Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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If you love chicken and gnocchi soup at Olive Garden, you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. This homemade version tastes even better than the popular chain restaurant and comes together all in one pot in less than 30 minutes! It's filled with shredded chicken, pillowy gnocchi, and tender veggies in a super creamy, herb-filled broth. 


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  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 pound potato gnocchi
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper


  1. Heat 4 tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add 1 small diced onion, 1 cup sliced celery, and 1 cup matchstick carrots along with a couple larger pinches of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes.
  3. Add 6 cloves minced garlic, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage, and a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Cook for another minute, stirring frequently. 
  4. Sprinkle in 1/4 cup flour and cook for another minute, stirring frequently.
  5. Stir in 1/4-1/2 cup chicken broth to deglaze the pan and scrape all the yummy bits off the bottom.
  6. Stir in the remaining chicken broth along with the 1 1/2 cups heavy cream and a few pinches of salt and pepper.
  7. Bring the soup to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add 1 pound potato gnocchi and 2 cups shredded chicken.
  8. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for about 3-5 minutes or until the gnocchi is cooked through. 
  9. Stir in 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach and 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar. Stir until the spinach wilts.
  10. Season to taste with salt and pepper and enjoy!
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  • Add your favorite veggies! The vegetables in this soup are a super classic trio - celery, carrot, and onion. But beyond that, you can add anything else you like! Red bell pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, corn, chopped kale, or peas would all be great additions.
  • Add your favorite herbs or seasonings! Italian seasoning and rubbed sage really capture the flavor of Olive Garden gnocchi soup but you can use your favorite dried herbs. Dried oregano, dried thyme, and dried rosemary are all great options. Feel free to add freshly chopped parsley for some fresh herb flavor too!
  • Don't overcook the gnocchi! Simmer the soup just until the gnocchi is cooked through. You'll know it's cooked when it is smooth on the outside and has a pillowy texture on the inside. It should be tender with a slight chewiness or toothsome bite. If it is gummy or mushy it's unfortunately overcooked. Gnocchi cooks super fast so keep an eye on it and carefully test one from time to time while it's simmering.
  • Moderately salt this soup! Be sure to add salt and pepper to the pot as you add each new ingredient. This helps to layer the seasonings throughout the soup. The ingredient list here is short and sweet so adequately seasoning it will make a huge difference in the overall flavor.