Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup: Olive Garden Copycat!

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This easy copy cat Olive Garden Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe is great for cold days and is perfect for busy families on the go!

copycat Olive Garden slow cooker chicken gnocchi soup recipe

Are you a good speller? Did you like spelling bees in elementary school?

No? I am but I totally blew the pronunciation for this soup when I first made it.

It’s “nokey” or “nyo-key” (my phonics, not the dictionary’s.)

Since I often fix this soup when one of our family gets sick I better at least know how to pronounce it! (Spelling is optional.)

As a homeschooling family, I believe we are able to avoid some of the many bugs and germs that go floating around  the schools, especially in the winter.

But we are not immune to being taken out by a round of cough, cold or flu. When this happens I use my trusty slow cooker to whip up  this warm and delicious copycat Olive Garden Gnocchi Soup. (Who doesn’t love Olive Garden?)

There is nothing that says mama loves me more than a bowl of hot slow cooker chicken gnocchi soup made with tender loving care.

slow cooker chicken gnocchi soup copycat version from Olive Garden 

One of the biggest special “treats” for the sickie at our house is to curl up and make a bed on the couch with lots of blankets and pillows. 

We never, ever watch TV during the day unless it’s an occasional educational program. When the patient gets a free sick day and some television time curled up on the couch somehow I think it makes the day just a little bit brighter. 

A person sitting at a table with a cup of coffee, with Cooker and Soup

This is a great recipe for dumping in the slow cooker around noon so that it’s ready for dinner. When I have a sick child at home I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

A can of food, with Soup and Gnocchi

Instead, snuggle up with the sickie, a fuzzy blanket, the tv and Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup.

A bowl of food, with Soup and Gnocchi

Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This easy copy cat Olive Garden Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe is great for cold days and is perfect for busy families on the go!
Course Soup
Author Marty's Musings


  • 2 15- oz jars Alfredo sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups cooked cubed chicken
  • 2 cans chopped spinach
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 10- oz evaporated milk
  • 2 16- oz pkgs potato gnocchi


  • Add all ingredients except gnocchi to the slow cooker and combine well.
  • Cook on high for 2 hours or low 4 hours.
  • Add gnocchi to soup and combine well. Cook for 1 hour longer on low.


I made this recipe in my 6 qt. slow cooker and it was filled to capacity. This recipe would be perfect to cut in half for a 4 qt. cooker.
Slow cookers vary in length of cooking time so adjust according to your specifications.
When I warm this soup for leftovers I add a bit of milk to it because it thickens after it's done.

You can find all my slow cooker recipes here or you might enjoy one of my favorite bread recipes.

What’s your favorite way to battle a cold or flu?

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  1. Several old school Italians chewed me a new one when I pronounced gnocchi as nokey. Apparently it’s supposed to be prounced as yonkey.

  2. Do you drain the canned spinach first? I didn’t know if it would make the soup too “green” with the juice.

  3. I’m honestly surprised how much we liked this! Hubs said it reminded him of spinach artichoke dip so we ate it with tortilla chips. Thanks!

  4. What a fun soup – I have a friend who orders this everytime she goes to the olive garden! I’ll have to email it to her! Thanks for sharing on Throwback Thursday!

  5. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks and sounds so tasty. What is the serving size? Also, if I am to cut the recipe in half, do I still cook on high for 2 hours? And the gnocchi for 1 hour?

    1. Hi, Dina. The recipe makes quite a lot, probably enough for 6 people or so. If you’re using a 4 quart slow cooker and cutting it in half, cooking on high for 2 hours is probably still OK. It really just depends on your cooker. The same goes with gnocchi. You could always just test it after 30-45 minutes to see if it’s done. Sorry to be vague. It’s just that cookers can vary quite a lot. A serving size would be one bowl and I serve with bread or a sandwich. Hope that helps!

  6. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I have to take a soup to a party this weekend, and you just made my decision easy. I can’t wait to hear everyone’s reaction!
    Tanille from

  7. A happy spelling bee person you might be, but you would fail at grammar. Other than that, I am looking forward to trying this recipe. My kids love the Olive Garden version, and they order it every time we go there.

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  9. Perhaps, instead of a can of creamed corn, can of cream of celery soup would be closer to the Olive Garden version. Just a thought…

  10. Not a copycat. I can tell it would not be like Olive Garden’s, which has carrots, celery and parsley, but not corn. Yah is sounds very good, though.

    1. It is extremely close and we LOVE it. My kids say we don’t need to go to Olive Garden anymore! You’re right though, they use those additional ingredients and since the 1st time I made this recipe, I have added them. Not sure if OG uses corn but I followed the rest of the recipe to the letter and it was awesome. Just remembered, I only used one can of spinach as the time I used 2 it was too much for one of my non vegetable loving kids! One was perfect! Awesome recipe!

      1. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe, Lisa. I’m sure it’s not a perfect replica but it does take terrific, doesn’t it? I know the spinach can be a bit much for kids that don’t like it!

        1. I don’t want to sound stupid, but I do not see the recipe anywhere, only the picture of the ingredients. Can you please reply with the recipe. I really want to make this. Thx Marty.

          1. Hi, there. You’re not stupid at all! Thanks so much for contacting me. For some reason the recipe disappeared, but I’ve added it back to the page and you should find it there now. Please let me know if you have any more problems!