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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 family!

Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup Olive Garden Copycat

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

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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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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Yield: 6 people

Instant Pot Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

Instant Pot Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

This creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is made using the Instant Pot and is an Olive Garden favorite. 

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 with change flavors within this recipe so make sure it's a good-quality and flavorful rotisserie chicken that you use! 

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 497Total Fat: 18.7gSaturated Fat: 9.2gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 912mgCarbohydrates: 52.8gFiber: 1.2gSugar: 2.1gProtein: 29.2g

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Sunday 21st of February 2021

How long will this soup last in the fridge? My son wants it for his lunch for the week. Will it hold up that long??


Sunday 21st of February 2021

I'm not sure how long because it's never lasted that long here but I would say a few days. I would worry about the gnocchi breaking down.


Saturday 12th of December 2020

I did the recipe exactly, except I dumped the half cup of flour in the IP and it all clumped up! I was trying to whisk is quickly so the half and half didn't curdle bc I wasn't sure how long you can keep it on saute before the half and half curdles. Overall I do like the soup and I used a ton of salt and pepper and it still tastes like it's missing something.? Could it be more or fresh garlic? I used jar already minced. Hmm. I do give it and 8 out of 10! Good!!?

Sarkar Carmichael

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Great recipe my family didn't leave any leftovers. They raved about how it was better than olive garden!!!


Thursday 10th of December 2020

This makes me so happy to hear! I'm glad your family enjoyed it! :)

Kevin Jethva

Friday 6th of November 2020

Do I have to cook the gnocchi first! ?


Monday 9th of November 2020

Gnocchi cooks quickly. It is added at the end with the half & half, spinach, and flour. There is no need to precook the gnocchi.

Loretta Staley

Monday 20th of January 2020

I love this soup. I had it at Olive Garden. I think this one better.

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