32 Olive Garden Copycat Recipes (2024)

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32 Olive Garden Copycat Recipes (1)Rachel Seis

32 Olive Garden Copycat Recipes (2)Katie BandurskiUpdated: Sep. 11, 2023

    Whether you're hankering for keep-'em-coming breadsticks, a sky-high layered lasagna or a sweet slice of tiramisu, you can bring your favorite Olive Garden recipes home with these copycat recipes that taste just like their Italian inspirations.


    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 favorite foods then watching them dig in!—Lori Daniels, Hartland, Michigan. If you like this, learn how to make Olive Garden’s black tie mousse cake.

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    Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Breadsticks

    Fresh, buttery and oh-so delicious, these copycat Olive Garden breadsticks taste just like the real deal. Plus, they can be on the table in less than an hour! —Lauren Habermehl, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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    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

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    Inspired by: Chocolate Brownie Lasagna

    Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna is truly something else. It’s one thing to have a brownie with tangy cream cheese frosting slathered on top (orswirled in the batter). It’s a whole other ball game to multiply that four times. —Molly Allen

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    Inspired by: Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

    I let my young son pick out seed packets and he chose kale, which grew like crazy. This hearty soup helped make good use of it and rivals a restaurant version that we love.
    —Michelle Babbie, Malone, New York



    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

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    Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Chicken Marsala

    This classic recipe is a staple at Italian restaurants everywhere. Perhaps it’s the juicy, tender chicken breasts, or maybe it’s the flavorful, slightly sweet, mushroom wine sauce. Not to mention the side of creamy, dreamy fettuccine Alfredo. Whatever the reason, it’s a dish that we love to eatand love to make at home. —Lauren Habermehl, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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    Inspired by: Olive Garden's Pasta e fa*gioli

    Here’s an Italian favorite made easier by using prepared spaghetti sauce and canned broth for the flavorful base. —Cindy Garland, Limestone, Tennessee

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    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

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    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


    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

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    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 favorite recipes. -Lola Butler, Sun City, California

    Get Our 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    I tasted chicken gnocchi 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

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    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

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    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

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    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 flavor. —Luanne Asta, Hampton Bays, New York

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    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 Our 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

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    Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Minestrone Soup

    It’s hard to not go overboard when you’re at Olive Garden. From the Never Ending Pasta Bowls to the all-you-can-eat breadsticks andtiramisu for dessert, it’s pretty much a carbapalooza. Luckily, for people who want a lighter option, there’s Olive Garden minestrone soup. —Lauren Habermehl, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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    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 flavorful slow-cooker version. —Arlene Sommers, Redmond, Washington

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    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

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    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 Our Recipe for Stuffed Chicken with Marinated Tomatoes


    Inspired by: Olive Garden's Seafood Alfredo

    My guests usually can't believe I prepared this meal myself. The rich, creamy main dish features plenty of seafood flavors with a hint of garlic and lemon. Frozen peas and a jar of Alfredo sauce make it a simple supper that will be requested time and again. —Melissa Mosness, Loveland, Colorado

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    Inspired by: Olive Garden's Rotini with Meat Sauce

    My husband loves pasta; I cringe over the messy dishes. On Spaghetti Day, as he calls it, I make a one-pot saucy rotini that keeps everyone happy. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

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    Inspired by: Olive Garden's Alfredo Dipping Sauce

    When I found out I had celiac disease and couldn’t have fettuccine Alfredo, I was determined to figure out a way to re-create it. I mix this homemade alfredo sauce with gluten-free multigrain pasta, but you can use any style of pasta. —Jackie Charlesworth Stiff, Frederick, Colorado. You can use this sauce to make Asiago tortelloni alfredo with grilled chicken.

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    One evening, we had unexpected company. Since I had the ingredients on hand, I made this spaghetti and meatballs recipe. Everyone raved! This classic recipe makes a big batch and is perfect for entertaining. —Mary Lou Koskella, Prescott, Arizona

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    Inspired by: Olive Garden's Spaghetti with Traditional Marinara and Sautéed Shrimp

    Flavorful marinara sauce simmers for just a few hours. Right before mealtime, toss in the shrimp to cook quickly. Serve over hot spaghetti for a delicious weeknight dish that feels dressed up. —Sue Mackey, Jackson, Wisconsin

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    Inspired by: Olive Garden's Warm Italian Doughnuts

    Light, crispy pastry puffs, sopaipillas are a sweet way to round out a spicy meal. They make a nice winter dessert served warm and topped with honey or sugar. —Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas

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    Originally Published: November 30, 2021

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    Rachel Seis

    As deputy editor for Taste of Home magazine, Rachel has her hand in everything you see from cover to cover, from writing and editing articles to taste-testing recipes to ensuring every issue is packed with fun and fabulous content. She'll roll up her sleeves to try any new recipe in the kitchen—from spicy Thai dishes (her favorite!) to classic Southern comfort food (OK...also her favorite). When she's not busy thinking of her next meal, Rachel can be found practicing yoga, going for a run, exploring National Parks and traveling to new-to-her cities across the country.

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    Katie Bandurski

    As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments.When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.

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