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.

Please hop on over to More Than A Mount Full where I am featured as a guest poster today! Exciting!!


  1. Hubba hubba! This looks creamy and comforting!

  2. You did an excellent job! So creamy, warm and delicious! When you are addicted to food a meat grinder can really get you excited! Oh the possibilities…

  3. I actually just made this exact recipe on Monday. It’s so delicious!

  4. 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

  5. I have never eaten at Olive Garden. I love gnocchi. Stop making me hungry. <3

  6. Soup with gnocchi!!! Love this idea. It looks sooo good and comforting. :) Soup is one of my favorite foods ever.

  7. Oh lucky you…that’s an awesome gift! Bravo boyfriend!!!
    That soup looks great! I love that it is with gnocchi…mmmm!

  8. My sister would worship me if I made her this soup. It looks awesome.

  9. 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!!!

    • 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!

  10. Love your blog! I was happy to see your post over at Chef Dennis’ today. :) Have a great weekend!

  11. 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!


  12. Beautiful photos! And congrats on the guest post at Chef Dennis today-how I found you.

  13. delicious soup looks wonderful

  14. 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!

    • 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.

  15. YUM! That soup looks so good . . . and the Olive Garden? Best restaurant ever! I can’t wait to try it myself. Thanks!

  16. great soup and aw sweet gift

  17. 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!

  18. What an awesome gift. I’ve been dying for a Kitchen-Aid Stand mixer with meat grinder AND pasta attachments. Can’t wait to see what recipes you make with it.

  19. Thank you for this delicious recipe! It was soooo yummy!

  20. 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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • Gnocchi is also not hard to make if you can’t find it in a nearby store.

  21. Made it with the cheese tortellini tonight and it was amazing! Thanks for the recipe and the advice!

  22. Getting a meat grinder attachment for your Kitchenaid Mixer on Valentine’s Day is every girl’s dream :)

    This soup looks amazing. And I love that it’s made in a crockpot. It makes life so much easier.

  23. All I can say is yummmm!! I made this and it was a hit with the family! We will be making it again.

  24. 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?

  25. Charlinealison says:

    I made this last night and it was delicious! Creamy and wonderful! Thanks so much!

  26. I was wondering how long before you wanted to eat did you add the gnocchi and spinach?

    • 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

  27. 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!

    • 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

  28. It doesn’t tell you anywhere how manybowls of soup does it make for how many people?

  29. 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!

  30. I can’t wait to make this for my family but how much does it make???? Thanks for posting this recipe

  31. I am in school, is there anyway to make it in the morning and let it cook during the day? in a crock pot

  32. 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!

  33. 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!!

  34. Dennise says:

    How long should I leave this in the crockpot? How long is “all day”?

  35. 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!

  36. 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

  37. Lily Taggart says:

    How many does it serve?

  38. If you can’t find gnocchi in your supermarket do what I’ve done out of sheer laziness to shop and pull the inside of potato rolls and roll them in your hands to make little potato dumplings. :) Not the same but pretty tasty.


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