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Skinny Potato Gnocchi Soup with Chicken

This hearty soup, adapted from The Olive Garden’s delicious potato gnocci soup, is one your sure to love. It tastes so indulgent – but it’s not!  And, it has more chicken, veggies and gnocchi.  Each bowl has 299 calories, 5 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes


1 cup onions, chopped

1 cup carrots, chopped or sliced

1 cup celery, sliced

3 tablespoons reduced fat butter or Smart Balance Light

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced (about 3-4 cloves)

Salt and pepper, to taste

3 tablespoons flour

4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, I used Swanson’s

1 cup reduced-fat milk (2%)

2 cups cooked chicken breasts, chopped into small pieces

1 (16 oz or 17.6 oz) package potato gnocchi, see shopping tips

3 cups fresh spinach, lightly packed


1. In a microwave safe bowl or plate, add the onions, carrots and celery. Cook in microwave for about 4 minutes until soft.

2. In a large nonstick pan or pot, melt butter.  Add garlic and cooked vegetables. Season with a little salt and pepper. Mix well. Cook for 1 minute.  Stir in flour and mix well. Continue to cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Stir in chicken broth, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each. Pour in milk and stir well.  Add cooked chicken. Bring up to a simmer and continue to simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes. Stir often.

3. In the meantime, cook the potato gnocchi, separately, according to package directions.
When soup is finished, add cooked gnocchi and spinach. Simmer for about a minute until spinach is wilted.

Makes 6 servings (each serving, 1¼ cups)

Food Facts

Olive garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is a creamy soup made with roasted chicken, traditional Italian dumplings and spinach.

Potato Gnocchi are Italian potato dumplings.

Shopping Tip

You can find packages of potato gnocchi in the refrigerated, pasta section of the supermarket. Sometimes it’s in the shelf stable, dry pasta section.  I used Trader Joe’s Gnocchi Italian. There’s is a 17.6 ounce package. I based my skinny facts using theirs.

Weight Watchers 
(old points) 6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7

SKINNY FACTS: for bowl (1¼ cups)
299 calories, 5g fat, 3mg chol, 22g prot, 40g carbs, 3g fiber, 808mg sodium, 4g sugar

FAT FACTS: for 1 bowl of Olive Garden’s Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
250 calories, 8g fat. 10mg chol, 16g prot, 29g carbs, 2g fiber, 1180mg sod, 10g sugar

Find more delicious recipes on Nancy Fox’s website, Skinny Kitchen


Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Tuesday 23rd of September 2014

Thanks so much Sharon and Anne for sharing my recipe. You two are the best!

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