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Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

I tasted a similar soup at Olive Garden and wanted to see if I could re-create it myself at home. Here's the delicious result! It's wonderful on a cool evening. —Jaclynn Robinson, Shingletown, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 package (16 ounces) potato gnocchi
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach


  • In a Dutch oven, brown chicken in 2 tablespoons butter. Remove and keep warm. In the same pan, saute the onion, carrot, celery and garlic in remaining butter until tender.
  • Whisk in flour until blended; gradually stir in the milk, cream, bouillon and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the gnocchi and spinach; cook until spinach is wilted, 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken. Cover and simmer until heated through (do not boil), about 10 minutes.
Editor's Note
Look for potato gnocchi in the pasta or frozen foods section.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 482 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 125mg cholesterol, 527mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.


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  • Cheri
    Aug 22, 2020

    I have made this a few times now and it is the richest, most flavorful soup. Rarely is there any leftovers for the next day.

  • vpmommy
    May 6, 2020

    I made the recipe as written and it was very good. I made it after work and it came together quickly I wondered as I was making it if it would taste too milky but it didn't. Very rich, very hearty. My kids loved it too and ate all of the leftovers. A keeper...

  • Bethel
    Mar 20, 2020

    I made this following the recipe exactly, except substituted 1 bullion cube instead of granules as that's all I had on hand. It was absolutely delicious! I had a friend over who is an Olive Garden lover and told her it was a substitute recipe from their restaurant menu and she said it was even better than theirs! Even after the second leftover day having it for lunch, it still retained it's flavor and consistency. Definitely a keeper recipe!

  • Grammy Debbie
    Feb 21, 2020

    Excellent! So delicious, hearty and comforting on a cold winter evening. My hard-working husband gave it two thumbs up and had three bowls! I made it as written, except, since I didn't have any chicken bouillon on hand, I added some seasoning salt to amp up the flavor. I will definitely be making this again!

  • MissCarol44
    Feb 21, 2020

    Some people have mentioned the gnocchi getting "pasty". A friend at church made a big pot of Chicken Soup and brought the cooked rice with her in another bowl. Maybe if you cooked it and put the gnocchi in plastic container or bag you would be able to enjoy the soup longer. Just an idea to share and one I will do when I make this again. :)

  • momofajj
    Jan 25, 2020

    I loved it. I used half and half instead of cream. And added chopped mushrooms.

  • cynandtom
    Jan 22, 2020

    I didn’t change a thing. We all loved this creamy, delicious soup. I served Taste of Home Flavored Oyster Crackers with it. Yum!

  • kredhead
    Jan 21, 2020

    Pinch of thyme, parsley

  • Justine
    Jan 19, 2020

    No comment left

  • Janet
    Jan 17, 2020

    Very good soup. Made for dinner today. I used 1% milk since that is what we use and I didn’t have chicken granules so I used bouillon. I also added nutmeg and thyme. Very rich but very good.