Tobins' Tastes: Olive Garden's Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Olive Garden's Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

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Last Friday we enjoyed a little visit from the outer bands of Hurricane Sandy. Thank God we only had heavy rains and gusty winds and no real damage here in South Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in the Northeast who weren't so fortunate.

The only upside of a late season storm in Florida is the amazingly cool weather that usually follows in its path. Over the weekend and earlier this week we had temperatures drop into the low 50's and even a few nights in the high 40's. Stormy nights followed by chilly weather had me in the mood for soup.

It is so rare that it is cool enough to really enjoy a big bowl of soup that I knew I would have to take advantage of it so earlier this week I finally decided to try CopyKat's version of Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi Soup.

I pinned this recipe almost a year ago and I just assumed it would be difficult to make. This is my soup of choice for the Olive Garden "Soup, Salad & Breadstick" meal and the idea of being able to make it at home intrigued me. I am so mad at myself for taking so long to actually make it.

Our homemade version of soup, salad and breadsticks: All from scratch!
This soup blew Olive Garden's out of the water. (Not to toot my own horn or anything...) It was so flavorful, so savory and just the perfect combo of ingredients. I love that the soup wasn't too salty and that we could control the sodium by using low sodium chicken broth. My biggest complaint about eating at Olive Garden is that even though it is sooo good it is a little bit salty for my taste. Problem solved!

The recipe actually made so much that we each had a bowl (or two), I brought a good sized tupperware to work and we had a huge tupperware that we froze for another day. Full of shredded chicken, gnocchi, carrots and spinach, this soup was super filling and made for the perfect hardy dinner on a chilly night. I paired it with a spinach salad and homemade whole wheat baguettes from the freezer and it was almost like we were at Olive Garden : )

Olive Garden's Chicken & Gnocchi Soup adapted from CopyKat
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups of milk (we used 2%)
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 cups of low sodium chicken broth depending on how thick you like your soup
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1-2 cups of shredded chicken, I just used a bag of frozen precooked, shredded chicken we had on hand
  • 1 package gnocchi, cooked or the equivalent homemade
  • handful of spinach leafs, ribboned
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley
1.) Heat the butter and olive oil in a large soup pot. Saute the onion, celery and garlic in the oil and butter until tender.

2.) Stir in the flour and cook for a minute before adding in the milk. Add the carrots and chicken and let the mixture simmer until it starts to thicken.

3.) While it is simmering, cook the gnocchi according to the directions on the package. Strain and set aside.

4.) Once mixture is thickend, add chicken broth to reach desired consistency.Once mixture tightens up again, add the gnocchi, spinach and seasoning. Simmer until fully heated through.

5.) Serve with your own version of salad and bread sticks and enjoy the tastes of Olive Garden right in your own home!

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  1. I pinned this - it sounds and looks delicious! Perfect for chilly weather dinners.

  2. Looks great! New GFC follower from Full Plate Thursday blog hop.

  3. Hi Kay Lee,
    I am so excited to have this recipe, I love this soup. Have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. My daughter made this and said it tastes just like Olive gardens. I'm afraid to make it cause I would eat the whole pot. From the picture looks like yours is even thicker and yummier than Olive Gardens. Thanks for sharing on "I Gotta Try That Monday"

  5. coming over from Mix It Up Monday (hello from another S FLA girl ... east Broward County) ... you gotta make the OG dressing to go along with the salad then!! Here's how I make it ... better than the ones that have the cream cheese added ...

    I think I have everything on hand (except the gnocchi) and may change up my menu plan to make it this week for the cold front coming in on Wednesday! Thanks for sharing!

  6. This looks delicious! Yum, hope i can find the time to make it one day. I really liked OG's version but I love that you like this one better. It actually looks better than OG!

  7. Kaylee,
    This looks delicious. I love gnocchi! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  8. This is wonderful and we love having you at Whimsy Wednesday! Thank you for partying with us!
    Smart! School {House}

  9. Wow this looks amAzing! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

  10. Yum! I have a recipe for the soupa toscana which I love and the gnocchi soup is awesome too...pinning this! :-)

  11. This looks delish! It is soup season and we are always looking for new soups to try. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

  12. This looks very easy! We LOVE Olive Garden soup in our house. Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday.

  13. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing last week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! You are a featured favorite this week! We can't wait to see what you've been up to this week! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

  14. This sounds fabulous! I'm going to try it substituting almond milk and Smart Balance for the dairy. I hope that doesn't ruin it. Wish me luck!

  15. That looks positively fantastic! I think there is just so much about something being homemade that makes it better than what you could buy premade. ;)

    Thank you for linking it up to Tasty Thursday last week. You were one of the most clicked:

  16. You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! I hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button from the Button Box on the sidebar this afternoon. Pinned.

  17. Sweet Lord, this looks and sounds so good! You will be one of the features tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House! Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Can't wait to see what you bring to the party tomorrow. See you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  18. Oh my, this looks so comforting and delicious!
    Perfect for cold nights.

  19. This is my favorite soup at Olive Garden. I love making it at home :) Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

  20. Found this from the Comfort Food hop. We just ate at Olive Garden last night and this soup is my husband's favorite! Can't wait to make it at home. Thanks for sharing :)

  21. Oh my! That is my FAVORITE Olive Garden's soup (except for the salt!) I am DEFINITELY going to have to try this!! YUM!!!!!!!!!


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