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Better Than the Original: Olive Garden Copycat Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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

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!

How This Recipe Was Created

I became a recipe copycat—an inventor of sorts—as a result of having to count gnocchi to ensure they weren't giving me less than they should. No one should have to do that. Here's my story, and my very own secret recipe.

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 breadsticks, 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. It sounds like a challenge to me! Let's improve upon a favorite!

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!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

45 min

55 min

8 bowls

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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)

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.

Instructions

  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!
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.

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Get Really Fancy With a Few Italian Words and Phrases

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.

EnglishItalian

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!

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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 FlourishAnyway

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