20+ Olive Garden Copycat Recipes
Whether you're hankering for a sky-high layered lasagna or a sweet slice of tiramisu, you can bring your favourite Olive Garden recipes home with these copycat recipes that taste just like their Italian inspirations.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Fettuccine Alfredo
“This easy Alfredo sauce is creamy, comforting and coats fettuccine noodles in fine fashion. This recipe is wonderful as is, but sometimes I like to add sliced fresh mushrooms and black olives that have been sautéed in butter and garlic.” —Jo Gray, Park City, Montana
Get the recipe for Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Five Cheese Ziti al Forno
“After having the five-cheese ziti at Olive Garden, I tried to make my own version of it—and I think I got pretty close. I always double this when I’m making it and freeze the second one for another meal.” —Keri Whitney, Castro Valley, California
Get the recipe for Five-Cheese Ziti al Forno.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Cheese Ravioli
“I love to bake and cook, especially Italian dishes like this homemade ravioli recipe. In fact, my idea of a perfect day consists of cooking my family’s favourite foods then watching them dig in!” —Lori Daniels, Hartland, Michigan
Get the recipe for Homemade Ravioli.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli
“Here’s an Italian favourite made easier by using prepared spaghetti sauce and canned broth for the flavourful base.” —Cindy Garland, Limestone, Tennessee
Get the recipe for Hearty Pasta Fagioli.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Lasagna Classico
“Want to know how to make lasagna for a casual holiday meal? You can’t go wrong with this deliciously rich meat lasagna recipe. My grown sons and daughter-in-law request it for their birthdays, too.” —Pam Thompson, Girard, Illinois
Get the recipe for Best Lasagna.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Spinach-Artichoke Dip
“Whenever I go to an event, I’m always asked to bring this hot dip. Five types of cheese make it a standout and oh-so delicious. I love its party-ready convenience— I serve it straight from the slow cooker, so set-up and clean-up are a breeze!” —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Get the recipe for Five-Cheese Spinach & Artichoke Dip.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Sicilian Cheesecake with Strawberry Topping
“The creamy texture and lovely look of this strawberry cheesecake always get compliments.” —L.C. Herschap, Luling, Texas
Get the recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Chicken Parmigiana
“My husband used to order chicken parmigiana at restaurants for years. I found this cheesy chicken parmesan recipe in our local newspaper, adjusted it for two and began making this at home. After 50 years of marriage, I still enjoy making his favourite recipes.” —Lola Butler, Sun City, California
Get the recipe for Cheesy Chicken Parmigiana.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Toasted Ravioli
“While visiting a friend who had just moved to St. Louis, Missouri, I tried these toasted ravioli at almost every restaurant! When I got home, I had to try to replicate them, and this recipe comes pretty close.” —Cristina Carrera, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Get the recipe for Toasted Ravioli.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Raspberry Lemonade
Here’s a concentrate that allows you to enjoy a refreshing summer beverage any time of year. Sweet raspberries balance the tartness from lemons. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Get the recipe for Raspberry Lemonade Concentrate.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells
“More cheese, please! You’ll get your fill from saucy jumbo pasta shells loaded with four kinds—ricotta, Asiago, mozzarella and cottage cheese. Do the prep work, and then freeze according to the recipe directions to have a ready-to-bake meal.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Get the recipe for Four-Cheese Stuffed Shells.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Shrimp Alfredo
“I make this spicy shrimp pasta a lot because it’s a something my family never seems to get tired of. The sauce is so fast to make I can get it done while the fettuccine is cooking. In the past, I have added red peppers and spinach, but who’s to say you could not add mushrooms or more or less spice.” —Stephanie Beluk, Sharpsburg, Georgia
Get the recipe for Spicy Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Chicken & Gnocchi Soup
“I tasted a similar soup at Olive Garden and wanted to see if I could re-create it myself at home. Here’s the delicious result! It’s wonderful on a cool evening.” —Jaclynn Robinson, Shingletown, California
Get the recipe for Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Marinara Dipping Sauce
“My mother, who was Italian American, called marinara sauce ‘gravy.’ She made this marinara sauce recipe in big batches several times a month, so it was a staple on our dinner table. A mouthwatering aroma filled the house each time she cooked it.” —James Grimes, Frenchtown, New Jersey
Get the recipe for Marinara.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Italian Margarita
“With this amaretto margarita, add a touch of Italian flair to the classic lime drink.” —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor
Get the recipe for Amaretto Margarita.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Herb-Grilled Salmon
“My roasted salmon is so simple but elegant enough to serve to company. I make it on days when I have less than an hour to cook. The salmon seasoning is an easy way to add flavour.” —Luanne Asta, Hampton Bays, New York
Get the recipe for Herb-Roasted Salmon Fillets.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Famous House Salad
“Antipasto ingredients are sliced and diced to make this substantial chop salad. I like to buy sliced meat from the deli and chop it all up so you can get a bit of everything in each bite.” —Kim Molina, Duarte, California
Get the recipe for Super Italian Chopped Salad.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Eggplant Parmigiana
“We really like eggplant and would rather have it baked than fried. This can be served as a side dish or main dish.” —Donna Wardlow-Keating, Omaha, Nebraska
Get the recipe for Eggplant Parmesan.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Minestrone
“There’s nothing quite like the comfort of warm homemade soup, and it’s even better when your slow cooker does most of the work for you! This slow-cooker minestrone is easy to put together but has all the flavour of a high-effort dish.” —Erin Raatjes, New Lenox, Illinois
Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Minestrone.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
“My homemade spaghetti sauce got rave reviews, but it was so time-consuming to make on the stovetop. My family loves this flavourful slow-cooker version.” —Arlene Sommers, Redmond, Washington
Get the recipe for Meaty Spaghetti Sauce.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Tiramisu
“Instead of using coffee and rum, I let cinnamon shine in this tiramisu. It’s best if eaten within two days—if it even lasts that long!” —Cathy Geniti, Saratoga Springs, New York
Get the recipe for Hot Chocolate Tiramisu.
Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Grilled Chicken Margherita
“I invented this roast chicken to prove goat cheese really is delish. I served it to my skeptical family without telling them, and they gobbled it up. But any soft cheese will do.” —Gilda Lester, Millsboro, DE
Get the recipe for Stuffed Chicken with Marinated Tomatoes.
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