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Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This easy Chicken Gnocchi Soup is perfect comfort food. Loaded with vegetables and flavor, this Olive Garden copycat soup recipe will be a family favorite.
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Healthy and easy, this Chicken Gnocchi Soup is the perfect comfort food. Loaded with vegetables and packed with flavor, this Olive Garden copycat soup recipe will become a family favorite. 

a bowl of chicken gnocchi soup on a grey plate with a white napkin

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Creamy Gnocchi Soup isn’t just a soup. It’s a hug in a bowl and a spoonful of comfort.

If you love Olive Garden copycat soups, check out my Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana. There are no unlimited breadsticks, but you’ll save a boatload of cash and don’t have to tip the waiter. You could make Air Fryer Biscuits though!

If you’re looking for an Instant Pot version of this recipe, check out Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup.

Where is Gnocchi in the Grocery Store?

You can find gnocchi in three main places at the store. Frozen gnocchi can be found with freezer meals/pasta, fresh gnocchi is located with fresh pasta, and dried gnocchi will be in the pasta aisle. They’re amazing and are the star of my Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies.

I use dried gnocchi because it is affordable, shelf-stable, and tastes great. You can sub in frozen, fresh gnocchi, or even homemade.  If using frozen, do not thaw before adding it to your chicken gnocchi soup. If you want to use fresh, follow the instructions in the recipe card.

a lade of chicken gnocchi soup

Can I Make This Soup Dairy-Free?

You sure can! Use your favorite non-dairy milk and butter and voila, this soup will be dairy-free.

If you need a dairy AND gluten-free version, you’ll want to check out my Dairy and Gluten-Free Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe.

Need more dairy-free and gluten-free soups? You’ll love Whole30 Potato Soup, homemade Ramen Noodle Bowls, and these 16 Whole30 Soup recipes.

6 step by step photos showing how to make creamy gnocchi soup

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Add 2 cups of cooked spinach for even a soup that is even more veggie-packed.
  • Add 1/8 tsp nutmeg to take your soup next level.
  • Want to make it lower carb? Sub in cauliflower florets in lieu of the gnocchi.
  • Make your prep even easier by learning how to freeze celeryhow to freeze garlic, and how to freeze onions.

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One serving of Chicken Gnocchi Soup has 8 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

a bowl of chicken gnocchi soup on a grey plate with a white napkin
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4.94 from 15 ratings

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup {Creamy Gnocchi Soup}

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
This easy Chicken Gnocchi Soup is perfect comfort food. Loaded with vegetables and flavor, this Olive Garden copycat soup recipe will be a family favorite.



  • In a heavy pan (like a dutch oven), combine butter and olive oil over medium heat.
  • Once the butter is melted, add carrots, celery, and onions, stirring to combine. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add garlic. If using raw diced chicken, add here. Cook for 5-10 more minutes.
  • Sprinkle flour over the veg and chicken, and gently stir to combine.
  • Slowly add the heavy cream, stirring to combine.
  • Add the chicken broth and parsley, tarragon, thyme, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Crank the heat up to medium-high, and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Stirring constantly, cook on medium-high for 2-4 minutes.
  • Once the mixture seems to thicken up and looks a bit cloudy, add the gnocchi, and reduce heat to medium-low. You'll need to keep an eye on it and stir occasionally. If using leftover cooked chicken, add that now.
  • The soup is ready when the (raw) chicken is cooked through, and the gnocchi are floating near the top.


Add a pinch (~1/8 tsp) of nutmeg to really bring out the flavor of the soup.
Nutrition Facts
Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup {Creamy Gnocchi Soup}
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 970mg42%
Potassium 573mg16%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 9395IU188%
Vitamin C 22.8mg28%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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46 comments on “Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup”

  1. Oh, also I used full fat coconut milk because it’s all I had and it was perfect. 

  2. Omg. This soup is so delicious that I am compelled to write my first ever comment after following your blog for the last 8 years. I crisped the gnocchi in a pan before adding to the soup. I also used chicken thighs which I browned first and then set aside and diced…so added a bit of time and effort to the overall process but, totally worth it!! So yummy!!! The gnocchi melted in our mouths. The herb combo is freaking delicious. Smoked paprika and chili flakes are the secret underdog ingredients here; they create an amazing depth of flavour that is so warm and flavourful. My husband could not get enough of this soup and he even sipped up every last bit of the herby broth, which he never does! 5 stars

  3. Sarah, this was so so so good. My husband is sick and when I saw this on my RSS feed, it felt like kismet! I usually make soup that’s just a bunch of old-ish veggies that I blend at the end, which I do like but tastes a little same-y, and this one was amazing. Creamy, and the gnocchis felt like silk on the tongue… I served it with crack bread and it was just heavenly on this autumn night. Thanks for your great work.5 stars

    • Mireille, I’m so glad you guys liked it! Sorry to hear about the man cold, but I’m thrilled I could help keep happy bellies in your home. 🙂

  4. I kinda whined about having to actually stand and cook this soup, but HOLY HELL! Eating it was like if a hug from your grandma came in soup form! Very, very good AND I can freeze half and have it again in 3-4 weeks when nothing sounds good and it’s cold as shit outside! I’ve basically eaten nothing but your soups for like a month now. I have no intention of stopping until spring ♥️5 stars

    • Haha, I’m so excited it was worth the standing time for you. And I love that this review included swearing which basically just means you made my week.

      Daily soup is my kind of thing. You’re my people!

  5. Could I make this without chicken?

    • Of course! I put so little chicken in because I really care about the veggies and the broth. 🙂 If there was no chicken I wouldn’t miss it AT ALL.

  6. Thank you for this recipe! It sounded great and given that I’m on day 5 of a cold that can last 7-14 days (thanks dr!) is just what I needed. 

    I used almond milk—it worked well! And cauliflower gnocchi from TJ’s—also just as yummy!

    Didn’t have tarragon and may have doubled the smoked paprika, but it was sooo sooo good. 5 stars

  7. This was so good! My teenage son claimed the leftovers and requested that it show up often.  Thanks Sarah!5 stars

  8. Do you have a recipe for homemade gnocchi?

  9. This is so good! It has lots of taste, texture and so easy to make!5 stars

    • So glad you liked it Jean! It’s one of our favorites and is so filling.

      • Yum! Soooooo good and I love how easy and fast it was to make (especially with frozen chopped onion and carrot shreds cuz I ain’t got time to peel and chop after work).

        Aidan really liked it too, and he’s super picky. Of course, it helped that he has a thing for chicken noodle soup, and I told him this was a tastier version.????5 stars

      • Haha, love that it is all about marketing with the kiddos! 🙂

        So glad you both liked it!

  10. Made this tonight and it was my very favorite kind of recipe: dead easy, so damn satisfying, and sneakily healthy. My picky kids were too busy gobbling down gnocchi to notice the veggies. I’ll happily eat leftovers the rest of the week.5 stars