Better Than the Original: Olive Garden Copycat Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Stay Home and Make Your Own Chicken Gnocchi Soup
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
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!
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- 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!
- Pre-cut fresh celery, onion, carrots, and chicken and set each aside.
- In a large pot, sauté the onion in butter over medium to high heat until tender.
- Add celery, salt and pepper, nutmeg, fresh minced garlic, vegetable supreme (or thyme), and flour. Stir briefly over heat to form a roux.
- Add chicken stock, carrots, and spinach and cook for 10 minutes, stirring on occasion.
- 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.
- Add gnocchis and chicken. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
- 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!
What is your favorite thing about Olive Garden restaurants?
Mama Mia! Even Better Than the Original
Photo Guide: How To Make My Copycat Chicken Gnocchi SoupClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 ...
|Serving size: 1 bowl|
|Calories from Fat||252|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 28 g||43%|
|Carbohydrates 25 g||8%|
|Sugar 3 g|
|Protein 12 g||24%|
|Sodium 845 mg||35%|
|* 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
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!
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