Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup at Home

One of the reasons I stop at Olive Garden is for their Chicken and Gnocchi Soup.  Tender, roasted chicken is simmered with vegetables and adorned with little potato dumplings called gnocchi in Italian.  I once had a neighbor that would make these little dumplings with her family.  It would take all day, and then they would lay them out on clean sheets on the beds, because the recipe made so many.  They were delicious then, and now you can find them in the Italian section of your favorite grocery store, making Chicken and Gnocchi Soup an easy dinner to make on the fly.

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Fresh Easy Ingredients for Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

When I make my Chicken and Gnocchi Soup, I usually start out with a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.  It makes the soup so much faster to make.  You can roast a chicken or use leftovers if you have them as well.  Carrots, a bit of onion, celery, and garlic all get sautéed to make the base of the soup and give a bright, delicious flavor.  While everything I simmering in the chicken stock, some sprigs of fresh thyme are added to enhance the flavor to a rich, herbal delicacy.  A few minutes before serving, the dried gnocchi are added, and once they float, some heavy cream and chopped escarole are added to finish off the dish.

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup


  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin Julienne
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • ½ rotisserie chicken, boned and diced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 boxes chicken stock
  • 2 16 oz pkgs gnocchi
  • 2 C heavy whipping cream
  • 2 C escarole (or kale), diced


  1. Place the carrots, onion, celery, garlic, and olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed stock pot. Heat over medium high heat and sauté until the onion starts to caramelize.
  2. Add the chicken, thyme, and stock; simmer for about 30 minutes, until veggies are tender.
  3. Add the gnocchi and stir to make sure they don’t stick.
  4. When the gnocchi float, stir in the heavy cream and escarole. When heated back to a simmer, serve with crusty bread.

Making Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Ahead

If you like to make things ahead so you just have to heat and eat, Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is amazing for that!  I simmer all the veggies and chicken in the broth, then chill or even freeze the soup for later.  It’s a great way to have a quick meal ready at your fingertips, and Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is one of the best!

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