This copycat version tastes just like the soup from the popular Italian chain restaurant. It's one of our family favorites!

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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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  • Heat butter and olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onion, celery, and garlic until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Whisk in flour and stir until the mixture becomes thick and light golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

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  • Bring 2 cups chicken broth to a boil in a pot. Cook gnocchi in the boiling broth until they float to the top, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer gnocchi to a plate and reserve the broth in the pot. Place chicken in the broth and return it to a boil. Cook until chicken is no longer pink inside, about 7 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate.

  • Stir spinach, carrots, parsley, and thyme into the saucepan with the flour mixture and place over medium heat. Stir in half-and-half and bring to a boil. Cook until starting to thicken, about 3 minutes. Add 2 cups chicken broth. Bring back to a boil and simmer until soup is thick and smooth, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Stir gnocchi and chicken into the soup and season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes:

You can use 1 cup of fresh chopped spinach leaves instead of frozen.

Try substituting 1 cup of cubed rotisserie chicken instead of chicken breast for a more roasted flavor.

Nutrition Facts

429 calories; 31.5 g total fat; 88 mg cholesterol; 744 mg sodium. 24.7 g carbohydrates; 13.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2018
Soup came out very good the first time. Just based on personal preference I would cut the spinach in half as it was very overwhelming. Also I would increase the chicken. I used a 9 oz package of precooked chicken cut up and we had to dig through for bites of chicken. Read More
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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2018
Soup came out very good the first time. Just based on personal preference I would cut the spinach in half as it was very overwhelming. Also I would increase the chicken. I used a 9 oz package of precooked chicken cut up and we had to dig through for bites of chicken. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2018
Soup came out very good the first time. Just based on personal preference I would cut the spinach in half as it was very overwhelming. Also I would increase the chicken. I used a 9 oz package of precooked chicken cut up and we had to dig through for bites of chicken. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2018
Easy and delicious. Prepared exaxtly as directed except I prepared my own chicken stock/broth and I used that chicken. I also used fresh spinach roughly chopped. My family said that it was even better than Olive Garden's. I love them even if they might be liars. I will make this soup again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2018
I made this following the recipe and it taste exactly like the restaurant version. Delicious!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2018
This tastes just like the soup from Olive Garden except better! You can add any personal touches you want or make it thinner or thicker just to your liking. Its decadent and creamy and very very filling! I recommend making the breadsticks too. Perfect meal for a cold day. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2019
DELICIOUS!! I made it and it was very delicious! I changed the recipe a little bit because I didn t have the exact things I needed instead of shredded carrots I finely chopped baby carrots and I sautéed them with the Union and celery And I also added a little bit of Parmesan cheese to it. I saw other reviews about the spinach being too much but I used the amount called for and chopped it very finely and it was perfect! I would suggest doing step 2 first and setting chicken and cooked gnocchi on the side and doing step 1 and 3 together I almost over cooked step 1 waiting for step 3 and I would also suggest cutting and having everything ready before starting to cook the meal as the steps go by very fast! I will be saving this recipe and making again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2019
Good recipe not exactly the same as olive gardens but very close. Only real con is that it takes time to make and leaves a lot of dishes to clean afterward. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2019
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2019
I only put half the spinach in and it was plenty if I would have put all it wouldn t look like the picture at all and my family loved it Read More