10 Minute Pesto Chicken Gnocchi Soup is as flavorful as Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup, only there’s no heavy cream, yet it’s still rich. This soup is made with rotisserie chicken, pesto, gnocchi, fresh spinach, and chicken broth. It’s the perfect, last-minute, weeknight dinner!
Pesto Chicken Gnocchi Soup in 10 Minutes
I’m sure you’ve heard of Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup.
This is a similar concept, only without the half and half or heavy cream.
In fact, this gnocchi soup only has 5 ingredients…gnocchi, rotisserie chicken, pesto, spinach, and chicken broth.
Here at TKG HQ, we almost always have those ingredients on hand.
When it comes to packaged gnocchi, I love to keep it on hand for these last-minute meals.
I really want to check out DeLallo Whole Wheat Potato Gnocchi but for today’s recipe, I used regular potato gnocchi because it’s so widely available.
Side note, as I’m working on this post, my dude just asked me what I was working on.
When I told him, he said “oooh, yeah, that’s a good one!”
I love those words, and in that tone. He’s usually the final stamp on any post that makes it to the blog.
The neighbors really liked it too…that’s a bunch of thumbs up!
“Almost” copycat Chicken Gnocchi soup
Olive Garden’s Chicken gnocchi soup calls for half and half, or heavy cream, as the soup base.
Nothing wrong with that, but instead of using heavy cream, I make it with a chicken broth base (or vegetable broth) and add a little pesto for flavor and color.
Here’s how I get Chicken Gnocchi Soup on the table in 10 minutes:
- Add gnocchi and chicken stock to a soup pot.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add shredded chicken, pesto, and spinach.
- Cool to warm through…and serve!
How we roll with rotisserie chicken:
When we buy fresh-cooked, rotisserie chicken from the store, we don’t just bring it home and devour it in one meal.
Instead, we remove all the meat (it’s easier while it’s still warm), eat a couple bites, and turn it into meals, preferably with other healthy ingredients surrounding it.
This way, we maximize our dollars and find ourselves with a delicious protein we can spread across a few meals.
Want more recipes made with leftover rotisserie chicken?
Rotisserie Chicken Teriyaki Lettuce Cups are an easy, light way to eat chicken and quinoa.
Chicken Fajita Tex Mex Salad Bowl can be made with little planning and prep.
Chicken Teriyaki Fried Brown Rice combines rice, chicken, and store-bought Teriyaki sauce.
Ingredients you’ll need for this Chicken Gnocchi Soup:
- packaged gnocchi
- reduced sodium chicken broth
- cooked chicken breast
- pesto (packaged or homemade)
- fresh spinach (could use frozen too!)
Kitchen tools I use for Chicken Gnocchi Soup:
- 3.5 quart stainless sauce pot
- soup ladle
Want more of my crazy-fast weeknight dinners?
My In-A-Hurry Kale Chickpea Soup can be on the table in 15 minutes.
One Pot Ham and Peas Alfredo is an easy skillet meal the whole family will love!
Sauteed Sesame Kale Noodles are a quick pasta dish with an Asian twist.