September 22, 2011

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Have you tried the Chicken and Gnocchi Soup at Olive Garden? It is one of my all-time favorites and I order the same soup over and over again whenever I visit there. It is so hearty and rich and can be considered a meal by itself but of course I don't stop with the soup ! hehe...
This soup has roasted chicken, potato gnocchi, carrots, celery, and spinach. Yummm!!
Gnocchi are Italian dumplings made out of potatoes, flour and eggs and are served as a main course in place of pasta or used in soups. Frozen, dried or fresh versions are available inmost supermarkets.
I have tried to recreate the same restaurant style soup but keeping in tune to my low-calorie objectives, I resorted to this the low-fat version instead, which is simple and easy to make at home.  Ka-chingg...looks like it turned out to be a success!

Partially adapted from here

Serves 6
1 C - Chicken breasts, cooked and diced (You can use a rotisserie chicken)
1 lb (16oz)- Potato gnocchi
1Tbsp -Butter (You can use up to 4 Tbsp for richer taste)
1 Tbsp - Olive oil
4 Tbsp - All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 C (12 oz) - Evaporated milk (2% or Fat-free)
2C (16oz) - Chicken broth
1/2 C - Celery (finely diced)
4 cloves- Garlic (minced)
1 C - Carrots (finely shredded)
1 C - Onion (finely diced)
1 C - Fresh spinach, coarsely chopped Or 1/2 C - Frozen Spinach
1/2 Tsp - Thyme
1/2 Tsp - Parsley
Freshly ground pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

  • Cook gnocchi according to package directions.
  • Heat oil and butter in a pan
  • Add onion, celery, and garlic saute over medium heat until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add the flour and make a roux. After adding the flour you should cook it well so that you don't taste raw flour in your soup.
  • Add the evaporated milk and stir to avoid lumps of flour.
  • Add in the carrots and chicken.
  • Once the mixture becomes thick, add the chicken broth. Once the mixture thickens again, add the cooked gnocchi, spinach, and seasoning;, simmer until soup is heated through.
  • Add more chicken if you like. You can use a Rotisserie Chicken.
  • You can use Collard Greens, Chard or Kale in place of Spinach.
  • You can use Beef or Vegetable broth instead of Chicken broth
  • After adding the flour you should cook it well so that you don't taste raw flour in your soup.
  • While reheating the leftovers, if you need more liquid then add milk and heat. Adjust the salt to taste.


  1. Nice recipe and seems simple too! Do you get Gnochhi in regular grocery stores?

  2. Subha, Glad that you liked it. Yes its available in almost all grocery stores. They come either as Frozen, dried or fresh.

  3. This looks yummy ! Will try it out :):)


  4. I have heard of just potato gnocchi and tried many times to make it fresh will surely try this

  5. I am trying to experiment with tested and reliable soup recipes and will give this a shot soon :) Atleast this weather is tempting us to try soup everyday.


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