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Better Than the Original: Olive Garden Copycat Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Updated on April 4, 2017
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FlourishAnyway is a mom, a psychologist, and a picky eater who enjoys cooking. She believes that food nourishes the soul.

Stay Home and Make Your Own Chicken Gnocchi Soup

If Olive Garden is your favorite restaurant, now you can enjoy chicken gnocchi soup at home.  This soup is loaded with chicken, little potato dumplings and flavor!
If Olive Garden is your favorite restaurant, now you can enjoy chicken gnocchi soup at home. This soup is loaded with chicken, little potato dumplings and flavor! | Source

No One Should Have to Count Gnocchis

I became a recipe copycat—an inventor of sorts—as a result of having to count gnocchi. No one should have to do that. Here's my story, and my very own secret recipe.

That's How I Became the Queen of Close Enough

I imitate and improve upon favorite restaurant recipes like this one from Olive Garden.
I imitate and improve upon favorite restaurant recipes like this one from Olive Garden. | Source

Mmmm. There's nothing better than Olive Garden's chicken gnocchi soup, a creamy chicken soup with spinach, celery, and potato dumplings called "gnocchi." Served with their bottomless salad bowl and those amazing bread sticks, it makes for a hearty meal.

While there are haters who complain that Olive Garden is fake Italian food, I am not among them. However, sometimes after waiting 45 minutes for a table, I am not pleased to have to verify that my soup does indeed have gnocchi and chicken in it.

If I made this soup at home, however, I could pack it with all the gnocchi and chicken I wanted. Even the last bowl would be filled with them. Sounds like a challenge to me! Let's improve upon a favorite!

Always Start With the Best Ingredients

Start with fresh, good quality ingredients like Perdue Honey Roasted short cuts and organic vegetables and chicken broth.  Your ingredients make all the difference!
Start with fresh, good quality ingredients like Perdue Honey Roasted short cuts and organic vegetables and chicken broth. Your ingredients make all the difference! | Source

Rate This Recipe

4.8 stars from 11 ratings of Copycat Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 8 bowls

Ingredients

  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable supreme or thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 cup carrots, coarsely grated
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 package (approx. 17.6 oz) gnocchi
  • 2-9-oz, packages Perdue Grilled precooked chicken strips, chopped in bite-sized pieces
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded for sprinkling on finished soup (if desired)

Instructions: Show Olive Garden You've Got This!

  1. Pre-cut fresh celery, onion, carrots, and chicken and set each aside.
  2. In a large pot, sauté the onion in butter over medium to high heat until tender.
  3. Add celery, salt and pepper, nutmeg, fresh minced garlic, vegetable supreme (or thyme), and flour. Stir briefly over heat to form a roux.
  4. Add chicken stock, carrots, and spinach and cook for 10 minutes, stirring on occasion.
  5. In a small bowl, thoroughly combine cornstarch and heavy whipping cream. (Cornstarch will not combine well in a hot mixture so you must add it to the cream while cool.) Gradually pour the mixture into the soup pot, stirring constantly.
  6. Add gnocchis and chicken. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
  7. Serve warm in bowls and sprinkle freshly shredded Parmesan cheese on top, if desired. Goes great with bread sticks and an endless supply of salad!

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Mama Mia! Even Better Than the Original

Although I'm curious about the authentic recipe, the copycat recipe doesn't require counting gnocchis.  Decrease the amount of gnocchis and chicken if you don't want such a hearty soup.
Although I'm curious about the authentic recipe, the copycat recipe doesn't require counting gnocchis. Decrease the amount of gnocchis and chicken if you don't want such a hearty soup. | Source

Photo Guide: How To Make My Copycat Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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Pre-cut the vegetables and pre-cooked Perdue chicken strips and set each of the ingredients aside.  Pre-cutting saves you significant time during the cooking process.Sauté the onion in butter until tender.Nutmeg is a secret ingredient!  Form a roux by adding celery, salt, pepper, flour, herbs and spices.  Roux is a cooking term that means the base of a soup.Add chicken broth, carrots and spinach.  Then add the mixture of cornstarch and heavy whipping cream.  Stir constantly to avoid scorching.  Add gnoccis and chicken.We took these delicious ingredients and made a better than original.Add breadsticks and a salad and dig into your copycat soup.  Enjoy!
Pre-cut the vegetables and pre-cooked Perdue chicken strips and set each of the ingredients aside.  Pre-cutting saves you significant time during the cooking process.
Pre-cut the vegetables and pre-cooked Perdue chicken strips and set each of the ingredients aside. Pre-cutting saves you significant time during the cooking process. | Source
Sauté the onion in butter until tender.
Sauté the onion in butter until tender. | Source
Nutmeg is a secret ingredient!  Form a roux by adding celery, salt, pepper, flour, herbs and spices.  Roux is a cooking term that means the base of a soup.
Nutmeg is a secret ingredient! Form a roux by adding celery, salt, pepper, flour, herbs and spices. Roux is a cooking term that means the base of a soup. | Source
Add chicken broth, carrots and spinach.  Then add the mixture of cornstarch and heavy whipping cream.  Stir constantly to avoid scorching.  Add gnoccis and chicken.
Add chicken broth, carrots and spinach. Then add the mixture of cornstarch and heavy whipping cream. Stir constantly to avoid scorching. Add gnoccis and chicken. | Source
We took these delicious ingredients and made a better than original.
We took these delicious ingredients and made a better than original. | Source
Add breadsticks and a salad and dig into your copycat soup.  Enjoy!
Add breadsticks and a salad and dig into your copycat soup. Enjoy! | Source

Cook's Tip: How To Remove An Onion Skin Quickly

To quickly remove the papery outer shell that encases the onion, cut both ends off the onion. Place the onion under cool running water to peel off the outside layers. They come right off.

If You Really Need To Know ...

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 bowl
Calories 415
Calories from Fat252
% Daily Value *
Fat 28 g43%
Carbohydrates 25 g8%
Sugar 3 g
Protein 12 g24%
Sodium 845 mg35%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Get Real Fancy with A Few Italian Words and Phrases

English
Italian
salad
le insalata
soup
la zuppa
bread stick
il grissini
wine
il vino
Let's eat!
Mangiamo
tasty
gustoso
More please?
Più per favore?
You have spinach in your teeth.
Hai spinaci tra i denti.
This is fine dining.
Questo è raffinato.
So many gnocchis! So many pieces of chicken!
Tanti gnocchis! Tanti pezzi di pollo!
Don't worry if you can't pronounce the words just right. Put on your best Italian accent and have fun with it! Don't forget to be expressive with your hands.

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      FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

      rajan - Thank you for stopping by. It's one of my favorite soups. Hope you are able to try it one day!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 10 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The soup certainly looks very tempting and who knows I might give it a shot one of these days. Thanks for sharing this recipe and of the salad and dressing as well.

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      Linda Rogers 14 months ago from Minnesota

      What a great idea!! I'll add a link too. Thx for thinking of this.

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Minnetonka Twin.- These two recipes taken together make a great meal! Adding a link to your recipe.

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      Linda Rogers 14 months ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for the great copycat recipe for Olive Garden's soup. I especially love their never-ending salad bowl with the warm breadsticks. Thanks for stopping by my hub for the copycat recipe for it. Have a great week :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Peggy - Thanks so much! Hope you get a chance to try it. Have a fantastic week.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We have not eaten there often but love the never ending salad bowl. Your soup recipe sounds rich and delicious. Up votes!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Jackie - Thanks for stopping by. Olive Garden is one of my favorites too!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I will have to try this; I just love OGs soups and bread sticks! Thank for sharing this!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      ezzly - It's one of our family's favorite recipes. Enjoy!

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Oh I'm so showing this to my hubby he loves Olive Garden ! Thanks :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      ologsinquito - Thanks once again. You are so generous. Have a wonderful holiday week!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      pstraubie48 - Thanks so much for the visit and share. Hope you are doing well

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a lovely soup for this time of the year.

      Your steps are so clear and easy to follow that I will be giving this a try very soon.

      Bookmarking to try later.

      Pinning and sharing.

      Angels are on the way to you today.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      This is a good time of year to share this one again. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      anglnwu - Absolutely, it does! Thanks for stopping by!

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      anglnwu 2 years ago

      I bet it tastes even better on a cold day. Gnocchis with spinach and celery sounds very good!!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      vespawoolf - I'm making a pot today. There's nothing like it. I hope you'll give it a try. Thanks for stopping by.

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've never had Italian Garden's chicken gnocchi soup, but after reading the list of ingredients in your copy cat soup, I'd like to try it! And it's cheaper and healthier to make it at home. Thanks for sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Redneck Lady Luck - I sure hope you will. It's a good soup, and I know you'll just love it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      ologsinquito - Thanks for stopping by and taking another look. Have a great week

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      I just realized that I have never had Gnocchi. I am sadly lacking because looking at your recipe it looks delicious. Definitely have to give either Olive Garden or your version a try.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      I missed your last article, but I'm not really into Halloween. Anyway, I really liked this one. Hope you're well.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Rebecca - it is a very good soup that I make often. Thank you for sharing and commenting!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      clever way to share a wonderful recipe. I would love this, I bet. I'll share on my Healthy and Yummy board!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Nadine - Glad this inspired you. I am hungry for it, too! Enjoy!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      You have answered my question about what I should cook tonight. Ive copy and pasted your recipe in a notepad and printed it out. Many thanks.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      teaches12345 - Definitely try it! I tried it on recommendation of someone else and loved it. Now I am hooked.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I have not had this soup at Olive Garden but after reading your post, I am trying it next time I visit. I enjoyed the video on hand gestures and meanings. The Spanish culture has so many similar meanings - talk with the hands! Your photo is so yummy looking -- Più per favore?

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Roberta - Thanks so much for your vote of confidence.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Mangiamo! Your recipe looks wonderful and homemade has to be the best on every level.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      PegCole17 - I used to use evaporated milk in soups but found heavy whipping cream is heartier and richer, adding both flavor and thickness. I love it and have have substituted it into my homemade potato soup, onion, broccoli, and other soups. I have a number of creamy soups that I enjoy making and fall is the perfect time to enjoy them. Hope you find it filling and satisfying.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Oh my goodness! This is wonderful to find as I scrolled through hubs today. It's my hubby's favorite thing to order when we go to Olive Garden. I would never have thought to use whipping cream but it sounds divine. I'll definitely pin this one to my favorite recipes board so I can use it when the weather cools down.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Heidi - I love their bread sticks too! I can make a meal of them but always eat them with butter rather than olive oil. Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Hey there! Catching up on my HubPages reading and saw this awesome hub of yours. I LOVE Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi Soup! And through your poll, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who could make a meal of OG breadsticks. :)

      While I'm glad that I now have the "copycat" recipe in the event that OG ever goes out of business, I will probably continue to just drive there and let the professionals do it for me.

      Fabulous hub as usual. Have a great weekend filled with gnocchi and breadsticks!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      CrisSp - Let me know where to show up. I'll bring bread sticks!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Mama Mia! :)

      I'm stealing this from you! Lol! Definitely on my list now specially that it's now getting colder outside. Maybe, I'll have this for our Thanksgiving dinner menu this year instead of our regular pumpkin soup. Hmm...sounds good and you're invited! :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Sunshine625 - Thanks for stopping by. I bet your cooking is fantastic.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I have eaten at an Olive Garden in many years. I did like their breadsticks and salad, but the rest is fake italian food...yep, I'm one of those people :) My italian cooking is much better as I'm sure your soup is.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      WriterJanis - Thanks! Hope you can try it! I know you'll like it!

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      This sounds so delicious. Can't wait to try it. I love copy cat recipes.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Suzanne - Hope you give it a go. It's a favorite around here. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Interesting recipe and looks fairly simple to do. I haven't tried Olive Garden Gnocci but with the cheese added it could be the perfect winter dish! Voted useful.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      btrbell - Glad you're excited about this! Hope you get to try it! Have a great holiday weekend.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much for sharing this. I love this soup and am happy to get the copycat recipe. I have made a copycat of the Zuppa Toscana and it came out great! Up++ and thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Relationshipc - Thank you for your wonderful comment. There is nothing quite like good hearty home cooking, and I'm glad you have your mother-in-law to cook Italian dishes for you!

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      Kari 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      My husband is Italian. He lived in Italy for his most of his childhood and speaks fluent Italian. I can tell you that he likes the Olive Garden, so there's got to be something there. But, it is not exactly like his mothers cooking. And I don't think she's ever made a salad or breadstick for us. ;)

      This is the beauty of home cooking. You can make it stuffed with as much of your favorite ingredient as possible. It's always better at home.

      The soup looks amazing! And, "You have spinach in your teeth," is definitely something everyone who eats Italian food should know!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Mindi - Thanks for stopping by. Isn't it amazing the stuff you can buy there? I love it, especially their Prime membership. Have a great weekend!

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      Amanda Littlejohn 2 years ago

      Nice tasty looking recipe and I'll bet its yummier than Olive Garden's version!

      Who ever would have thought that you could get gnocchi delivered by Amazon? Amazing.

      Bless you :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Shyron - That is exactly my mama's sentiment, as she sends the stuff back to the kitchen when she has to count gnocchis. She shows the server and waits for a fresh batch. I say just make it at home and put all the good stuff you want in it. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Have a great weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      DealForALiving - I'm so glad you will be trying this! Enjoy! Thank you for stopping by to say hello!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Audrey - Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a terrific Labor Day weekend!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Flourish, this looks delicious. If you can count Gnocchis then it is plain chicken soup.

      Not much into recipes but this does interest and I like both chicken soup and Gnocchi.

      Voted up, UBI and shared.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      I love love love this soup and can't wait to try out your recipe. Thank you for sharing with the masses!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Well this looks wonderful I must say--I am vegetarian and gluten free which is often a tough row to hoe--I don't crave meat, but I do crave pasta sometimes

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Writer Fox - Awesome!

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Flourish,

      No, I'm not a vegetarian. I'm a Kosher fox.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      othellos - Many thanks! I didn't look at competitors' recipes, just went by my taste buds and experience. I appreciate your stopping by!

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      Mario Psomas 2 years ago from Europe

      Excellent recipe with so many details that make it superb. Olive Garden's copycat recipes are all over around the web but yours is seldom found. Not to comment that most of those people never tasted the original! Thumb-up & Awesome:=)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      ologsinquito - I bet for those who do not enjoy gnocchi a, they could add noodles or potatoes, although I haven't tried Thanks for sharing!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Susan - Thanks for reading and I hope you will give it a go. I have had a never ending salad bowl at my house since Olive Garden has started selling their dressing. I have never eaten so much salad in my life. Hope you have where you are too!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Writer Fox - Good idea for vegetarians. I've made soups with vegetable stock and they are rich and full flavored. Anyone who hasn't tried vegetable stock doesn't know what they are missing. I'm sure there is a joke in there somewhere about the vegetarian fox but I will leave it alone, Writer Fox! ;-)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Ms Dora - Thanks so much. Olive Garden is a favorite around here but the legit times can sometimes be a bit much for me. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Linda - I appreciate your stopping by. Hope you get to try it!

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      Even though I'm not a gnocchi fan, I know a lot of people are, so I'm voting up, pinning and sharing. I'll trust you that it tastes a lot like the original. :) Very nice article.

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      Susan W 2 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Mmm...what a mouth watering recipe! I'm a huge fan of gnocci and Olive Garden produces some fine food! This recipe is just as good as the original I bet, and I will give it a try some day this week. Coupled with bread and a never ending salad bowl - what filling meal. Your step by step images really help speed up the process for us when cooking it. I can't wait!

      Great profile pic change by the way! :-)

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      This really looks delicious. I want to try this as a veggie version without the chicken!

      Voted up!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Haven't been to an Olive Garden in years, but you bring back lots of memories. Thanks for sharing your recipe which looks Oh so delicious and the Italian conversation, I'm sure, would only make it memorable. Great recipe article!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a great recipe, Flourish! The result looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the Italian words and phrases, too.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      stricktlydating - Thank you for the compliment!

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      StricktlyDating 2 years ago from Australia

      Whatever you write about, the way you write it always makes me smile!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Rose - Thanks for the compliment!

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Copycat recipe or not, the soup sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Bill - If someone as traveled as you are can enjoy Olive Garden (like I do), that is certainly a thumbs up for Olive Garden. Glad you liked the read. Have a great week!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Liz - I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Sha - I like how expressive many Italians are. Thank you for reading and sharing your experiences.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Flourish. You made me smile with this one. I actually enjoy Olive Garden although I'm willing to bet that your home made soup is better that anything I can get at Olive Garden :) Nice touch with the phrases and gestures. Perfetto! Ciao!

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      Elizabeth Parker 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Mmm-this sounds yummy. I never had the soup but I think I would love it. I love the instructions on peeling an onion too- I'll have to try this!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      This recipe sounds delicious! I love the touch at the end with the Italian hand gestures. I'm part Italian. My mother always tells me if I didn't have hands I wouldn't be able to talk. Ha ha. If you surmised my Italian doesn't come from her side of my gene pool you'd be correct.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Bill - I can make chicken a zillion different ways, as I don't eat red meat and try not to eat pork either. Some of the recipes I have scared up from scratch. Thanks for stopping by.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      carrie Lee Night - The chicken broth and butter often have higher than desired levels of salt, too, for those who are sodium minded. In those cases, there are always low-sodium options. Thanks for the feedback.

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      Kept private 2 years ago from Northeast United States

      Thank you for sharing a delicious sounding recipe :). The only suggestion I have is not using chicken short cuts...they are loaded with salt. Slow cooking chicken and shredding it off the bone would be a lot better, but I know for the working professional short cuts would work wonders :). Yum Yum

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You changed your profile picture! Well it's nice to see what you look like. Now all I need is a name, because I know your real name isn't Flourish. LOL

      Any recipe with chicken in it is a good recipe, so thanks for this. Have a great Tuesday my friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Devika - Thanks for reading. Glad you found the recipe tempting!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Frank - Never been to Olive Garden? For a chain restaurant, I enjoy it. Try lunch there. Thanks for reading.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      bearnmom - Glad you enjoyed the video. Please be sure to write down those recipes for your family. Even if they do not appreciate them now some day they will! Believe me! Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Laura L Scotty 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      My family doesn't cook Italian like I did. Instead, they go to Olive Garden. Thank you for the recipe for gnocci soup. The video was over the top with entertainment. Now that I'm turning 70 I no longer cook like I did but I remember my recipes that were handed down from my mother-in-law the original Nunny.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Flourish I never been into an Olive Graden.. seen it.. but there are far better Italian Restaurants in my neighborhood then a chain type eatery with the same signature foods... well after reading this hub and some of the com ments maybe I will let my pride move to the side and give old Olive a try :) Frank

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome! A great recipe with such scrumptious ingredients.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Faith Reaper -- You are so funny. My dad spent a career in food science so we sometimes have made a challenge over the years of trying to figure out what is in our favorite restaurant recipes. Then we try to tweak them for our own tastes. Our favorite was a spinach queso dip that we paid way too much money for at a chophouse. Did a takeoff on the restaurant's dish and now it is a family favorite. Thank you for sharing and commenting. Have a great week, my friend!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Rachael - Having personally experimented with different flavorings, I have found the nutmeg is the secret ingredient, and the McCormick's vegetable supreme is great if you can get it (otherwise settle for thyme). McCormick stopped producing the old vegetable supreme. I haven't seen the other recipes but I am sure they have to be somewhat comparable.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Momma Mia, this looks so awesome my tongue just slapped my face LOL ...I must try this one! Boy, you sure know how to write one heck of a great recipe hub and I love Olive Garden too, no matter what they say. Great idea to do a knock-off of one of their recipes. It certainly looks like it is way better than their recipe, oops shhh.

      I know Bill will be so proud.

      Mangiamo!

      Voted up +++++ tweeting and pinning

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      We went to Olive Garden on Saturday and we loved the Chicken Gnocchi soup so much I had to try it myself. Found a copycat website for not only Olive Garden but lots of other restaurants too. So, I just made this today and made a big enough batch that we have enough for lunch tomorrow. It is so good. Your recipe is almost exactly like the one I found except it calls for extra virgin olive oil, which I choose not to use. Your readers will love this soup if they make it. It's great!

      Voted up and there is not a button for scrumptious-looking, but there should be!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Jaye - Grazie! (Thank you!) I appreciate your kind comments. I love trying to figure out what a recipe entails and then tweaking it to my own tastes. I'm sure there are many others like me. My mother is a constant gnocchi and chicken counter and will send a bowl of soup back to the kitchen in a heartbeat if it's not up to her liking. She is one tough customer. Have a lovely week!

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Flourish - Your recipe hub meets Bill Holland's criteria. There's so much to engage the reader's interest in addition to the actual recipe. I particularly like the Italian phrases and gestures!

      Years ago I frequented Olive Garden and many other restaurants, but prefer to do all my own food prep at home these days. I always liked Olive Garden's 'bottomless' salad with the mild pepperoncinis, which is very easy to copy. Another favorite that I adapted according to whether I was cooking only for myself (no meat) or for guests (a large pot with meat and a smaller one without) is pasta e fagioli. My daughter-in-law, who once wouldn't eat any type of soup, tasted it and asked me for the recipe (which I considered the highest praise).

      The best things about analyzing and copying restaurant dishes is that you know for certain the quality of your ingredients as well as the cleanliness of your own kitchen and no likelihood of a sick food handler. (If you're ill, you just don't cook.)

      Buon appetito!

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      Jaye

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