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
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.
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.