Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is a creamy chicken soup which contains chicken pieces, gnocchi, carrots and spinach leaves. I heard it is a popular menu item in Olive Garden but never had tried them when I visited US a couple of years ago. We dined-in one time in their Brea Branch and we really enjoyed their food but never had ordered this, having said that several years later I saw food bloggers making their own versions of this soup. After reading several of them and understanding the components that makes this dish I was convinced that I should try them as I love creamy savoury dishes as a result I made my own and here is my recipe.


So how was it? I think it was a success because I liked, for me it tasted like the Filipino sopas but a little heavier, so sopas lovers would definitely like this. One thing I am not sure though whether it tasted like the real stuff, hopefully someone out who tasted the Olive garden version tries this one and let us know how it compares.

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 500 g fresh gnocchi
  • 300 g chicken thigh cutlets, cubed
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 50-70 g baby spinach leaves
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup celery, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • olive oil
Marinade
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 small rosemary sprigs
  • juice from 1 lemon
Instructions
  1. Combine marinade ingredients and chicken together in a non-reactive mixing bowl, let it marinate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Cook gnocchi according to packet instructions.
  3. In a pot add oil then cook chicken pieces for 8-10 minutes. Remove the chicken pieces then set aside.
  4. Add the butter, onion, celery and garlic, cook until onions are soft and translucent.
  5. Add the flour and cook for a minute then add the milk, cream, chicken stock, nutmeg while continuously mixing then simmer until thickened.
  6. Add chicken and carrots then simmer in very low heat for 10 minutes.
  7. Add the cooked gnocchi, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, turn heat off then add the baby spinach. Serve immediately.

 

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7 Responses

  1. Pinned!!!! This is so hearty and comforting… and so ideal for the upcoming season: Fall!

  2. kitchenriffs says:

    I’ve heard of this soup, but never had it. Your version looks wonderful! I definitely need to try this — thanks.

  3. Warming and comforting – just what is needed for end of winter!

  4. I’ve never tried the Olive Garden either. Though it features a lot in stand up comedy. I don’t think it’s considered wonderful food, but easily accessible, affordable stuff the whole family can enjoy. I’m sure yours is much better.

  5. This looks amazingly comforting! I can’t wait to make it once the Texas heat calms down! YUM!

  6. I think Bunny is right. Another reason people go is because their food always has a lot of cheese – It’s like American comfort food with a bit of an Italian twist. They also have “endless” salad and bread sticks so people can really fill up and get a lot for their money.

    Olive Garden started out as a “cheap” alternative to Italian restaurants, but I don’t think they’re very inexpensive any more.

    I knew a person who worked there in high school and he said all the dishes come precooked frozen in plastic bags and they drop them in boiling water to heat them up, then garnish them with cheese, sauces, etc.

    I have a friend who loves Olive Garden, so I went with her and tried the soup but I found it heavy on the pancetta taste, very thick and floury – gloppy, really, and the dumplings were also very heavy. I think I’d enjoy yours much more.

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