If you haven’t had Olive Garden’s Chicken and Gnocchi Soup you’re missing out!
This recipe is lightened up to make it WW friendly. Only 5 points per serving for the blue pan and purple plan, 7 points for the green plan.
Not only is this recipe delicious but it’s also easy to make.
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I made this soup in my cast iron Dutch oven. I bought it on Amazon a while back and I absolutely love it. It’s great for making soup and it’s easy to clean.
This is the one I bought:
It also comes in red and white.
If you don’t have a Dutch oven you can use a large pot to make the soup.
What kind of chicken should you use?
You need cooked chicken to make this Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi soup. It’s a perfect recipe for store bought rotisserie chicken.
Or you can use leftover chicken. I used just the chicken breasts (minus the skin).
What is gnocchi?
Gnocchi is not a type of pasta, it’s a dumpling made out of potatoes. Much like pasta it goes great with sauce or in a soup.
There’s a few things I did to lighten up this recipe. First, I limited the amount of butter/olive oil. I only used one teaspoon of each.
Instead of using heavy cream I found a way to lighten up the creamy broth. I used fat free half and half.
Half and half is a combination of milk and cream. It’s perfect for this soup because it’s richer than milk but lighter than heavy cream.
I used chicken broth for my soup but you can also use chicken stock. I prefer the taste of chicken broth.
How to make Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup:
You need 1/2 cup of onion, carrots and celery. I diced the onion and celery but kind of cheated with the carrots. I bought shredded carrots instead of having to cut them up.
I added 1 teaspoon of butter and 1 teaspoon of olive oil to my Dutch oven. Then I added the cut up veggies and let them cook for 5 minutes.
Next I added the garlic and let it cook 30 seconds. I added a tablespoon of flour and mixed it all together.
Then I slowly added in the chicken broth while stirring, followed by adding the half and half.
Bring the soup to a light boil then simmer for 5 minutes. I added in the chicken and gnocchi and let it cook 3 minutes. I based that on how long the gnocchi said it would take to cook.
The last step was adding in the fresh baby spinach. Let it cook for 2 minutes over medium heat.
After that it was time to eat it. This is going to be your new favorite soup!
Yield: 4 servings (Each serving is approximately 1 1/4 cups. 5 points per serving for blue and purple, 7 points for green.)
- 1/2 cup celery, diced
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
- 4 cups fat-free chicken broth
- 1 cup fat free half and half
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 8 oz. gnocchi
- 2 cups boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach
Heat the butter and olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot. Add the celery, onion and carrots, cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds.
Add the flour and mix together. Slowly stir in the chicken broth, then the half and half. Add in the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
Bring to a light boil then let the soup simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the chicken and gnocchi. Cook for 3 minutes or until the gnocchi is cooked through.
Stir in the spinach and cook for 2 minutes. Enjoy!
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