Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup Hack


I hope you enjoy our daughter’s very popular “Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup Hack” recipe which is full of creamy, savory flavor just like the real deal.  Everyone in your family will love and even crave this version of one of Olive Garden’s most popular soups.

Our oldest child is a very picky eater.  She’s 19 years old now, and still gives me these really weird looks when I’m cooking common recipes that most folks love 😡 .  Over the years I’ve learned to pick my my battles, and feel confident knowing that one day her palate was sure to broaden.  Until then, she has actually learned how to cook her “safe” and even some very “worldly”  favorites when I’m cooking the “weird stuff”.

The best Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup Hack you will ever find! Just look at how creamy and savory that soup looks!

You see, I ended up giving her full access to the kitchen at an early age and she really just went for the gusto.  I watched (excitedly) as she slowly began to experiment with things like chicken teriyaki, and even sushi 😯 .  Even though she wasn’t eating my tuna noodle casserole, or goulash 😥 , she was eating some very impressive recipes.

Eventually, she tried a copycat recipe for Olive Garden’s “Chicken & Gnocchi Soup”, but she didn’t follow it exactly and switched things up to make up her own version.  Daphne now makes “her version” of Chicken & Gnocchi Soup so often, we even served it at her graduation party, and we freeze it so she can take it to her dorm.  This soup is very satisfying to even the pickiest, of pickiest eaters.

There’s our soup chef below on the left.

The best Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup Hack you will ever find! Just look at how creamy and savory that soup looks!

Photo above—->don’t pay any attention to the photo bomb in the back ground 😯 my husband doesn’t notice things like that, lol.  By the way, this photo which is one of my favorites of all time, was taken last Summer in Petoskey, Michigan.  Our amazing kiddos (Daphne & Vic) and my husband and I, were searching for a thrift store someplace to eat while on vacation in Northern, Michigan.  We sure could have used some of Daphne’s soup.

The best Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup Hack you will ever find! Just look at how creamy and savory that soup looks!

Hey friends, before I go…I wanted to make sure you know how to freeze soup in the freezer in a mason jar.  It really is so simple (especially when canning scares you) and I do it all the time with all of my soup recipes.

Start off with a very clean Mason jar and let your soup cool to room temperature or at least to a warm temperature.  Fill the jar with the soup using a funnel and leave about 1/2 inch to the top of the lid without soup like below.  This little space at the top will give the soup some room to expand if necessary.  Be sure to eat your soup within 6 months after freezing.

Lastly, if you’re still craving a few more soup recipes my friends Jane & Kristi are sharing their soups today, too.  Just scroll down and be prepared to slurp.

The best Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup Hack you will ever find! Just look at how creamy and savory that soup looks!

Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup Hack

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Yield: 5-6

Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup Hack


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5-6 garlic cloves minced (or more if desired)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely sliced carrots
  • handful of chopped fresh spinach (or more if you desire)
  • 2-3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1.5 lbs. of chicken breast uncooked & in preferred cube size chunks
  • 2-32 ounces of boxed chicken broth
  • 16 ounces of half & half cream (1/2 quart)
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt (according to your taste)
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 16 ounce uncooked gnocchi depending on preference


Use a large stock pot to add oil, all vegetables (except spinach), and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes to release flavor.

Add flour and stir on medium heat until a paste.

Add chicken stock and stir well still cooking on medium heat.

Add raw chicken and allow to cook thoroughly for approximately 15 minutes on medium heat (simmering).

Add gnocchi and spinach after chicken is done and let it cook on medium heat until the gnocchi rise to the top.

Add salt & pepper.

Turn off heat and add cream and and stir well.

Serve with Olive Garden Salad Hack (recipe below/at, and crusty Italian bread.

Olive Garden Salad Recipe Hack

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Yes you can freeze soup in a mason jar and it's so much easier than canning it!

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12 Responses

  1. Amy says:

    This soup looks delicious!! Tell Daphne I am definitely going to try her recipe! I love the freezing soup in mason jars idea, I never knew. I am going to do that and tell my daughter in law, she uses mason jars for everything. I just made some vegan cream of potato soup and now I have a good way to freeze some of it.

    Love it Jules!! Amy Sue

  2. Bette Querin says:

    Hi Julie:

    So glad to get your daughter Daphne’s recipe for Chicken & Gnocchi Soup.
    My husband is Italian, but doesn’t like gnocchi very much (had a lot of it as a kid). I am going to try this and see if he likes it. Must be nice to have another “chef” in the family.
    Oh by the way did you get my photo of my garden clock, I sent it about 3 weeks ago.

    Cheers, Bette.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Bette! You can substitute rice or any pasta for those gnocchi noodles just so you know! I did get the cute clock pictures and I responded back? Oh no…you must not have got it! It was so clever Bette!! You make me smile every time you comment!!

  3. Kaycee says:

    What a great recipe, I love this soup at the OG!! I’ll bet Daphne’s recipe is much better, too bad I didn’t have this recipe and ingredients on hand for today’s snow storm surprise!
    As for the photo butt, I mean bomb, I didn’t even notice it until I read what you said. When I went back to look at he photo, I laughed so hard I snorted!! Good thing, hubby is in another room, lol!!

    • Julie says:

      So funny, Kaycee! It couldn’t have been planned any better, lol! Now hopefully your snow will melt tomorrow!!!

  4. Dido says:

    I can attest firsthand that Daphne’s soup is delectable , as I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying it at her graduation party. I remember going back for seconds. Great job on the knockoff!

  5. Ruth says:

    The soup recipe sounds good and I will try it. The rolls next to it look amazing. Are they homemade too?

  6. Kristi says:

    Sounds delicious! I’d definitely make it with your salad recipe. The perfect dinner duo.

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