Chicken gnocchi soup is a copycat of the Olive Garden’s. It’s so quick and simple to make, you can have a restaurant quality soup any day of the week.
Chicken gnocchi soup originally won my husband over when he tried it at the Olive Garden. He kept taking me out to eat so often that I finally challenged myself to learn to make it at home and save a trip.
After spending so much time perfecting the recipe, I can say that I like my version better! I love being able to fine tune the flavors on the fly. I add a little more pepper when I want it spicy or switch up the veggies depending on what is in season.
How to Make Gnocchi
If you want to be an all-star, make the gnocchi from scratch. Find everything you need to know about how to make these Italian potato dumplings here. Making gnocchi is a bit time consuming, but it is worth it. When you do set aside the time to take the plunge, make sure you make several batches so you can freeze gnocchi and have them on hand for later – like when you want to make this soup!
If you are a bit strapped for time or not in the mood to get your hands dirty, go to the grocery store and purchase the pre-made gnocchi. Trader Joe’s has an excellent gnocchi to use when you are in a pinch.
Can You Freeze Gnocchi Soup?
Sadly, freezing this soup isn’t a great idea. The dairy breaks down when you freeze it and when reheated, the texture turns funky. If you have leftovers, it is best to plan to eat them within 5 days. Store the soup in an airtight container in the fridge to keep it fresh longer.
How to Make Chicken Gnocchi Soup
- Season your chicken and grill it. Cube it up and set aside.
- In a pan warmed to medium-high heat, sauté your diced onion, celery and carrots until softened. Whisk in your flour.
- Add in half-and-half and cooked chicken. Bring to a simmer. Add your chicken broth. Bring to a simmer again.
- Add gnocchi. Bring to a simmer.
- Add spinach and remove from heat.
- Serve PIPING hot with a nice piece of no-knead bread.
Tips For The Best Chicken Gnocchi Soup
- Dice your veggies into equal sized pieces to promote even cooking.
- Use store bought gnocchi if you must! But, I don’t have to tell you that homemade is always better.
- Use fresh spinach! The frozen stuff waters down your soup.
- Shred or chop your carrots – whatever suits your preference!
What to Serve Chicken Gnocchi Soup With
Chicken Gnocchi Soup is rich and filling on its own. But, if you want to round it out for a full meal, pair it with one of the following Momsdish favorites:
- Caesar Salad Recipe (Homemade Dressing): What goes better with pasta than a classic caesar salad?
- Classic Garden Cucumber Tomato Salad: The perfect combination of crunch and vinegar to cut through all the fatty richness of the gnocchi.
- Easy Focaccia Bread: Make no-fuss focaccia bread in a pinch and sop up all that delicious sauce.
- The Perfect 5-Minute Asparagus: It only takes three ingredients to make the perfect asparagus. This is my hubby’s absolute favorite!
More Olive Garden Copycat Recipes You Will Love
- One-Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup: One-Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup is a copycat recipe of my favorite soup from the OG. It has a creamy broth that is loaded with sausage, potatoes and kale.
- Minestrone Soup: Coming in at a close second on the O.G.’s favorites list is the minestrone soup. Nothing quite warms the souls like a classic bowl of minestrone.
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- Season chicken on both sides with garlic salt. Preheat skillet to a medium/high and cook chicken until golden brown. Poke with a knife to see if the chicken is cooked through. Let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes and dice it into one inch cubes.
- Dice, chop and prepare ingredients for cooking the soup.
- Melt the butter with oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the veggies softens. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute.
- Add in the half-and-half, cooked chicken, bring to a simmer. Add in chicken broth and bring it to a simmer again.
- Add gnocchi and simmer until gnocchi are fully cooked. Add spinach and remove from the heat.
- Serve while the soup is warm, it also reheats well.