This Chicken Gnocchi Soup is a favorite Olive Garden copycat recipe. It’s a perfect winter soup that’s easy-to-make and family friendly!
Maybe it’s because I’ve had a cold since… oh, Christmas. Really! Is this happening to anyone else?? The never-ending sickness? Right when I think it’s starting to get better, the next day it’s worse than before. Sooooo annoying. Anyway, I want soup for every meal of the day right now. That, and Starbuck’s Caramel Apple Spice or a homemade batch of Russian Tea. The hotness feels so good on my throat and warms my chills. Mmmmm…. soup.
One of my favorite places to get soup is at Olive Garden. You could probably relate, I’m sure. They have some great ones! My latest fave has been their Chicken Gnocchi Soup. I dream about it all the time. Luckily, I was able to find several recipes for it. I adjusted a few minor things to my taste and am so in love with the result! This will be a regular at my house, for sure.
Chicken Gnocchi Soup
- 3 TBS butter
- 3 celery sticks, chopped
- ⅓ cup grated carrots
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion OR a TBS dehydrated
- 1 TBS minced garlic
- 3 TBS flour
- 8 cups water
- 6 chicken bouillion cubes (or 6 tsp. granules)
- ⅛ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp. ground thyme
- 3 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
- 2 - 3 cups chicken pieces (a rotisserie chicken make it so easy!)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 16 oz. Gnocchi
- In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat.
- Add the chopped celery, carrots, and onions (if using fresh onions.) Cook for a few minutes.
- Add the minced garlic and dehydrated onions (if not using fresh) and cook until all veggies are soft.
- Whisk in the flour, stir and let cook for a minute.
- Add water and chicken bouillon. Stir.
- Add the chicken, nutmeg, and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer about 15 min.
- Heat the heavy cream in the microwave, then add to the soup.
- Add the chopped spinach and gnocchi. Continue to let simmer about 15 minutes, or until gnocchi is cooked.
- If you want your soup thicker, you can combine equal parts cornstarch and cold water and stir it into the boiling soup. (I've never done this.)