Just like all large restaurant chains, Olive Garden had there share of public criticisms, most notably the Tuscan Institute fiasco. But they do have one thing going for them. Customers like their food and they come back for more. It is no wonder that chicken and gnocchi soup is so popular in Olive Garden restaurants. They adapted traditional recipe to make it in a way that doesn’t cost much but they did not compromised the taste. After all it is modestly priced and they sell a lot of it. The sheer number of copy-cat recipes on the internet (this one included) of this dish is an indicaton of its popularity. This recipe is rather simple and easy to make but it’s crucial to have quality ingrediants. Fresh vegetables, good meat and chicken stock and most of all you need really good gnocchi. If you can’t find good quality gnocchi you should make them yourself as me. It is that important. Other than that it is quite straightforward. When they make this soup in the Olive Garden they are trying to make it in a way that most of their customers will like. You on the other hand need to satisfy only your own palate, so feel free to play around with ingredients and spices. This recipe is quite flexible. Chicken and gnocchi soup 2014-06-12 18:48:32 Serves 4 A delicious and comforting chicken gnocchi soup! Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 45 min Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 45 min Ingredients 3 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 cup celery, cubed 1 cup carrots, cubed 2 cup baby spinach, coarsely chopped 2 cups cooked chicken breast, cubed 16 oz gnocchi, homemade or store bought 2 garlic cloves, minced 4 tbsp flour 3 cups half and half 2 cups chicken soup, homemade or store bought, warmed 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes Salt, pepper to taste Instructions Heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat in a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot. Add in the celery, carrots, onions and garlic and cook for 10 minutes or until softened. Stir in the flour and continue stirring until thick pale yellow paste is formed. Add slowly the warmed soup to the pot, whisking vigorously to make sure the mixture is free of lumps. Add the half and half, chicken, thyme and parsley. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Cook the gnocchi separately for 2-3 minutes in a large saucepan of salted boiling water or until they float to the top . Drain the gnocchi and stir in the soup. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Season to taste and serve. So Good Blog http://www.sogoodblog.com/ SummaryRecipe NameChicken and Gnocchi SoupPublished On 2014-07-26Preparation Time 00:15Cook Time 00:30 Total Time 00:45Average Rating no rating Based on 0 Review(s) The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Zorica L. Nutella lover, coffee addict and a dreamer in love with photography Latest posts by Zorica L. (see all) Cereal Cookies – add some razzle dazzle to your breakfast routine - January 7, 2015 Breakfast Smoothie – the most nutritious way to begin your day - January 6, 2015 White Bean Salad – a great pantry salad - January 2, 2015 Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Current day month ye@r * Leave this field empty * Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.