Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This Olive Garden Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe is can be made in 30 minutes, and the flavour is simply outstanding. With chicken, stock, vegetables and spices combined to perfection – this is one soup recipe that is a perfect restaurant copycat.

I truly love this gnocchi soup recipe, and I hope you enjoy as well!

Olive Garden Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe

Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup

When I first got my Instant Pot, the possibilities on what those first uses would be, were endless. Friends that have had this small appliance for months already, were throwing suggestions at me left, right, and centre. Instant Pot Pork Chops? Yes!

I couldn’t wait and dive into making recipes with my new pressure cooker. While there were many choices, I was craving soup a ton.

Olive Garden Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe

Right away I started making meals and sides as per their suggestions, and I think I probably used it a good dozen times in that first week alone.

Needless to say it wasn’t one of those kitchen items that seemed nice in theory, but wasn’t ever used.

All winter long I have been making homemade soups to warm the body, mind and soul on chilly days.

I was excited to take my recipes and start making them in the Instant Pot, which is what I did with creamy chicken gnocchi soup – the first soup I made in my new Instant Pot.

And let me tell you, it set the bar high my friends. Very high.

A bowl of soup, with Chicken and Gnocchi

The idea for Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup sparked from my favourite soup served at Olive Garden.

I love it when it’s possible to re-create a restaurant favourite from the comforts of home, and it tastes just as good. Maybe even better!

I really had no idea how easy it was to make this soup, which I’ve enjoyed for so long. It’s beyond delicious.

How do you make chicken gnocchi soup?

Aside from the time the Instant Pot takes to get going, the total cook time is about 10-15 minutes.

You use the pressure cooker to saute the chicken and vegetables, to bring the stock to a boil, and to cook the gnocchi to perfection.

A bowl of food on a plate, with Chicken and Soup

While I had my chicken already cooked, and this was using up the leftovers – you can use the pot to completely cook the chicken as well – you’d do that right off the bat before adding in the initial vegetables {your choice, saute or pressure whole and shred once cooked}.

I love the creamy taste, and easily thought I could devour a couple bowlfuls. Yet keep in mind that it’s hearty and filling – so this is a true meal in itself.

A bowl of soup on a table, with Chicken and Cream

The next day we re-heated this chicken gnocchi soup for lunch leftovers, and it was almost better the next day.

This Instant Pot recipe is simple recipe to make, so don’t think it’s reserved for special occasions only.

Enjoy whenever and how often the craving hits – no drive to the restaurant required. I’d have to make quite the drive, but now I can have this yummy Olive Garden Soup anytime I’d like!

For other recipes for the Instant Pot, you simply must try this Instant Pot Chicken Tortellini Alfredo! For another great recipe for a hearty soup, you won’t believe how easy this Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is to make!

A close up of a bowl of soup, with Chicken and Gnocchi soup
A bowl of soup, with Chicken and Gnocchi

Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Olive Garden Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe is can be made in 30 minutes, and the flavour is simply outstanding. With chicken, stock, vegetables and spices combined to perfection - this is one soup recipe that is a perfect restaurant copycat.


  • 2 chicken breasts, raw and diced (or cooked and shredded if it's pre-made)
  • pepper, as desired
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 3/4 cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 1/3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 pkg gnocchi
  • 1 3/4 cup spinach, chopped but not too small
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Using an Instant Pot, saute the diced chicken until cooked. 
  2. Add the pepper, thyme, butter, celery and onions. Continue to saute until the onions are translucent then add the chicken broth and shredded carrots.
  3. Using a microwave, warm up the half and half until lukewarm, and add to the Instant Pot {adding this while fridge-cold might cause it to curdle in the soup}
  4. Add the gnocchi and mix well, still on saute. Allow to boil until gnocchi is cooked. 
  5. Add the spinach and cheese, and mix until spinach starts to wilt. Turn off the Instant Pot - serve hot and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 people
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Saturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 645mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g

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  1. How about not ruining the soup. The recipe says 2 tablespoons of black pepper and I think it might need only 1 teaspoon. I am guessing they meant 2 teaspoons but even that might be too much. I love spicy things, but this soup is completely ruined because of the pepper. I did not even put in a full 2 tablespoons

  2. I only used a dash of pepper-I never like using a lot, and I thought it came out delicious!
    Will definitely use this recipe again!

  3. Wayyyyy to much pepper. I also ruined the soup only using one tablespoon. Wish I would have scrolled down to comments. Bummer. 🙁

    1. I see a few don’t like pepper as I do – I’m going to edit the recipe now to reflect. Thank you for commenting with your thoughts!!

  4. Recipe never says when to add the thyme…I added it when I realized it (when I added the half and half), but next time would add when pepper is added.
    Regardless, soup was a hit and I’ll definitely be making it again!

    1. I use it in my recipe to saute only because my chicken was already cooked. Yet if you don’t have pre-cooked chicken, the initial step is to quickly cook it using the pressure cooker. and yes, broth before the warmed cream.

  5. This was delicious!!! I love a lot of pepper as well! It was so easy to make and I’ve been eating it for every meal for the past two days. Thank you! 🙂

  6. Do I use gnocchi frozen or cook first and do you only use sauté mode ? I’m confused on cooking directions it’s my first time using istapot

  7. I can’t find the cooking instructions. Only see the ingredient list. HELP! I’m also using raw chicken.

  8. Awesome recipe, it’s a hit with my kids so I’ll be making it more often…thank you

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