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This soup is DELICIOUS! Not exactly the same as OG, but since the closest OG is 100 miles away, it's definitely an acceptable substitute! I left out the celery since my hubby hates it, and used half a package of frozen spinach instead of fresh. At first I thought it was a bit heavy on the thyme, but I let it sit for a few minutes prior to serving, and the flavors melded perfectly. We sprinkled a bit of parmesan on the top of each bowl also. Even most of the kids loved this one, and they're hard to please! Great recipe, thanks so much!

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MaryMomof6 January 27, 2010

I followed the directions exactly and the cream separated leaving me with a gritty looking soup. So disappointing! The soup still tasted good but it was not visually appealing. I will try the recipe again and try Chef #549586's suggestion wait to add the cream until after the gnocchi has cooked. I didn't think this tasted that much like OG's soup but it is still a very good recipe. I poached the chicken and diced it. I think I prefer it that way over the rotisserie chicken which I often use in soups. The poached chicken was more tender. I also used a bag of prewashed fresh spinach and used kitchen shears to cut the spinach into small pieces. You can cut it in the bag, no messy chopping board!

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Pomtini August 25, 2009

I basically made it the same way. Only I took the Chicken out after cooking it and added 1/2 the Half and Half and Chicken Stock and put that in a blender with 2 tbsp of Cornstarch and pureed it. I just went to OG and there were no diced veggies in the soup. I added this to the chicken and poured the remaining 1/2 and 1/2 and chicken stock in and then the Spinach and Gnocchi. It tastes WONDERFUL and the Kitchen smells just the same. Not a big time, Thyme person, would either omit or a few specks, not a tsp. Very good recipe and tastes very good and like OG.

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Matthew Schorfheide February 24, 2009

Followed the recipe exactly except used the suggestion of heavy cream instead of half and half - hoping I wouldn't have to mess with the starch. Still felt it needed the starch though. It came out delicious!!! I was so proud of myself. I used 3 chicken breasts but think I would cut it down to only 2 next time. Thanks for a great recipe.

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HatesTooCook February 01, 2009

Good soup! I used whole milk and frozen spinach, since that was what I had on hand. I also used an extra clove of garlic. I didn't add the corn starch. I think next time I will try it with the half and half.

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Sue M. January 09, 2015

This soup is so delicious!!!!! Was a huge hit the first time I made it and everyone says it's better than Olive Garden! It will definitely be a regular request in my family! I followed the recipe with only a few exceptions only based on what I had (like canned chicken instead of cutting up chicken). It came out perfectly without twewking anything.

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tmbecker08 December 31, 2014

very good, and exactly like the olive garden recipe! i did home made gnocchi b/c they are much softer! thank you!

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Sherilyn Hanson December 28, 2014

I followed this recipe to a T and it turned out AMAZING!!!! Everyone in my family of 6 loved it!

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Karen S. December 21, 2014

This is delicious but you definitely need to add in some dried oregano and even a little basil to make it taste more like the Olive Garden version.

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Mezzopiano December 08, 2014

Wonderful! This will definitely be added to our rotation. I made just as directed.

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Kohtzy December 08, 2014
Olive Garden Style Chicken and Gnocchi Soup