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Instant Pot Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

This Olive Garden favorite is made using the Instant Pot.  The familiar flavors of this favorite dish are duplicated in this Instant Pot Chicken and Gnocchi Soup.

This famous restaurant favorite is easy to make at home and makes enough for the family!

A bowl of Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup copycat on a green checkered napkin.

Olive Garden Copycat

Every time I go to Olive Garden the Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is my ultimate choice.  In fact, I could just order this soup and skip the entree because I think it’s that good!

This recipe has all of the familiar flavors of the original recipe and it makes about 6 servings!

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Instant Pot Chicken and Gnocchi Soup served in a white rimmed bowl.

Rotisserie Chicken Makes the Difference

Using juicy and flavorful rotisserie chicken really makes this soup stand out.  A helpful tip I have is to make sure to use a rotisserie chicken that is packed full of flavor and has well-balanced spices.

It really makes all the difference in how this soup comes out.

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Instant Pot Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Prepping all of these ingredients ahead of time will save time and frustration when making this recipe.  The Instant Pot heats up fast on the saute setting so it’s really ideal to have everything ready to go.

This recipe uses two settings:  Saute and Soup settings.  It really is that easy!  This recipe takes only about 30 minutes and your family will have an Olive Garden favorite made with love and served at home.

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Two wide rimmed bowls of chicken and gnocchi soup on a green checkered napkin.

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On June 15, 2021 the photos for this recipe have been updated but the recipe has not been altered.

Yield: 6 people

Instant Pot Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

A bowl of Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup copycat on a green checkered napkin.

This Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is made using the Instant Pot and is an Olive Garden favorite. This recipe makes enough to feed the family and tastes just like - if not- better than the original!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

To Saute

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz gnocchi
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped

To Cook on Soup Setting

  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, chopped into mini pieces
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Dice, chop, and julienne all ingredients ahead of time.
  2. Set Instant Pot on Saute setting and add olive oil and butter.
  3. Add in garlic, carrot, onion, and celery.
  4. Stir in 4 cups of chicken broth, stirring frequently.  
  5. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  6. Add in rotisserie chicken and thyme.
  7. Flavor mixture with salt and pepper to taste. 
  8. Set Instant Pot to soup setting and set timer for 15 minutes.
  9. Allow Instant pot to naturally release for about 5 minutes and then quick release.
  10. Return to Saute and add in gnocchi, Half & Half, spinach, and flour.
  11. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Notes

Garnish with mozzarella cheese and serve with breadsticks or garlic bread.

The rotisserie chicken that you choose will change flavors within this recipe so make sure it's good quality and flavorful rotisserie chicken that you use! 

Refer to your pressure cooker's manual for how to safely operate your pressure cooker's functions.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 434Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 1098mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 29g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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Haley

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

This was AMAZING, tastes exactly like olive garden. I added raw chicken instead of the rotisserie and it cooked perfectly. I also added an extra 3/4 cup of half and half to make it creamer.

Jenn

Sunday 26th of September 2021

I made this tonite but the flour clumped in small circles…any idea why?

Dana

Monday 27th of September 2021

To prevent the flour from clumping, it's a good idea to stir together a bit of water with the flour before adding it into the soup. Creating a slurry breaks down the flour and prevents lumps.

Stacie

Sunday 26th of September 2021

Hi I was wondering instead of flour can you substitute for corn starch and what would the measurement be? Because I know I can find gluten free gnocchi I would like to try to make this recipe gluten free? Thanks!

Dana

Sunday 26th of September 2021

You absolutely can! You would substitute the flour for 1/4 cup of cornstarch. Anytime you swap the two, use half of what the flour calls for in the recipe. It works great as I have swapped the two quite a lot when I make this soup. Enjoy! :)

Sheila

Saturday 11th of September 2021

Do you precook the gnocchi or just put them in the sauce and cook together?

Dana

Monday 13th of September 2021

Gnocchi cooks quickly so it's just added in on the saute setting at the very end with the heavy cream.

Natalie White

Sunday 11th of July 2021

Very vague in direction I didn’t know to put the lid on had to google it when said to set the instant pot to soup setting you need the lid

Dana

Sunday 11th of July 2021

Natalie, Anytime you pressure cook you need the lid on for the pot to come to pressure. Checking out the user manual is very helpful when just starting out using an Instant Pot! If you are using an Instant Pot branded pressure cooker it comes with directions for a "water test." Here I linked to it for your convenience :) https://instantpot.com/initial-test-run/

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