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Crock Pot Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This Crock Pot Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup is creamy, flavorful and effortless. A simple but delectable soup recipe!

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I always order the chicken gnocchi soup when I go to Olive Garden so obviously I had to make my own at home! I really wanted to create a slow cooker version. It took a few tries but I think I nailed it with this chicken gnocchi soup recipe. This soup is full of vegetables, chicken, gnocchi and more. If you are craving this restaurant favorite soup, then you have to whip up a batch of this easy Crock Pot Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe.

Ladle scooping some of Crock Pot Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup out of crock pot.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHICKEN GNOCCHI SOUP:

What is gnocchi?

Gnocchi are little Italian dumplings made from potatoes. It’s usually served with a sauce.

What kind of gnocchi do I use?

This uses fresh potato gnocchi. You can either use frozen or fresh. Both will work well in this recipe. Vacuum sealed packaged gnocchi can usually be found in the same grocery aisle as pasta.

What does the cornstarch do to soup?

Cornstarch is a thickener and it will help thicken this soup slightly.

Can I cook chicken gnocchi on low or high?

Yes, you can do either one depending on your time frame. You can cook this on low for 6 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Keep an eye on it as some slow cookers tend to run hot.

What size crock pot is best for this?

A 6-quart crock pot should be able to fit all the ingredients for this recipe. If you want to go larger then you can absolutely use an 8 quart but would not use less than a 6 quart.

What kind of shredded carrots should I use?

For this you can freshly shred carrots on a box grater or you can use matchstick carrots and just chop them up a little bit smaller.

How do you store leftover chicken gnocchi soup?

This can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it will last for up to 3-4 days.

Can you freeze Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup?

Yes.Allow soup to cool then scoop soup into a freezer safe bag. Seal bag well then lay flat in the freezer. It will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months. When ready to serve, place bag into the refrigerator to defrost. Then pour soup into a pot and warm back up on the stove.

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INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • chicken breasts
  • yellow onion
  • celery
  • carrots 
  • garlic
  • chicken broth
  • ground thyme
  • nutmeg
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • potato gnocchi
  • heavy cream
  • cornstarch
  • spinach
  • parmesan cheese, for serving
Ingredients needed: chicken breasts, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, chicken broth, ground thyme, kosher salt, pepper, potato gnocchi, cornstarch, spinach, parmesan cheese and parsley.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN GNOCCHI SOUP:

Add the chicken to the bottom of the slow cooker, followed by the diced onion, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, nutmeg, salt and pepper. 

Vegetable, chicken and spice in crock pot.

Pour the broth into the slow cooker and cover. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

chicken broth being poured over ingredients in crock pot.

Remove the chicken breasts and dice or shred the meat, or shred in crock pot.

Chicken being shred in crock pot.

Return the diced/shredded chicken meat if removed and add in the gnocchi. 

Potato gnocchi added to crock pot.

In a small bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and cornstarch. Pour the mixture into the soup, stir well. Set the slow cooker to high to cook for another 20-30 minutes.

Cornstarch and heavy cream mixture being poured into crock pot.

Stir in the fresh spinach while hot to wilt.

Spinach being added to crock pot.

Serve the soup hot with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley for garnish, enjoy!

Crock Pot Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup in bowl with spoon with breadsticks behind it.

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Crock Pot Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This Crock Pot Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup is creamy, flavorful and effortless. A simple but delectable soup recipe!
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Prep Time: 16 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 46 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the chicken to the bottom of the slow cooker, followed by the diced onion, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Pour the broth into the slow cooker and cover. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove the chicken breasts or keep in the crock pot and dice or shred the meat. Set aside.
  • Return the diced chicken meat if removed and add in the gnocchi.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and cornstarch. Pour the mixture into the soup, stir well.
  • Set the slow cooker to high to cook for another 20-30 minutes.
  • Stir in the fresh spinach while hot to wilt. Serve the soup hot with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley for garnish, enjoy!

Notes

  • The cornstarch is used to thicken the soup, do not omit it.
  • You can cook this soup on low or high.
  • Frozen or fresh potato gnocchi can be used.
  • Olive Garden uses a little bit of freshly grated nutmeg in their Chicken Gnocchi Soup. I chose to leave this ingredient out as it is not a common ingredient most folks have in their pantries. But please feel free to add a touch of freshly grated nutmeg to this soup if you prefer. 
  • Serve with breadsticks
  • Kale, collard greens or mustard greens can be substituted for the spinach. 
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 1678mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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