Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

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Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Some of the best things in life can come from the most random and unexpected places. For example, a couple of weeks ago some colleagues and I were talking about Pinterest while sitting around the lunch table. I had mentioned the Olive Garden Copycat Minestrone Soup recipe that you make in a crockpot. Two of them piped up and mentioned the Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup – how it was the best thing EVER. Did I like it?

*Cricket. Cricket. Cricket.*

How had I missed this? I’ve eaten at the Olive Garden more times than I can count, but can’t remember seeing this on the menu, much less having had this soup. “Well, can’t you find a recipe on Pinterest?” And of course, I did in about 2 seconds. This Pin by Reeni of Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice came to the top of the search list.

Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Original Pin

Fast forward to Mother’s Day. My girls are on the other side of the country and the handsome hubby had to work. This year I was on my own, so I did what I wanted to do without any guilt. I thought about this soup and decided that it’s what I wanted for my Mother’s Day supper (along with a pitcher of Sunset Sangria – post to follow).

Wait, did someone ask, “what’s gnocchi”??? Gnocchi is this wonderful pasta made from potatoes that cooks into fluffy light clouds of pillowy pasta perfection. I went shopping and found this gnocchi at my Super Target. It was in the pasta aisle along with the rest of the Archer Farms brand pasta. I was lucky enough to hit the jackpot of savings that day; it was on sale, there was a Cartwheel discount, and I used my Red card. I love getting a good deal!

Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Gnocchi

The Pintesting:

Here are the rest of the ingredients. Reeni suggested using a rotisserie chicken, so that’s what I did. I used the breast meat for the soup, and the rest went to other uses.

Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Ingredients

I regret to say that I made the soup and forgot to take the pictures. The good news is that it was such a basic soup recipe that I know you can do this. UPDATE: I have remade the soup and took step-by-step pictures – just for you.

Heat the butter and olive oil.

Pintesting Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Heat EVOO & Butter

Add the aromatics.

Pintesting Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Add aromatics


Season and saute them until they’re softened.

Pintesting Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Sautee until softened

Add the flour to make a roux.

Pintesting Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Add flour for roux

Cook the flour for a minute.

Pintesting Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Cook flour

Add the chicken broth a cup at a time to incorporate, then add the cream.

Pintesting Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Add broth & heavy cream

And the chicken and simmer it for 20 minutes.

Pintesting Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Add Chicken

Then add the cooked gnocchi and spinach.

Pintesting Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Add spinach

This is what it looked like in the bowl topped with fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano.


Pintesting Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Plated

And THIS is what it looked like with the garlic bread, salad, and Sangria. Happy Mother’s Day to me!

Chicken Gnocchi Soup - Supper Served

The taste was AMAZING! I completely agree with my work friends. The soup was creamy and rich, but not heavy. The gnocchi was light and almost creamy. It was so good that the handsome hubby had two and a half bowls.

The Pintesting Results:

Overall Results: 4.55 Pins

Pintesting Seal 5 Pins


Accuracy: Having never had the original soup, I’m basing this solely on Reenie’s recipe and her blog description. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve eaten this soup before or not. You’re bound to like it. It’s the kind of soup that hugs you from the inside out and the outside in.” The soup was restaurant quality, flavorful, and surprisingly easy to make. 5 Pins

Rated 5 Pins

Difficulty: This is a simple soup recipe, as stated above. The “worst” part, if you can call it that, was cooking the gnocchi in a separate pot. Many soup recipes have you to cook the pasta/noodles/rice/etc. in the soup. I have a feeling that due to the cream, it would have made the gnocchi heavy instead of fluffy. This would be a good recipe for a culinary novice. 4 PinsRated 4 Pins

Time: Reeni gave a prep time of 20 minutes and cook time of 45 minutes. My prep time was about 10 minutes, perhaps because I cooked the gnocchi while the rest was cooking, and I used a rotisserie chicken? Start to finish I made the soup in about 30-35 minutes. 4 Pins

Rated 4 Pins

Cost: The most expensive ingredient for this recipe was the rotisserie chicken, which I got in the cold deli section, at a cost of less than $6. I only used the breast meat, so figure about half of that. I already mentioned that I hit the savings jackpot on the gnocchi. The recipe made enough soup for supper plus a couple days of lunch leftovers. 4 Pins

Rated 4 Pins

Practicality: This is a delicious soup that’s hearty enough to serve for supper with a salad and bread (as I did), but light enough that it can be served as a soup course if you’re entertaining with a multi-course meal. It came together easily and didn’t require any special equipment or cooking skills, and you don’t have to run to the Olive Garden every time you get a craving. 5 Pins

Rated 5 Pins

***Just a note: I received no compensation from the Olive Garden or Target. All opinions are my own.***





Pinterest addict, award-winning baker, and cookbook contributor - I'm Anne and I'm so glad that you've found Pintesting. This is where we test, review, and rate Pinterest pins on a weighted 5-point scale and sometimes share our own recipes, tips, and tricks.

3 thoughts on “Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)”

  1. Thanks so much for making the soup! I’m glad you liked it! I was scared after reading some of your other posts. I’ve never actually eaten it at Olive Garden but my Mom has. She says they are real skimpy on the gnocchi and chicken – they give her lots of broth and maybe 2 gnocchi so I think this is just a heartier version. You could cook the gnocchi right in the soup if you wanted to – the reason I don’t is because it has a tendency to soak up a lot of broth as it cooks. Anyhoo thanks again!

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