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Chicken Gnocchi Soup {Quick Dinner Fixins}

Chicken gnocchi soup is hearty and full of flavor from juicy chicken, potato gnocchi, and tender veggies. It can be made on the stove top 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 guarenteed 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 lets 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.

slow cooker chicken gnocchi soup recipe Kita Roberts PassTheSushi

Now, back to this Chicken Gnocchi Soup.

Because, it’s possibly the best quick fix slow cooker soup you can make.

This is one of those toss things into a slow cooker, run some errands and come home to dinner done sort of recipes. It’s also a great way to use up leftover chicken.

Apparently, a version of this chicken gnocchi soup used to be served at The Olive Garden. It’s since been replaced by the Zuppa Tuscano soup. Personally, I like this soup better.

What is Gnocchi and where can I get it?

From the comments I’ve received on this post, it seems that gnocchi is nearly mythical in some supermarkets.

For clarification, 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.

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

slow cooker chicken gnocchi soup recipe Kita Roberts PassTheSushi

I made this chicken gnocchi soup 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.

And dust off that slow cooker. While it’s on the counter (after making this soup of course) you should go ahead and put it through it’s paces with these delicious slow cooker creations.

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Yield: 8 servings

Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes


  • 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


  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 a minute. Add the half and half.
  4. Meanwhile, in another pan, cook the gnocchi. 
  5. Add the carrots and chicken to the stockpot with the roux. Stir often.
  6. When it gets thicker, add the chicken broth, gnocchi, spinach and seasonings. Cover and heat through.

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.

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