Quick Dinner Fixins: Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Let’s just say my boyfriend and I aren’t conventional. I’m not exactly all about sharing everything that we are going through all of the time on the blog. My blog my tone.
But from time to time, I just have to say, my man hits the nail right on the head. For Valentine’s day I was informed I was getting a gift that most people would consider horrible. Oh yeah, that made me panic. It also filled me with excitement as I considered the things that I may be getting (won’t lie, I love me some present opening – we’ll blame that on the only child thing).
So, when he handed a KitchenAid Meat Grinding attachment for my new KitchenAid standing mixer I went through the roof.
Yeah, he knows me. From time to time, that still shocks the hell out me.


Quick Dinner Fixins: Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Quick Dinner Fixins: Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

I made this in a crock pot and let simmer for a while, adding the gnocchi and spinach towards the end when we were getting ready to serve it.


  • 1 cup chicken breasts, diced and cooked (can use canned chicken or turkey)
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 quart half and half (can use evaporated milk)
  • 1 14 ounce can chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup celery, sliced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 ounce package gnocchi


In a large stockpot, saute the onion, celery and garlic in the butter and olive oil. When the onion is clear, add the flour and form a roux. Stir and cook a minute. Add the half and half . Meanwhile in another pan, cook the gnocchi. Add the carrots and chicken to the stockpot. Stir often and when it gets thicker, add the chicken broth, gnocchi, spinach and seasonings. Cover and heat through.

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I made this in a crock pot and let simmer for a while, adding the gnocchi and spinach towards the end when we were getting ready to serve it.


Now, I need to go stock up on some meat. Lots and lots of meat.

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  1. says

    I remember Kristen doing that soup because my wife loves it!! Great job recreating this delicious soup!
    and thanks for the tips on my last post, I did ad the warning

  2. says

    I made this for dinner tonight. It is quickly becoming my family’s favorite soup. It’s good to know it can be made in the crock pot.

    I cannot wait to see what you do with the meat grinder. What a great gift for a foodie!!!

    • Kita says

      I was actually quite panicked through the day about how the half and half would hold up in a crock pot but it turned out just fine. This is a great base that I can easily see tweaking. I think next time I’ll defiantly use kale instead of spinach because I love sneaking it in when I can and keep the chicken a little more chopped instead of shredded because I’d like the texture better.
      Thanks for the great inspiration!

  3. says

    I would have been excited about that also! I got an Ina Garten cookbook and I love it! Your soup looks delicious and It was great to meet you at Chef Dennis’ today! Have a fabulous weekend!


  4. says

    Can I come over for a bowl of this soup? Wow! Talk about delicious! And I loved to hear about your present. My husband knows that anything to do with Kitchen Aid will make me smile!

    • says

      You don’t know what you are missing! You can get “All you can Eat Soup and bread sticks” for around $6.00 add $4.00 more you can add all you can eat salad too. You can try all the soups they serve, or stick to one. I LOVE their Gnocchi Soup! I love all of them, but that is favorite.
      So glad to get the recipe.

  5. says

    A meat grinder. How romantic! That is awesome. Sounds like my relationship too. Flowers and chocolates? Gag me. A new pair of socks? Excellent!!!
    I love the Olive Garden’s chicken gnocchi soup (although I have a feeling it might be terrible for you), but I found some tiny onions in it and now have sworn it off for life. So imagine my excitement to find your recipe, where I can omit the little nasties? Thanks!

  6. Shelly says

    This might sound like a dumb question, but where can I find the gnocchi? I’ve looked at 2 stores, so far, in the refrigerated and frozen pasta sections with no luck! I bought tortellini, but I have a feeling that won’t taste the same.

    • Kita says

      Hi Shelly, I am sorry to hear you can’t find gnocchi in the frozen/refrigerated pasta section. My only other thought would be to try if you have a fresh pasta section in the deli area? Sometimes I have seen the Buitoni brand in many stores. And as a last ditch effort, I would check near the frozen potatoes, just in case. Personally, I think this soup would be rocking with the tortellini. Texture wise, a bit different, but I’ll take stuffed pasta over gnocchi any day 😉 Letme know how it all works out for you.

      • Connie says

        Gnocchi is also sometimes found in the dry pasta aisle. But I’m finding a lot of stores don’t carry it. :-\

    • says

      I actually found Gnocchi at the Dollar Tree of all places! And Safeway and commissaries have also carried it. And WalMart. Usually in the dried pasta aisles, and usually on the very top shelf.

  7. Amber says

    perfect recipe for this chilly fall day! If I make this in the crockpot should I follow regular cooking directions first or just dump everything in the crock pot?

    • Kita says

      I generally only add the gnocchi and spinach long enough for them to heat through. The spinach should just wilt into the soup. About 10-15 minutes. Thanks

  8. Anita says

    Thank you so much for sharing this soup recipe!! Made it for the first time today and my husband and I had our daughter and our son-in-law over to try it….it was a huge hit with everyone! I put everything in the crockpot to cook on low all day except for the spinach and gnocchi. I used a box of frozen spinach because the fresh spinach in the store looked horrible. It was fabulous!

    • michelle says

      Do you just add all the ingredients into the crockpot including the flour? Or does tge stuff need to be started on a stove top then put in crockpot after the flour is mixed in? Little nervous about adding dry flour straight to crockpot

  9. Manda says

    I’m home alone for the weekend and I love expirementing in the kitchen when my parents are gone- mom is a chef so sometimes hard to work when she is home because she always wants it done her way lol. I made this soup tonight an I added red peppers and a shot of hot sauce and some grated cheese!! It was amazingly good!

  10. ashley says

    I made this recipe a month or so ago, and my husband and I loved it. But it was even better the second day! So this time, I am making it, letting it sit in the fridge for a night, and eating it the next day. I think the flavors work so much better after hanging out for a little while! Love it!

  11. Nona Codes says

    Made this soup with boneless, skinless chicken thighs and it was even better than Olive Garden! Also make the Zuppa Tuscana and it was delicious too. Thanks so much!!

  12. ashley says

    I love this recipe. Creamy and delicious, just perfect for the fall weather we are just now experiencing! I have made this a couple times and discovered it was better the second day. so now I make it late one night before going to bed, and refrigerate it overnight. The next day I heat it up for dinner and its AMAZING!

  13. says

    Kinda sad it tasted nothing like it To me :( it’s usually my favorite soup! I followed directions exactly too… it was either the thyme or onion that bothered me


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