Skip to Content

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Chicken gnocchi soup is hearty and full of flavor from the juicy chicken, potato gnocchi, and tender veggies. It can be made on the stovetop or in a slow cooker.

Why Chicken Gnocchi Soup? If you are anything like me – a quick and easy meal WINS many a night. And with this one you are guaranteed big-time flavor.


Because it’s a copycat recipe from America’s favorite ‘Italian’ eatery!

And since they do just about every single dish justice at ye old Olive Garden, this soup is no different (though I hear it’s no longer on the menu – craziness).

I have tested (and let’s be real, loved) a few other Olive Garden Recipes. So if you’re in need of pairings, or just other crowd-pleasing favorites check out the Chicken Scampi, Lasagna Fritta (my fav), and the Copycat Spinach and Artichoke Dip too.

What you need to make this recipe

  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Butter & Olive oil
  • Flour
  • Half and half or subtitute evaporated milk if it’s what you have on hand.
  • Cooked chicken breasts, feel free to use cooke dark meat here too. Any cooked and diced chicken works great.
  • Carrot, shredded or finely chopped
  • Chicken broth, look for low sodium chicken broth
  • Fresh spinach, substitute frozen spinach. Just make sure to squeeze the water out.
  • Thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Gnocchi

How to make chicken gnocchi soup

Start by sauteeing the onion, celery, and garlic in a stockpot or on the sautee setting on your crockpot, in the butter and oil until the onion is translucent; about 5 minutes.

Selected for you :   Thin-Crust Skillet Pizza for Two

Next, add the flour and form a roux. Stir the flour in to coat the veggies and absorb the liquid. It will create a thick coating over the veggies as it cooks.

Then add the half and half, chicken and carrots, and allow the liquid to thicken.

Meanwhile, if making on the stovetop and not in a slow cooker, pre-cook the gnocchi now as per the package instructions.

For the Slow Cooker:

Stir in the chicken broth, gnocchi, and spinach into the slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Finally, cover and allow to cook 4 to 5 hours on low until it’s heated through, thick and creamy.

Tips, tricks, and notes for this recipe

  • This recipe calls for cooked chicken, however, you can use raw. Just brown the chicken in the pan or slow cooker and add time for the chicken to cook through in the broth before adding the gnocchi.
  • If you simmer the gnocchi too long the soup can get starchy.
  • I love spinach and can’t get enough of it. When it’s added to the soup it wilts down to barely anything, so feel free to double, or triple the spinach for this recipe.

What is Gnocchi and where can I get it?

Gnocchi can be hard to spot sometimes at the local market, but I often find it in the refrigerated pasta section.

Usually, near the pasta at markets, gnocchi are small and soft dough dumplings that can be made from a variety of ingredients including semolina, ordinary wheat flour, egg, cheese, potato, cornmeal, or other similar ingredients, sometimes including herbs and vegetables. Most gnocchi you are likely to find in the US is of the potato variety.

Selected for you :   Smoked Salmon Chowder Recipe

As such, it is sometimes hiding in the store with the frozen potatoes and not the pasta. I would check around in the fresh and dried pasta sections, and with the frozen spuds.

Otherwise, relocate to a more Italian-friendly neighborhood, and you are sure to find it at a fresh pasta vendor. For me though, I would make them.

This Gnocchi Recipe with savory short ribs is pretty outstanding. And I won’t blame you if you make a double batch to have them with the beef and in the soup.

How to Store Leftovers

Ladle leftover soup into a resealable airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in batches in the microwave or on the stovetop in a small pot as needed.

slow cooker chicken gnocchi soup recipe Kita Roberts PassTheSushi

More Slow Cooker Recipes to Try

If you’ve tried my Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe or any other recipe on please don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know where you found it in the comments below, I love hearing from you! You can also follow along for more good eats and travel tips on Instagram @passthesushi & @girlcarnivoreTwitter Facebook.

Yield: 8 servings

Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This is one of those recipes that is SO easy, once you make it, you'll be making it once a week!

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.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes


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


In a stock pot or Dutch Oven

  1. In a large stockpot, saute the onion, celery, and garlic in the butter and olive oil. 
  2. When the onion is clear, add the flour and form a roux. 
  3. Stir and cook for a minute.
  4. Add the half and half.
  5. Meanwhile, in another pan, cook the gnocchi. 
  6. Add the carrots and chicken to the stockpot with the roux. Stir often.
  7. When it gets thicker, add the chicken broth, gnocchi, spinach, and seasonings.
  8. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and ladle into bowls to serve.

For Slow Cooker:

  1. Set the slow cooker to sautee, or use a pan over medium heat and saute the onion, celery, and garlic in the butter and olive oil.
  2. Form the roux as instructed above and add the half and half.
  3. Add the carrots and chicken to the roux and stir.
  4. Finally, add the broth and put in the uncooked gnocchi and spinach. Season.
  5. Cover and heat on low for 4 to 5 hours until the gnocchi is cooked through.
  6. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.


Garnish with parmesan cheese and freshly grated black pepper for bonus flavors.

Frugal Antics of A Harried Homemaker from

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 526Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 527mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 21g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate from For specific health concerns, please put the recipe into your Dr recommended nutrition calculator.

Perfect for leftovers, this slow cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup is easy and so freaking delicious! Recipe at

Cheryl Johnson-Domino

Saturday 6th of February 2021

I just made this soup and it turned out delicious. I did not have half and half or evaporated milk so I just used regular milk and it worked just fine. I also thought the recipe called for peas so I added a few. My granddaughter would be impressed because she really likes her peas. I would make this soup in a heartbeat again. Absolutely delicious.


Monday 13th of April 2020

How long should it cook in a slow cooker?


Monday 4th of May 2020

ONly 3 to 4 hours - anything too long and the gnocchi can get a bit squishy.

Lasagna Fritta {Copycat Olive Garden Recipe} - Pass The Sushi

Tuesday 18th of June 2019

[…] Olive Garden Copycat recipes. If you love it, you have to try my other Olive Garden knock-offs Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup, Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Simple Weeknight Chicken […]

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi - Pass The Sushi

Friday 12th of April 2019

[…] have a few here in the recipe archives that are always a hit, like the Chicken Gnocchi Soup, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and Lasagna Fritta. They are theperfect dishes to serve along this to […]

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup | Kita Roberts

Saturday 6th of April 2019

[…] for more delicious Slow Cooker Soup creations? Have no fear, I’ve got you covered!Chicken Gnocchi Soup {Quick Dinner Fixins}Slow Cooker Loaded Bratwurst StewSlow Cooker Beef and Noodle Soup with Artichoke Cheesy […]

Skip to Recipe