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Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Style)
September 10, 2016, 3:18 am
Filed under: Dinner, Soups


My best friend introduced me to Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi soup. Yum! One weekend, I had a bit of a craving so decided to find a good recipe. First attempt and it worked out pretty well! Caution, calories ahead.


4 tbspns butter

1tbspn extra virgin olive oil

1 cup finely diced onion

1/2 cup finely diced celery

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 litre half-and-half

2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth (use 1 can for a thicker soup)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried parsley

1 cup finely shredded carrots

1 cup coarsely chopped fresh spinach leaves

1 cup diced cooked chicken (you can use a rotisserie chicken)

1 (16-ounce) package ready-to-use gnocchi


1. Melt the butter into the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until the onion becomes translucent.

2. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute. Whisk in the half-and-half. Simmer until thickened.

3. Whisk in the chicken broth. Simmer until thickened again.

4. Stir in salt, thyme, parsley, carrots, spinach, chicken and gnocchi. Simmer until the soup is heated through. Before serving, season with additional salt, if necessary.


The gnocchi I bought said “ready in 2 minutes”. I wasn’t sure it was right, but it turned out fine. The recipe also has optional nutmeg (1/2 tsp), but my husband vetoed that idea and we didn’t use it.

Our Home Rating? 4/5 bites



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