A copycat version of the Olive Garden® soup. Oh so good!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion, celery, carrot, and garlic until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir flour into vegetable mixture; cook and stir until vegetables are evenly coated and flour is fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes.

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  • Pour chicken broth, half-and-half, and milk over vegetable mixture; cook and stir until mixture thickens and comes to a boil, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat and stir gnocchi, chicken, and spinach into broth mixture; season with rosemary, salt, black pepper, and nutmeg. Cook soup over low heat until gnocchi become tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can buy frozen gnocchi and place in slow cooker for 2 hours. Or cook entire soup in a slow cooker until flavors blend, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

311 calories; protein 11.7g 23% DV; carbohydrates 19.7g 6% DV; fat 20.6g 32% DV; cholesterol 43.1mg 14% DV; sodium 853.7mg 34% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2015
I could not get enough of this soup!! My husband orders this all the time when we go to Olive Garden so when I saw this recipe I had to try it. I followed the recipe exactly. I finely grated the carrots so that during cooking they dissolved; which was what I wanted (my husband does not eat cooked carrots). I also used homemade gnocchi & fresh spinach because that was all I had. My soup was a little thick so next time I think I will use more milk and less half n half. Each bowl was topped with grated parmigiana. A must try!! Both kids and hubby devoured it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/10/2016
When I saw the high rating on this soup I was really excited to try it since Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup is one of my favorites. I made this recipe almost exactly as written (I did use butter instead of margarine cause that's all I had but other than that no changes). While overall it did have a good flavor both my husband and I felt that the butter and seasonings overpowered the soup. I'm not sure if it was the nutmeg or the Rosemary but it was too strong. And the whole stick of butter just gave it a greasy heavy feeling. I'm disappointed as I was really expecting this to be a new favorite. Will keep searching for something a bit closer to Olive Garden. Read More
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184 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 160
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2015
I could not get enough of this soup!! My husband orders this all the time when we go to Olive Garden so when I saw this recipe I had to try it. I followed the recipe exactly. I finely grated the carrots so that during cooking they dissolved; which was what I wanted (my husband does not eat cooked carrots). I also used homemade gnocchi & fresh spinach because that was all I had. My soup was a little thick so next time I think I will use more milk and less half n half. Each bowl was topped with grated parmigiana. A must try!! Both kids and hubby devoured it. Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2014
Seeing that Gnocchi soup is my ultimate choice even though I desperately try to convince myself to try other soups from Olive Garden, I have to say this recipie is by farr better than the Olive Garden. The only thing I can think of is just making sure the gnocchi is boiled till tender before it's added to the soup, seeing that this recepie is a quick one. In love! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2016
Really good -- DON'T FORGET TO TOP WITH GRATED PARMESAN before eating, if you like it. Kids and hubby ate a lot, including leftovers. We are OG goers, I love this soup and don't recall celery or other distinctive spicing other than nutmeg in the gnocchi. So, I did not use rosemary, or celery. I also used all 2% milk for the two listed dairy ingredients and did need a bit of cornstarch at the end. Roux is better but we try to go g/f when it's easy. This is a great recipe. Update: leftover rotisserie chicken is a yummy and easy sub. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2014
Really close to Olive Garden. Very good!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2014
YES! This recipe is terrific. It's inexpensive, and luckily I already had most of the ingredients on hand. It's simple, which I love as well. Best of all, it's quick. I was able to put it together and serve it about a half hour later. I used a shredded rotisserie chicken which expedited the process as well. Love this! I will definitely be making it again. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2015
We would give it a 10, so good. I followed the recipe as printed and the family loved it and said it is way better than OG!! I don't like cream soups but I promised I would try it and I loved it. Thank you lbarlow07 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2014
A favorite when it gets cold out. I boil my gnocchi before adding to the soup. Otherwise follow the recipe. Add some fresh shredded parmesan before serving. Leftovers reheat well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2015
I made this recipe -almost verbatim but I am embarrassed to admit I only had canned chicken on hand (this NEVER happens so I was appalled at first). It is amazing and actually ends up pretty thick but we love it!!! what an awesome combination of foods, flavors and consistencies! This is a new go-to recipe for those cold nights or snow days!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2014
It was so good my family asked for more. It felt great to have something to warm up the belly. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/10/2016
When I saw the high rating on this soup I was really excited to try it since Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup is one of my favorites. I made this recipe almost exactly as written (I did use butter instead of margarine cause that's all I had but other than that no changes). While overall it did have a good flavor both my husband and I felt that the butter and seasonings overpowered the soup. I'm not sure if it was the nutmeg or the Rosemary but it was too strong. And the whole stick of butter just gave it a greasy heavy feeling. I'm disappointed as I was really expecting this to be a new favorite. Will keep searching for something a bit closer to Olive Garden. Read More
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