Monday, November 1, 2010

Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

I know I have said it a million times, but Brooks is not an Olive Garden fan. I think they have a few really good items on their menu. One of my favorites has to be the chicken and gnocchi soup. Though, I think each time I haven't gotten it, there are only 3 or 4 gnocchi's in it. So when you make it at home feel free to add as much as you would like! This recipe comes courtesy of They have great recipes from your favorite restaurants. 
My tips with this recipe, rottiserie chicken works great, or use canned chicken, or poach your own.
With the gnocchi, use this recipe (it makes a ton and you can freeze it for later). Or go to an italian specialty store and get the frozen gnocchi. It tastes much better then the boxed kind at the grocery store. 

Serves 8

1 cup chicken breasts, cooked and diced 
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 quart half and half
1  can chicken broth
1 cup celery, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup carrots, finely shredded
1 onion, finely diced
1 cup fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin oil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon parsley
Freshly grated parmesan cheese  (when serving)
1 pound potato

Sauté the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic in the butter and olive oil, over medium heat when the onion becomes translucent.  Add the flour to make a roux. Let the butter and flour mixture cook for a minute before adding the half and half. Then add chicken. Once the mixture becomes thick add the chicken broth. Once the mixture thickens again, add the gnocchi, spinach, and seasonings, simmer until the gnocchi is cooked (maybe five to ten minutes). Top with parm and enjoy!


Jennifurla said...

This looks so super good, I LOVE a white soup! Seems wintery to me.

Frieda said...

This is our favorite soup at Olive Garden, too! That's the beauty of making it can add as many gnocchis as you want! If want to make gnocchi, it's not that hard...I have a tutorial on my blog:

Gourmified said...

YUM! I LOVE this soup and my other fav is the Zuppa Toscana. Delish! Do you make your own gnocchi or do you buy from the freezer?

Pam said...

This sounds really good! I like Olive Garden but haven't been there in ages. Great costumes for your kids below!

Clements Family said...

We make our own gnocchi and then just freeze what we don't use! We have the recipe on our blog:)

Carrian said...

looks wonderful! We love gnocchi!

Mary said...

OH my! This sounds delicious!

Just stumbled across your blog! Happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Gourmified said...

I'm definitely going to have to look for your gnocchi recipe and try this soup out at home. YUM!!!!!