Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

My daughter and I love Olive Garden. It is our favorite place to go and have a girl’s day out. The menu item that has us the most intrigued so far is the Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup. Well, imagine my surprise when I was flipping through the Internet and found that a few people had already recreated our favorite soup! I was SO excited to know I could make it at home.

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

It tastes just like the real thing. No joke!

To make this soup you will need the following items:

The cool thing about this meal is I took a few shortcuts which cut down on the cooking time drastically! Here are the changes I made:

~Instead of making homemade gnocchi, I purchased the boxed kind you can find on the pasta aisle.

~For the chicken, I purchased a small box of cooked and shredded chicken from the deli (Kroger always has these and they are usually right around $2. SUCH a time saver)

~I purchased pre-washed and cut up spinach. This was a tremendous help as well!

Now on to the ingredients!

This meal cost me a small amount of money! Here are the ingredients needed

1 cup chicken breasts, cooked and diced (you can use a rotisserie chicken) ($2.00)
4 tablespoons butter (.20)
4 tablespoons flour (.08)
1 quart half and half ($2.25)
1 14 ounces can of chicken broth (.50)
2 minced garlic cloves (.01)
1 cup carrots, finely shredded (.10)
1 cup onion, finely diced (.30)
1 cup fresh spinach, coarsely chopped ($1.99)
1 tablespoons extra virgin oi(.52)
1/2 teaspoon thyme (.01)
1/2 teaspoon parsley (.01)
Freshly grated Parmesan cheeses i optional (.60)
1 pound potato gnocchi ($3.49)

Total to make this meal: $12.06

There are 10 servings in this pot of soup which makes this cost around $1.21 per serving!

I served this soup with a chicken sandwich (using the same kind of chicken) with mozzarella cheese, spinach, tomato and pesto sauce (all of this was leftover stuff in the refrigerator!)

This is the best stuff you will find! It is deelish!

Here is the printable. Hope you enjoy!

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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Ingredients
1 cup chicken breasts, cooked and diced (you can use a rotisserie chicken)
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 quart half and half
1 14 ounces can of chicken broth
2 minced garlic cloves
1 cup carrots, finely shredded
1 cup onion, finely diced
1 cup fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoons extra virgin oil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon parsley
Freshly grated Parmesan cheeses(optional)
1 pound potato gnocchi

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Saute the onion and garlic in the butter and olive oil over medium heat until the onion becomes translucent. Add the flour and make a roux. Let the butter and flour mixture cook for about a minute before adding 1 quart of half and half.
While this is cooking and thickening, cook the gnocchi in a separate pan according to package directions.
Back in the soup bowl where you added the half and half, add in the carrots and chicken. Once the mixture becomes thick again, add the chicken broth. Once the mixture thickens again, add the cooked gnocchi, spinach, and seasoning;, simmer until soup is heated through.

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Comments

  1. KymPossible says

    Thank you for sharing this! This is my favorite soup at OG – I had it just this week and my hubby and I were talking about how I needed to find a clone recipe and make my own!

    • Morgan Grace says

      About the potato gnocchi .You can not find that just anywhere, try Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods they are natural and organic grocery stores. I actually make my own gnocchi it is pretty easy!

      2 quarts of water

      6 oz all purpose flour

      2 eggs

      2 lbs russet potatoes

      2 tsp of salt

      Wash potatoes and place in water.And cook until soft,then mash potatoes until well mashed.

      mix flour,salt,potatoes,and eggs until dough like

      After all of that roll dough into about 1/2 inch balls

      Boil more water and place them into the water and when they are floating they are done.

      Enjoy! I am 14 years old and have been cooking forever,so this is pretty easy to accomplish!

      And remember to do everything to glory of the one who made you.Jesus Christ our one and only savior!

  2. Kathy says

    I found this recipe off pinterest. Made it tonight and followed the directions with a few minor adjustments and it was a dead ringer. The only things I did different was I poched my own chicken breast and used matchstick carrots…thats it. It was perfect. Thanks a million for sharing.

  3. Kelsey says

    What are the nutrition facts of this soup? Same/better than Olive Garden? Just wondering before I make it. I am wanting a healthified version. Thank you!

  4. Scott says

    I am a big fat guy ( according to my wife) who loves to cook and eat….this is a terrific recipe and duplicates OG’s perfectly. Gnocchi purchased at Trader Joes.

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