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Dairy-Free Chicken and Gnocchi Soup {Olive Garden Copycat + GF}

A creamy and fuss-free Olive Garden copycat, this dairy-free Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is the ultimate comfort food. A healthy, dairy-free, and gluten-free take on a classic, this amazing soup can be made in the Instant Pot, crockpot, or on the stovetop. 

a bowl of dairy-free chicken and gnocchi soup with parsley on top

We’re a family of soup lovers!

Ok, actually, I’m the one who really loves soup. The three males in my house basically just tolerate it. Except when it comes to Chicken Gnocchi Soup; that is something we all love.

Unfortunately, it has dairy and flour in it, two things we try to avoid because of my oldest son’s delicate butterfly stomach.

I made it my mission to recreate our favorite soup, but with no dairy or gluten. Guess what? Nailed it! Bonus: we made it Instant Pot-friendly too!

Soup is pretty much my favorite thing. Whole30 soups are so delicious, comforting, and healthy that I actually put together a guide on 15 Whole30 Soups to keep you warm and cozy.

What is in Dairy-Free Chicken and Gnocchi Soup?

  • Chicken (you knew that was in there, right?)
  • Cauliflower gnocchi (we’ll talk more about this below!)
  • Carrots, celery, onion, and garlic (my perfect storm of happiness)
  • Spices – smoked paprika (in everything I make), parsley, thyme, and tarragon
  • Chicken broth (try making your own chicken bone broth!)
  • Non-dairy milk (I used Nut Pods, but check the recipe notes for other options)
  • Arrowroot powder

carrots, spices, chicken, gnocchi, and other ingredients for dairy-free chicken and gnocchi soup

If you don’t want to make your own homemade bone broth, check out this post on where to buy bone broth. In a very dorky move on my part, I’ve created a free download where you can compare protein and sodium content as well as the price per ounce for various brands. #nerdalert

Is Gnocchi Allowed on Whole30?

No! Damnit. Cue the collective sobbing. Even though all the ingredients in the cauliflower gnocchi are compliant, it is a recreation of pasta and that’s a no-no.

Fine. Whatever. Let’s go pout in our rooms.

Doing a Whole30 round and need help getting started off on the right foot? Download my totally free Trader Joe’s Whole30 Shopping List and Whole30 Costco Shopping List. I have done all the work for you with checking ingredients and figuring out safe foods.

Are Potatoes Paleo?

No. Yes. Maybe. It depends.

As with anything in life, there are super strict “there is only way to do things” kind of people. They’re the ones who reminded the teacher on Friday afternoon that she forgot to assign homework.

And then there are “this food makes me feel good, I like it, and it doesn’t bother my stomach” people.

Depending on what camp you fall into, you may or may not eat potatoes and also follow a paleo diet. If what you are doing works for you, keep on keepin’ on.

Where Can I Buy Free-Range Organic Chicken Breasts?

I used some of the chicken breasts that we got in our monthly Butcher Box orderButcher Box sources only organic and free-range meat for their customers and ships them to your home once a month.

Can I Make Chicken and Gnocchi Soup if I Don’t Have an Instant Pot?

Sure thing! As always, I’ve included slow cooker and stovetop cooking instructions. But seriously, get an Instant Pot. You have no idea what you’re missing.

How to Make Dairy-Free Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

*A detailed and printable recipe card is available at the bottom

Toss the cut chicken breast in the arrowroot powder, stirring to coat.

Add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, gnocchi, chicken, and spices in the Instant Pot. Pour the chicken broth over ingredients and stir to combine.

3 photos showing ingredients for making dairy-free chicken and gnocchi soup

Lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle (valve on top) to “Sealing”. Press Manual>High Pressure>6 minutes. <—–If you have any questions about those terms, check out this post on recipes for Instant Pot beginners.

When the Instant Pot is done cooking, allow for a natural release for 5 minutes, and then use a clean kitchen towel and flip the steam release handle to “venting” to remove any additional pressure.

Remove the lid and add in the milk. Stir and serve.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • If you use fresh herbs instead of dried, you’ll need 1 tbsp fresh to equal 1 tsp of dried.
  • No Nut Pods? Use half coconut cream and half almond or cashew milk.
  • I bought Trader Joe’s (frozen) Cauliflower Gnocchi for this recipe. Feel free to sub in your favorite gluten-free gnocchi. Don’t have a Trader Joe’s or gluten-free gnocchi available locally? I found a few different options on Amazon (Delallo, Little Pasta Organics, and Bionita).
  • Due to the use of coconut cream in this recipe, there will be some natural separation in the broth when this dairy-free chicken and gnocchi soup cools down. It’s perfectly normal and will incorporate better when reheated.
  • You can use the same amount of tapioca starch in place of the arrowroot powder if needed.

an overhead photo of a bowl of dairy-free chicken and gnocchi soup

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a bowl of dairy-free chicken and gnocchi soup with parsley on top
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Dairy-Free Chicken and Gnocchi Soup {Olive Garden Copycat + GF}
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Pressurizing/depressurizing time
25 mins
Total Time
21 mins
 

A creamy and fuss-free Olive Garden copycat, this dairy-free Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is the ultimate comfort food. A dairy and gluten-free take on a classic.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: Dairy-free chicken and gnocchi soup, gluten-free chicken and gnocchi soup
Servings: 6
Calories: 142 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
Instant Pot Instructions
  1. Cube the chicken breast and toss it with the arrowroot powder, stirring to coat.

  2. Add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, gnocchi, chicken, and spices in the Instant Pot. Pour the chicken broth over ingredients and stir to combine.

  3. Lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle (valve on top) to “Sealing”. Press Manual>High Pressure>6 minutes. <—–If you have any questions about those terms, check out this post on recipes for Instant Pot beginners.

  4. When the Instant Pot is done cooking, allow for a natural release for 5 minutes, and then use a clean kitchen towel and flip the steam release handle to “venting” to remove any additional pressure.

  5. Remove the lid and add in the milk. Stir and serve.

Stovetop Instructions
  1. Cube the chicken breast and toss it with the arrowroot powder, stirring to coat.

  2. In a heavy pan (like a dutch oven), heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, and onions stirring to combine. After about 10 minutes of cooking, add the garlic. Add chicken. Cook for 5-10 more minutes.

  3. Add the chicken broth and parsley, tarragon, thyme, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. (NOTE: you'll need 5 cups of chicken broth to make this on the stovetop).

  4. Crank the heat up to medium-high, add the gnocchi and milk and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Stirring constantly, cook on medium-high for 2-4 minutes.  Reduce the temperature to medium and cook until the gnocchi is floating on the top.

Crockpot Instructions
  1. Cube the chicken breast and toss it with the arrowroot powder, stirring to coat.

  2. Add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, gnocchi, chicken, and spices in the Instant Pot. Pour the chicken broth over ingredients and stir to combine. (NOTE: you'll need 6 cups of chicken broth to make this in a slow cooker).

  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours.

  4. 30 minutes prior to serving, add the gnocchi and milk. Stir and put the lid back on and put the crockpot on high. Soup is ready to serve when the gnocchi are floating on the top.

Recipe Notes

If you use fresh herbs instead of dried, you'll need 1 tbsp fresh to equal 1 tsp of dried.

 

No Nut Pods? Use half coconut cream and half almond or cashew milk.

 

You can use the same amount of tapioca starch in place of the arrowroot powder if needed.

Nutrition Facts
Dairy-Free Chicken and Gnocchi Soup {Olive Garden Copycat + GF}
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 280mg12%
Potassium 746mg21%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 12320IU246%
Vitamin C 22.8mg28%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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