Copycat Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup is super creamy and flavorful with ribbons of spinach, and plump gnocchi throughout.  

Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

If there is one thing you need to know about me, it is that when Fall hits, I am a soup fanatic! It’s just one of those meals I never get sick of. It’s so warming & I love the endless possibilities of ingredients all put into one pot. Which is another reason why I love soup, one pot, less mess!

This soup was instantly deemed a new favorite! It’s creamy, & not that bad for you if you use fat free half & half. The flavors are simple, & comforting. I always add extra vegetables to any original soup’s recipe that I find because I prefer about a 60/40 ratio of chunks to broth. The creamy broth with the plump gnocchi dumplings makes this soup lovely & balanced.

Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

If I can give you one more reason to make this soup is that my incredibly picky 4 year old ate this & asked for seconds. Normally he would be like, “Mom, what’s the green stuff? Mom, what’s the orange stuff? Mom, what’s the chunks? I don’t think I like this Mom.” all before he even takes one bite. But he actually looked at it, smelled it, & tasted it before breaking down everything in the bowl & asking what it was. So he actually ate vegetables without crying about it! This soup is a winner people!

And as far as Olive Garden goes, they know how to make soups, & it’s so much fun to re-create them at home! Just check out my Zuppa Toscana recipe as well. Enjoy!

Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup
Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 quart Fat Free Half & Half
  • 1 (14oz) can low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chiffonade (finely sliced)
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 (16oz) package Gnocchi


  1. In a large stock pot heat olive oil & saute chicken breasts. Season with a little salt & pepper. Cook until mostly done (very little pink showing.)
  2. Add butter until melted & then add the onion, celery, garlic & shredded carrots. Cook until onion is translucent. Add flour to absorb the liquid from the butter which will form a roux. Stir well.
  3. Add the half & half and chicken broth. Stir until it comes to a boil. Allow to simmer while you cook the gnocchi in another pot of boiling water until dumplings float (3 minutes.) Drain & set aside. (*You could possibly just add the gnocchi to the pot of soup, but it might thicken the soup too much & be slightly starchy.)
  4. Add spinach, thyme & cooked gnocchi to the pot of soup. Taste & adjust seasoning with salt & pepper. Serve hot.
  5. *If the soup is not thick enough, add 1-2 Tbsp cornstarch mixed with just enough COLD water to stir it smooth. Add to the HOT soup & wait for it to boil to thicken up.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
Recipe altered from Pass the Sushi