Olive Garden Five-Cheese Ziti al Forno (Copycat Recipe)

by Alyona's Cooking
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This is probably the CLOSEST Copycat to Olive Garden’s Five Cheese Ziti al Forno! And NO canned alfredo sauce here! This is a super EASY Ziti al Forno Recipe and I’ve also included alternatives to some of the cheeses! Olive Garden’s five-cheese ziti alforno can now be replicated from home, folks! 

This recipe was born yesterday, literally… I made breadsticks along with this and do I have KEEPERS here.  I have tried replicating Olive gardens breadsticks before but they just didn’t taste like Olive Gardens. Yesterday I decided to combine a mixture of recipes (in where my Italian loaves recipe, crusty pizza dough, a recipe from a mennonite cookbook were among the mix…) After the addition of an egg and adjusting some things a breadstick recipe was born– THE BEST Breadsticks from all the ones I have ever made! They turned out chewy and just amazing! Make them with this and see for yourself!

This ziti version is really easy to make and NO Baking is required, just some broiling (which I used my little toaster oven for.) And you don’t even need to do that, just add the additional cheeses to the sauce (Olive Gardens buy one take one were microwavable and no baking was required.) Besides I think baking done noodles gives the potential to dry out the noodles so why go through the extra steps… This sauce is so good you can make it just for dipping bread in and even if you’ve never had their al forno dish, this is a great pasta dinner to add to your rotation–A MUST TRY!

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INGREDIENTS:

    • 1 lb box Ziti
    • 2 cups marinara sauce
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 2 tomatoes, diced (or 1-15oz can, drained)
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 1 cup Parmesan cheese (can use a blend of asiago and Reggiani cheeses)
    • 1/4 cup fontina cheese, shredded (white Monterey cheese will work)
    • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
    • additional 1 cup of mozzarella + 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese for topping

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook pasta according to box instructions; drain, rinse with cold water and coat with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Set aside.

2. In a medium sauce pan combine the marinara sauce, heavy cream, tomatoes and sugar. Bring to a simmer and add the cheeses. Stir until bubbly and remove from heat.

3. Place pasta onto a serving dish and ladle sauce over the top center. Sprinkle with additional shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese and broil just until cheese forms brown spotting. Garnish with addition parmesan cheese before serving.

3.54 from 13 votes

Olive Garden Five-Cheese Ziti al Forno (Copycat Recipe)

Servings: 8
Author: Alyona's Cooking
This is probably the CLOSEST Copycat to Olive Garden's Five Cheese Ziti al Forno! And NO canned alfredo sauce here! This is a super EASY Ziti al Forno Recipe and I've also included alternatives to some of the cheeses! Olive Garden's five-cheese ziti alforno can now be replicated from home, folks!
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb box Ziti
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 to matoes diced (or 1-15oz can, drained)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese can use a blend of asiago and Reggiani cheeses
  • 1/4 cup fontina cheese shredded (white Monterey cheese will work)
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • additional 1 cup of mozzarella + 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese for topping

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to box instructions; drain, rinse with cold water and coat with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Set aside.
  • In a medium sauce pan combine the marinara sauce, heavy cream, tomatoes and sugar. Bring to a simmer and add the cheeses. Stir until bubbly and remove from heat.
  • Place pasta onto a serving dish and ladle sauce over the top center. Sprinkle with additional shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese and broil just until cheese forms brown spotting. Garnish with addition parmesan cheese before serving.
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2 comments

Cynthia R Loera July 30, 2019 - 4:01 pm

5 stars
I made this Olive Garden 5 Cheese Ziti Al Forno – copycat recipe for my picky 13 year old son. It came out delicious! He said, mom, save that recipe bc it tastes just like Olive Garden’s. For him to approve it, it has to be very good. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe ??

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Alyona's Cooking July 30, 2019 - 7:15 pm

Oh nice, Cynthia! I’m so glad to hear it tastes like Olive Garden’s ziti!

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