Chicken Gnocchi Soup #SundaySupper


Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Just when you think spring is around the corner, it snows.  Well at least here in Colorado that is what happened.  We had almost 2 straight weeks of weather in the 50’s, then we got 4 inches of snow.  We need it, so I guess I shouldn’t complain.  Instead I will make soup!  Pam from The Meltaways is hosting this #SundaySupper event that is all about soup!

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

I love going to Olive Garden for lunch to get their soup/salad/bread sticks meal.  I always get the Chicken Gnocchi Soup.  So last year when I saw Kita posted a copycat recipe of my favorite soup, I was excited to give it a try.  Now, if you have ever had the Olive Garden version you know it is creamy and rich.  That means butter and cream, right?  Well I wanted to cut back on some of the fat so I lightened it up a little.

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

I reduced the fat by half.  Did it affect the flavor?  I am sure it did.  It wasn’t as rich as the Olive Garden version, but it was still creamy, comforting, and delicious.  Just double the butter and oil in the recipe below if you want the full fat version. You could even do this in the crock pot.  Just add the spinach and the gnocchi towards the end, when you are close to getting ready to eat.  I froze the leftovers, and they have made great lunches for me during the week!

Yields 6

A lightened up version of Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi Soup

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 2 Tbls butter
  • 2 Tbls olive oil
  • 1 quart fat free evaporated milk (or half and half)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (16oz) package gnocchi


  1. In a large pot heat butter and oil over medium high heat. Saute onion, celery and garlic until the onion is soft and translucent.
  2. Add flour, and stir until well mixed. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add evaporated milk.
  4. Meanwhile, in another pan cook gnocchi according to the package directions.
  5. Add carrots and chicken to the soup pot. Stir often, it should start to thicken slightly.
  6. Add chicken stock, cooked gnocchi, spinach, thyme, salt and pepper. Cover, and heat for 5 minutes, until heated through.


Adapted from Pass the Sushi

Don’t forget to check out all of the wonderful soups being offered by the #SundaySupper family:

Do The Chicken Dance (chicken {or other poultry} soups)


Where’s The Beef (Beef Soups)


Pass The Pork. Please (Pork or Sausage Soups)


Under The Sea (Seafood Soups)


Eat Your Veggies (Chock Full o’ Vegetables Soups)

Some Don’t Like It Hot (Chilled Soups)


Of course once you have seen all of the recipes for the day, you’ll not want to miss our  #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday

We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. This week we will be sharing out special soup recipes!

Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun.

Follow the#SundaySupper hash tag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat.

Don’t forget to check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Join us Around the Family Table this Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time and share your favorite soup, stew, chowder or bisque recipes with us!




  1. Hi Erin, Nice Soup! I’m not a fan of the chain restaurants but I love copycat chain restaurant recipes because the same dish can be prepared so much better at home.

  2. Love this creamy soup. Never thought to put gnocchi into a soup before. Well done. :)

  3. Great flavors you have going in this soup Erin! I would love to stop by and grab a bowl!

  4. Oh my goodness does this look good! I love gnocchi and I have never tried it in soups. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    What a great recipe, and I love that you lightened it up! I’ve actually never tried gnocchi before, and I can’t wait to try it in soup!

  6. That looks so creamy and delicious. I have never used gnocchi in a soup. Looks like I am going to have to try it soon!

  7. What a great looking soup! Love that you added gnocchi to it! Great idea!

  8. I will be making this ASAP! What a big bowl of comfort!

  9. I love gnocci, but I’ve never thought about using them in a soup! It looks so creamy, and I like the spinachs in it. Be sure I’ll try this recipe!

  10. Oh my, I’m pinning this. I love this soup from OG. Your version looks so good!

  11. [email protected] says:

    Nice hearty soup for a winter day. Perfect for a snowstorm!

  12. I love gnocchi and I bet it tastes great in this soup!

  13. That looks so rich, comforting and wonderful!!

  14. I want a BIG BOWL :) With some hot bread. Mmmm

  15. Around here in the Washington, D.C. area, we sorta like when it snows. Generally, it’s not too much (except for the occasional freak blizzard) and we get out of school and work for as little as a couple of inches of snow. Anyway, this is one amazingly creamy looking soup. What a wonderful idea to use gnocchi in a soup. Creative idea and lovely photos!


  16. Creamy, comforting with half the fat?! Where do I sign up?!

  17. Gnocchi is one of the first things my grandma taught me how to make. This soup looks so delicious!

  18. Mmmmmm, sounds good, and I bet the evaporated milk adds a nice creaminess without the added fat.

  19. This is my favorite OG soup too! Good to see it’s possible to make it healthier…can’t indulge in all that cream with a vacation coming in a couple of months!

  20. One of my favorite soups ever! I love how you lightened it up.

  21. I’m putting this dish on my MUST TRY list!! Love the creaminess of it! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Oh I love that soup. It likes just like at Olive Garden. I am going to book mark this recipe and make it ASAP.

  23. Yum! This soup does look rich and creamy but I am glad to read you cut out some of the fat. With all the baking I do I try to look at other meals to be healthy :)

  24. Yum, I’ve never had this at Olive Garden but I’d love to try your version, it looks wonderful! Love that you lightened it up too.

  25. I love gnocchi, what a delicious soup!

  26. Your soup looks creamy and delicious!

  27. This looks fantastic, Erin! Soooo creamy and comforting.

  28. I love gnocchi, but never thought about putting them in soup. Do they get fatter and puffier when you have leftovers?

  29. My daughter loves gnocchi, but I’ve never put it in soup! I think all 3 of us would love your creamy soup! YUM.

  30. Love this twist, I don’t often see creamy chicken soup

  31. there is NOTHING better than an olive garden soup.salad lunch, but only if it includes this soup. it’s my favorite kind they have! I’ve never thought to make it at home before though Erin! I love how you reduced the fat as well – good thinking!

  32. This sounds so rich and comforting! Glad you have some warm food for your cold winter days! And hopefully spring really will come soon! :)

  33. This soup looks so inviting Wish I could have it right now

  34. Well duh! Never thought to put gnocchi in a soup! Brilliant! Loving the ingredients 😀 We don’t have an Olive Garden here so I like seeing recipes like this.

  35. looks amazing- can’t wait to make!

  36. Yum! My mum used to make this at home. I had totaly forgotten about that and I mustn’t have had it in ages! Thanks for sharing your soup. =)

  37. Can’t wait to try this! It’s my favorite from Olive Garden, too!

  38. When my girls are home, we love to make gnocchi so I am going to bookmark your lovely soup for the next time. It looks creamy and delicious and would make the perfect “saucey” soup for our gnocchi.

  39. mmmmhhh, this soup sounds fantastic!

  40. Mmmm…gnocchi and in a nice soup too. Yummy!

  41. yum!! my cousin and I were just talking about this soup yesterday and how we wanted to learn how to make it! Looks good!

  42. Beautiful soup! We have got to try this! I don’t think I’ve ever had gnocci in soup, and with as much as we love gnocci, that makes me really sad. I love that you lightened up the recipe too. Just my style!
    (By the way, I’m jealous that you hit 50’s before you got snow again, we barely reached 40. :( Spring needs to get here soon!)

  43. Looks great, Erin. I’d love to have this in front of me right now. :)

  44. Lovely soup! I don’t get to Olive Garden too often, but when I do, I love their salad and THIS soup! Now I have a recipe to make at home.

  45. OMG! This is my absolute favorite soup! I was actually eating this while #SundaySupper was going on Sunday night and was trying to figure out how I could make it! YAY! So glad I found your recipe :) Can’t wait to try it!

  46. I’m with you on reducing the fat in half! This soup still looks amazing, yum!

  47. I’ve tried this recipe before and love it!

  48. I finally tried gnocchi for the first time last year and I am in love. I haven’t tried it in that many dishes but I am excited to continue experimenting with it. This looks like a must try for me.

  49. I love gnocchi and this recipe looks incredible. Your photography is amazing! Great job.

  50. This looks so amazing Erin. I love this recipe.

  51. I’ve never used gnocchi in soup. Thanks for the inspiration. This one looks wonderful!

  52. This sounds so delicious – gnocchi are like little pillows of comfort to me. I would love a bowl right now!

  53. Looks like the perfect soup for a billowy new-fallen snow kind of day in Colorado. Kudos,too, for cutting down the cream and butter, Erin.

  54. I’m definitely adding this to my “recipes to try” list – this will be a great addition to my family dinner repertoire! My kids will think I am a hero for making such a tasty soup!

  55. This recipe was fantastic! I just made this soup for dinner, and I can’t wait to be hungry again so I can eat some of the leftovers. It is delicious and creamy, without being nearly as heavy and overly filling as a regular cream-based soup (and obviously at a fraction of the calories and fat).
    Thanks for sharing this soup! It will definitely show up on my table again and again.

    • Thank you so much for the feedback, I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

      • Hey there Erin,
        Do you think this soup would hold over night? If I cooked it on low from 12 midnight until 7:30 or so? Alternatively, could I make it and then refrigerate overnight without it splitting?
        Thanks for your help.

        • I have seen it done in the slow cooker and then just adding the gnocchi for the last 20 minutes to cook. I had no problems with the leftovers though. I froze dome and it was still good after reheating. Hope you enjoy!


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