By Anne G. on January 11, 2009
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"This is very close to the Olive Garden soup. There's another recipe on the web, which was the basis of this recipe, however, I have changed it to use less cream. Still tastes good! I did end up using a little cornstarch to thicken. I guess you could sub heavy cream for the half-and-half to make it a little thicker without using cornstarch. The gnocchi is usually in the spaghetti section of the grocery store."
Serving Size: 1 (205 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
"My family and friends request this all the time...they are say its just as good if not better than the OG...I do make a few changes...I use 1.5C fat free half and half and .5c cream....have tried several ratios but this seems the best to keep it low cal and true to taste...i also boil the gnocchi in the soup before I add cream and H&H ...otherwise it seperates. ..use fresh thyme instead of dried too."
"My husband and I LOVE this soup! We haven't even gone to Olive Garden since I started making it. I did make a couple of small changes to suit our preferences - but nothing major. I cook the gnocchi a little longer than indicated because my husband likes them super fluffy and cooked through. I also add the heavy cream and spinach right before I serve it. We found the cream seperates a bit if you add it when the recipe calls for it. If you use heavy cream you don't have to use the cornstarch. I serve it with french bread or garlic breadsticks. I can have this soup on the table in about 35-40 minutes - easy and quick.....can't ask for anything more!"
"I've made this recipe so many times I can't even count. I always follow the recipe to the best of my ability.. (more or less veggies/chicken here and there). it comes out a little bit different every time but is always delicious... I love it! I've noticed many of the reviews say to add less chicken to make it more like the real thing (Olive Garden), but I happen to like it with more chicken that way I can have it as a meal instead of an appetizer."
"Mrs. VodkaAndTonic needs to remember not to post when she's had a few V&Ts. The recipe does not say to 'boil' - it says to 'bring to a boil' - that means to stop before boiling begins. It isn't neccesary to boil milk/cream."
"I actually work at the Olive Garden and I don't really like this soup..it is my least favorite. However, my boyfriend absolutly LOVES it..so i found this recipe about a year ago and have made it ever since!!!! It is WAY better than Olive Garden's, and I am not the only person who has said that. I made it for my family one night and the next day we all went and ate at Olive Garden and they compared soups and said that mine was better. I make this once a week and I never get tired of it!!! Awesome recipe!"
"I have not tried this as yet but I do know the Olive Garden only uses the dark meat for this soup.
"20 something on a budget. This is a recipe i'll be keeping around. I couldn't find Gnocchi at the store i went to, so i omitted it. I also forgot to buy corn starch, and didn't take it off the heat fast enough so it curdled just a tiny bit. But it tasted heavenly! My sister took all my leftovers! and now my parents are begging me to make more.
I can't think of a better way to deal with rainy - march Seattle. Thank you."
"Great Soup! Added additional broth. Add the half and half last to keep it from separating. The "missing" ingredient identified by the reviews is SOUR CREAM. Add about 8 ounces immediately before serving!"
"This taste just like Olive Garden's soup but, BETTER!
Everyone enjoyed this at my house. I did double up on the veggies, along with my homemade gnocchi. So good on a cold day. Thanks for a great recipe!"
"I made this recipe for a covered dish dinner at my house. Normally we go to the Olive Garden, but we all have finance problems these days so we're saving money. This recipe was so close to the real thing that one of the boys thought I went and bought bowls of soup! I'll be making this again for sure :)"
"I just tried making this tonight and my family says it's a HIT! Daughter said it was exactly like the restaurant. This is a keeper! I had all of the prep done before and it was a snap to put together. Might try to figure out how to do in a crockpot someday, but still an easy recipe to pull off."
"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!"
"I made this today and it was delicious. I did follow the suggestions made by a previous reviewer. I added the gnocchi before the cream and also did 1.5c of fat free half & half and .5c of cream. It turned out sooooo wonderful. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you for the great recipe!!"
"Just made this and it was delicious! Only difference I made was used 3 cups of 1/2 and 1/2 and 3 cups of chicken stock to make it a little more creamier. Also added some fresh grated Locatelli cheese on top to add some salt to the flavor. Would definitely recommend trying. Very easy to make..."
"This turned out great!! I added a bit more veggies and used matchstick style carrots instead of shredded. Used the frozen gnocchi, which next time I will use my daughter's homemade gnocchi. Might have to double the batch!! Everyone loved it!!"
"Y-U-C-K. I followed this recipe EXACTLY and it tasted nothing like the Olive Garden's. I followed the cooking instructions exactly and made no substitutions. I didn't use corn starch because mine was already thick. There was TOO MUCH chicken! At the Olive Garden, it's a light creamy broth with soft gnocci dumplings and a few bites of chicken. This was more like chicken and dumplings consistency. When I first tasted it, I noticed that it was missing something. I added more pepper and thyme. Still missing something, I added some garlic powder (Olive Garden's has a very garlicky taste). Nothing I added helped. Neither the flavor nor texture were there. I will not make this again and I do not recommend it to anyone else.
Chicken stock $2.99
Gnocci $2.50 (on sale)
Heavy cream $3.50
Vegetables about $3
It cost me about $16 to make this and I ended up throwing it away."
"Loved this recipe!!! Followed the recipe exactly. Everyone gobbled it up and is begging for more. It's July, so I'm going to have to wait until the weather cools, but you can bet this will be our "go to" soup all autumn and winter long. Thanks for posting!!"
"I took the advice from other reviewers and used less chicken breasts. I doubled the recipe and used the 4 chicken breasts. Since I doubled the recipe I used 2 cups of heavy whipping cream and 2 cups of 1/2 & 1/2 and did'nt need to do anything to thicken it. I also used celery seed and that came out fine. My gnocchi from the store wasn't as fluffy as Olive Gardens. Anyways it tasted awesome! I was licking the bowl when I was done."
"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!"
"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."