Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gardner Grub - DIY Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

Olive Garden is our family celebration restaurant. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduation, Date Night, etc. We go to Olive Garden. Everyone loves it and it's relatively inexpensive. Plus, we usually get Olive Garden gift cards as presents which makes it free or cheap.

My favorite item on the menu is Chicken and Gnocchi soup. Those little dumplings are irresistible. 

{DIY Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup}
2 cups chicken breast, cooked and chopped (I prefer to use a rotisserie chicken)
1 Tbs olive oil
4 Tbs Butter
4 Tbs Flour
2 quarts half and half
1 14 oz can of MSG Free and Low Sodium Chicken Broth
2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely shredded (I used my peeler to make thin ribbons)
2 minced garlic cloves
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 tsp parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1 box of potato gnocchi

Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add butter and saute the onion, celery and garlic. Add the flour and make a roux. Let the butter and flour mixture cook for about a minute before adding half and half.
Cook gnocchi according to package.
Transfer roux into a large pot. Add in the carrots and chicken. Once the mixture becomes thick, add the chicken broth. Once it thickens again, add the gnocchi, spinach, and seasoning. Simmer gently until soup is heated through.

Serve with buttered bread.


  1. That looks fabulous. I love all of Olive Garden's Soups, but I don't think I've tried this one!

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  2. Looks delicious!!! Gonna try it!

    - Anne

  3. This is my sons favorite too! I can't wait to make it for him! I'd love it if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday and shared this recipe with us.
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  5. Yummm looks delicious! Cant wait to try

  6. I totally love soup at any time of year. Sounds delicious, but as far as making it I think I'll wait for the winter, but I'm definitely going to try it at Olive Garden. Thanks for hooking up with us at our Recipe Swap Meet & thanks for sharing. Following you!

  7. I love gnocchi and soup! As soon as the "fall chill" is in the air, I'm making this for sure! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays!

  8. Thanks for sharing! Since I can't get to an Olive Garden here in South Africa, this will have to do! Can't wait to try it.

  9. Yum!! Looks very good!

  10. This looks so delicious. I pinned it earlier today and then so quickly about 10 other people repinned it :)

  11. Mmm This looks delicious! This is one of my favorite meals- I can't wait to try it. Thanks!

  12. Omg...the 1st time o tried O.G.s gnocchi soup, I WAS HOOKED!!! Cnt make it there as often as I'd like, so thnx 4 this AMAZING recipe!!! I love soup ANY TIME...super excited 2 try this!!!

  13. I tried it today, wish it was a little thicker... think i didn't do the roux part right. Taste great though, should come out better next time.

  14. I am so pumped about making this! How much whole milk should be used?