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Instant Pot Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

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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.



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


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


  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.


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:



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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