My Knockoff Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe

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One of my favorite places to have lunch is the Olive Garden. Between their soup, salad and breadsticks lunch special and their Roscato wine, I could eat there every single day without complaint! Being that our nearest Olive Garden is 20 minutes away and I knew that I could replicate the Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe to some degree at home…I decided to just try to make it myself instead of heading down to Florida City for a bowl!

I found a copycat recipe online, but I was missing too many of the ingredients to actually follow it.

I am not afraid to experiment…so I kind of winged it and came up with my own version of the Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe.

These are the ingredients I had on hand – including some buy-one-get-one-free potato gnocchi from my local grocery store and leftover chicken breast from dinner the previous night.


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin oil
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of chicken broth
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 2 cups cooked and diced chicken breast
  • 1 package gnocchi, cut in half and cooked
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
Note: The copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe called for 1 quart half and half, but I didn’t have that – you may want to try it with the half and half instead of my heavy cream and milk mixture…but my soup turned out awesome, so I will be making it this way again. 

My version of the Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe


Saute your onion and garlic in the butter and olive oil over medium heat until the diced onion is translucent. Add your flour and make a roux. What is a roux? It’s a butter/flour saucy mixture – simple as that for us non-professionally trained home cooks!

Let the butter and flour mixture cook for about a minute and then add in your milk and heavy cream. Stir until completely mixed.

Cook your gnocchi according to package directions – most instructions will tell you to bring salted water to a boil and add your gnocchi. They are “done” once they begin floating to the top of the water. It should only take about 2 minutes, since we’ve cut all of our gnocchi in half for this recipe.

If your kitchen counter looks like this, don’t worry. That just means you’re doing it right…

Add in the carrots and chicken and stir well.

Add in the chicken broth. The copycat version of the Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe noted that if you want a thinner consistency to your soup to use 2 cans of chicken broth – but I wanted a thick soup. Just something to keep in mind as you are cooking – you can always add an extra can if your soup is thicker than you’d like!

Stir until your soup regains a thick consistency, and then add the cooked gnocchi and your seasonings.

Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
This soup was soooo good!!
I made such a large batch for lunch, and my daughter is slightly lactose intolerant, so I knew that she wouldn’t be able to try it. I took the leftovers to my parent’s house and by dinner time that night, my mom was already asking me for the recipe so that she could make more!
My dad actually liked it – and my dad is one of those guys that doesn’t consider soup a meal!


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  1. says

    Oh how my mouth is watering! I absolutely love lunch at Olive Garden too. I’m going to have to try this version. I make a knock of pasta e fagiole! Perhaps we could get together one day before I leave for lunch there! xo

  2. Fiona N says

    Woa! It looks really delicious!!! Definitely I will try to cook it soon! Love your recipe!
    Thank You So Much for sharing!

  3. says

    This looks so good! I tried this soup once at the restaurant and there was only 3 pieces of gnocchi in it. I love gnocchi and was so disappointed! But now I’ll have to try your recipe so I can put in as many pieces as I want. Yum!

  4. says

    OMGosh I LOVE you right now well I loved you before too but even more right now LOL. That’s my favorite thing to get at Olive Garden. I am going to have to try this soon.

  5. Marysa says

    This sounds so good! We did a knockoff recipe for Olive Garden’s soup that has the sausage, potatoes, and kale.. it is SO good as well!

  6. Andi C. says

    I was just checking back at the posts that I missed and glad I found this one! Looks like a great soup now that it’s cold outside!!

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