chicken to the broth. Simmer until heated through – about 20 minutes.
Other options for this Chicken Gnocchi Recipe:
To make this recipe even quicker, you can opt to use cooked, diced chicken or rotisserie chicken from the store rather than cook from raw.
If you want a heartier and thicker soup, use twice as much gnocchi as it calls for. It would be really yummy!
What to serve with Chicken Gnocchi Soup:
- These bread machine dinner buns would be delicious!
- English muffins toasted with butter is really good, too.
- You may want to do like Olive Garden does and serve it with a yummy salad with veggies and Italian dressing.
Other hearty soup recipes:
- Taco Soup
- White Chicken Chili
- Hamburger Barley Soup
- Creamy Curry Carrot Soup
- Spicy Pumpkin Soup
- Potato Soup & Dumplings
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