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This chicken gnocchi soup recipe is quick, easy to make in your own kitchen, and comforting. The pillowy gnocchi melt in your mouth, there’s tender veggies, and the creamy broth is addictive!

Love making restaurant-quality Italian soups at home? You have to try this Zuppa Toscana recipe, Minestrone, or this Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli!

close-up of a ladle in a pot with chicken gnocchi soup

Why you’ll love it

Now, I know you adore the chicken gnocchi soup from a certain beloved Italian-American restaurant, but I wouldn’t say that this is a straight-up Olive Garden copycat recipe. It’s actually even better. That’s right. Your tastebuds are going to do a happy dance after trying it!

This ridiculously tasty creamy chicken gnocchi soup is straightforward and pretty quick to make when all is said and done. It takes about 35-40 minutes to re-create this mouthwatering meal, and you can feel good knowing exactly what goes into it.

Ingredients for it

  • Olive oil and butter – a classic combo to cook the aromatics with to start this soup off right!
  • Celery, onion, and carrots – this sautéed trio creates a classic flavorful base. Did you know the fancy term for it is soffritto in Italian and mirepoix in French?
  • Garlic – I can’t resist adding garlic to soups
  • Mushrooms – cremini are my choice for their texture, but you could sub with white mushrooms if in a pinch
  • Chicken broth – a wonderful foundation for the soup broth. You can also use chicken stock.
  • Italian seasoning – find this blend in the spice aisle at your grocery store. It’s a jar of mixed dried herbs like rosemary and thyme, and it’s a favorite for so many of my recipes.
  • Chicken – use up any leftover chicken you have, or grab a rotisserie chicken from the store as a time saver
  • Gnocchi – I buy the shelf-stable gnocchi that you can find in the pasta aisle in most major grocery stores
  • Cream – heavy cream tops off the irresistible broth! We’re not using enough to overpower the soup. It’s the perfect amount for ideal creaminess.
  • Fresh spinach – a handful of baby spinach adds a burst of freshness and even more veggie goodness
ingredients in small bowls on a counter for making easy chicken gnocchi soup

Pro tip

  • The potato gnocchi cooks right in the soup, and the starch released from the potatoes helps to thicken up the creamy broth beautifully!

How to make chicken gnocchi soup

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

sauteing onions and carrots for chicken gnocchi soup in a large pot and adding mushrooms

Sauté the onion, celery, and carrots in a soup pot for 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook for a few minutes.

adding broth, gnocchi, spinach, and cream to a pot of chicken gnocchi soup

Add the chicken broth, water, seasoning, chicken, and gnocchi, then bring the soup to a boil. Simmer the soup for 10 minutes. Finally, stir in the cream and spinach and cook for a few more minutes.

Substitutions and variations

  • You can use half-and-half or even milk, but in my opinion you can’t beat the taste and consistency of heavy cream.
  • If mushrooms aren’t your thing, you can leave them out.
  • You could use matchstick carrots if desired. Simply add them in step 4 since they will cook faster than sliced carrots.
  • Want to throw in extra veggies? Go for it! Peas would work great.
  • Some freshly grated parmesan would take this soup to the next level.

What to serve this soup with

close-up of a bowl of chicken gnocchi soup

Leftovers and storage

  • This gnocchi soup will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge in an airtight container, but keep in mind that the gnocchi will continue to release starch. If the soup gets too thick, add another splash of broth or cream to thin it out when reheating over a low heat.
  • You could try to freeze leftovers, but dairy can separate when reheating after it’s been frozen, and the texture of the gnocchi may change. It’s best to just eat it within a few days.
two bowls of easy chicken gnocchi soup on a marble surface

I hope you’ll agree that this is the best chicken gnocchi soup recipe! Questions? Let me know in the comments below. Tag me on Instagram and show me your creations!

close-up of a ladle in a pot with chicken gnocchi soup
4.94 from 33 votes

Easy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This chicken gnocchi soup recipe is quick, easy to make in your own kitchen, and comforting. The pillowy gnocchi melt in your mouth, there's tender veggies, and the creamy broth is addictive!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 3 medium carrots sliced or chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 7 ounces cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 4 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups cooked chicken I used rotisserie
  • 1 pound potato gnocchi
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach (packed)

Instructions 

  • Add the oil and butter to a large soup pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion, celery, and carrots to the pot. Sauté for 8-10 minutes with the lid slightly ajar. Stir once or twice during this time.
  • Add the garlic and mushrooms to the pot and cook for a few minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken broth, water, Italian seasoning, chicken, and gnocchi. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil. 
  • Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes. 
  • Stir in the cream and spinach. Cook for a few more minutes until the spinach is wilted and the soup is heated through. Season with salt & pepper as needed and serve.

Notes

  • You can use milk or half-and-half instead of cream if you prefer.
  • The longer you cook/leave the soup to sit, the more it’ll thicken up because the gnocchi will release starch.

Nutrition

Calories: 412kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 941mg, Potassium: 617mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 6758IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 94mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on December 18, 2018. It’s been tweaked to be even easier, tastier, and has new photos!


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98 Comments

  1. lisa Nyuli bourbonnais says:

    5 stars
    Excellent easy dinner. Served with garlic bread and salad.

    1. Natasha says:

      Glad to hear it!! 🙂

  2. Kyle says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe. I left out the mushrooms but added roasted corn. My family loved it.

    1. Natasha says:

      Awesome!!

  3. Karlin says:

    Are you using fresh or frozen Gnocchi?

    1. Natasha says:

      The blog post explains exactly what kind of gnocchi is used. Frozen would be fine.

  4. Krystina says:

    5 stars
    This soup is so easy to make and it’s delicious!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m thrilled to hear that!!

  5. Megan says:

    5 stars
    So simple yet tastes amazing!

    1. Natasha says:

      So happy you liked it, Megan!

  6. Katie says:

    5 stars
    Chose this recipe specifically because the addition of mushrooms was a genius idea! The full recipe did not disappoint!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Katie!!

  7. MH says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! I subbed in Italian sausage crumbles because I didn’t have chicken and it was great! Looking forward to trying it with the chicken!

    1. Natasha says:

      Love the sausage idea!!! So glad you enjoyed the soup. Thanks for your review!

  8. Aly says:

    Can I use cauliflower gnocchi

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! Many readers have used cauliflower gnocchi in my various gnocchi recipes and enjoyed the swap. I am not totally sure that they release starch the same as potato gnocchi do, so there’s a chance the soup will end up a bit thinner, however.

  9. Wendy says:

    5 stars
    Made with my own chicken stock and was delish!!! Thanks so much for this one to save, quick and easy easy , everyone loved it.

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome!! So glad it was a hit, Wendy! 🙂

  10. LindaD says:

    5 stars
    Hey, thanks for this recipe! My first time using gnocchi in a dish and it was a success! The whole family loved it. I was missing garlic, mushrooms and celeri though and instead of heavy cream I used ceam of chicken. 🙂

    1. Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says:

      Awesome to hear, Linda! Glad you’re a gnocchi fan now 🙂