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Chicken, Gnocchi and Spinach Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

A delicious copycat version of Olive Garden's delicious Chicken Gnocchi Soup. This recipe uses store bought rotisserie chicken so you can enjoy a hearty and tasty soup in 30 minutes.

Course Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Chicken, Copycat, Gnocchi, Olive Garden copycat, Spinach
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author The Tiny Fairy


  • 1 store bought rotisserie chicken, meat pulled and shredded (about 2 cups of meat)
  • enough extra virgin olive oil to coat the bottom of the pot
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced or mashed
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt prefer Diamond brand
  • ½ teaspoon white ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 14 - 15 oz. package potato gnocchi
  • 2 cups half & half can substitute with whole milk
  • cup liquid - stock, half & half, heavy cream or water
  • 1 ½ - 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach


  1. Shred the chicken meat into bit-size pieces and discard the skin and bones. Set aside.

  2. Heat a wide pot over medium-high heat and coat the bottom of the pot with extra virgin olive oil. Add the chopped onion, celery and carrot and sauté until onion is transparent, about 3 - 5 minutes.

  3. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute.

  4. Add chicken stock, shredded chicken meat, kosher salt, white ground pepper, ground thyme and ground nutmeg. Stir to blend well and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

  5. Make a slurry by whisking together about 1/3 cup of liquid with 1 ½ - 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch. This will help thicken the sauce. Set aside.

    Note: the liquid could be chicken stock, half & half, whipping cream or water.

  6. Add gnocchi, half & half and cornstarch slurry. Stir well to combine, bring to temperature then cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

  7. Add baby spinach and stir to combine. Cover and cook just until the spinach has wilted.

  8. Once the spinach has wilted, taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Serve immediately and enjoy!