Complete Guide To The Olive Garden Menu & Copycat Recipes

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Olive Garden is a popular Italian-American chain restaurant known for its friendly service and large menu of delicious dishes.

Whether you’re looking for a nice night out or a wide variety of options to feed the family, Olive Garden has something for everyone.

If you’re an OG fan but not in the mood to go out to eat, you can also make your favorite Olive Garden dishes at home with easy copycat recipes.

In this article, you’ll find descriptions and DIY copycat recipes for everything on the Olive Garden menu including appetizers, soups, salads, breadsticks, entrees and desserts!

So whether you’re craving Olive Garden’s Lasagna Classico or Chocolate Brownie Lasagna, our guide has got you covered.

Olive Garden Menu and Copycat Recipes

Olive Garden Appetizers

When you’re looking for a little something to tide you over before your entrée arrives, Olive Garden has plenty of delicious appetizers to choose from. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Olive Garden has an appetizer that will hit the spot.

Breadsticks & Dipping Sauces On The Olive Garden Menu

Olive Garden’s freshly-baked breadsticks are legendary. Add on a delicious dipping sauce like marinara, alfredo or five cheese marinara. And don’t forget to save room for your entree!

Olive Garden Breadstick & Dipping Sauces To Make At Home

Fried Mozzarella

Delicious mozzarella cheese is breaded and fried until it is golden brown and slightly crispy, then served with a marinara sauce for dipping.

Fried Mozzarella Recipes To Make At Home

Stuffed Ziti Fritta

Crispy fried ziti is filled with a rich blend of five kinds of cheese, then served with alfredo and marinara dipping sauces.

Stuffed Ziti Fritta Recipes To Make At Home

Calamari

Rings of tender calamari are lightly breaded and fried, then served with marinara and spicy ranch for dipping.

Fried Calamari Recipe To Make At Home

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Warm spinach, artichokes and a blend of cheeses are served with flatbread crisps for dipping.

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe To Make At Home

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Lasagna Fritta

Crispy parmesan-breaded lasagna, topped with even more parmesan cheese, delicious meat sauce made with beef and Italian sausage and creamy alfredo sauce.

Lasagna Fritta Recipes To Make At Home

Shrimp Fritto Misto

Fritto misto means “fried mix”. In this appetizer, hand-breaded shrimp, onions and bell peppers are lightly fried and served with marinara and spicy ranch.

Shrimp Fritto Recipe To Make At Home

Toasted Ravioli

Ravioli filled with seasoned beef is fried lightly and served with marinara sauce.

Toasted Ravioli Recipes To Make At Home

Olive Garden Soup

Chicken & Gnocchi

This delicious creamy soup is loaded with roasted chicken, gnocchi (traditional Italian dumplings) and spinach.

Chicken & Gnocchi Soup Recipes To Make At Home

Pasta e Fagioli

Paste e fagioli or “pasta and beans” starts with a savory broth and plenty of white and red beans, ground beef, fresh tomatoes and tubetti pasta.

Pasta e Fagioli Recipes To Make At Home

Minestrone

This vegan classic soup has a light tomato broth with fresh vegetables, beans and pasta.

Minestrone Recipes To Make At Home

Zuppa Toscana

Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana is made with gluten-free ingredients including spicy Italian sausage, kale and russet potatoes in a creamy broth.

Zuppa Toscana Recipes To Make At Home

Olive Garden Salad

If you’ve ever been to Olive Garden, you know a great way to start your meal is with a big helping of their famous house salad. It’s made with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, croutons, peppers, and olives and served with Olive Garden’s signature Italian dressing.

Olive Garden Salad And Dressing Recipes To Make At Home

Olive Garden Pasta and Entrees

Fettucine Alfredo

Olive Garden’s delicious and creamy alfredo sauce is made from scratch with ingredients including parmesan, Romano cheese, cream, garlic and butter.

You can choose from classic fettucine alfredo, chicken alfredo, shrimp alfredo, seafood alfredo (shrimp and scallops) and chicken tortelloni alfredo.

Olive Garden Alfredo Recipes To Make At Home

Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara

In this dish, sautéed chicken, shrimp and spaghetti are tossed together in a creamy sauce that is loaded with bacon and roasted red peppers.

Olive Garden Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara Recipe To Make At Home

Chicken Parmigiana and Eggplant Parmigiana

Served with a side of spaghetti, two lightly fried parmesan-breaded chicken breasts or eggplants are smothered in homemade marinara sauce and melted Italian cheese.

Olive Garden Chicken Parmigiana and Eggplant Parmigiana Recipes To Make At Home

Chicken Marsala Fettucine

In this dish, juicy chicken is sautéed with spinach and mushrooms in a creamy marsala mushroom sauce and served over fettuccine noodles.

Olive Garden Chicken Marsala Recipes To Make At Home

Lasagna Classico

Freshly made lasagna with layers of pasta, parmesan, mozzarella, pecorino romano and our homemade meat sauce made with beef and Italian sausage.

Olive Garden Lasagna Classico Recipes To Make At Home

Tour Of Italy

For times you can’t decide on one entree, try the Tour Of Italy which includes three Olive Garden classics: Chicken Parmigiana, Lasagna Classico and Fettuccine Alfredo.

Try these recipes to make your own Tour Of Italy at home!

Spaghetti With Meatballs

Classic spaghetti and meatballs with your choice of homemade marinara or meat sauce. 

Olive Garden Spaghetti And Meatballs To Make At Home

Shrimp Scampi

Sautéed shrimp in a delicious garlic sauce are tossed with asparagus, tomatoes and angel hair pasta.

Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi To Make At Home

Chicken Scampi

Seasoned chicken is sautéed with fresh bell peppers and red onions with creamy scampi sauce and served over angel hair.

Olive Garden Chicken Scampi To Make At Home

Five Cheese Ziti al Forno

Pasta with signature OG five cheese marinara sauces is smothered in a blend of Italian cheeses and baked to perfection.

Olive Garden Five Cheese Ziti al Forno To Make At Home

Cheese Ravioli

Large ravioli filled with a blend of Italian cheeses are topped with your choice of homemade marinara or meat sauce, and then warm mozzarella is melted on top.

Olive Garden Cheese Ravioli To Make At Home

Grilled Chicken Margherita

Two grilled chicken breasts are topped with mozzarella, basil pesto, lemon garlic sauce and sliced fresh tomatoes. This dish is served with a side of parmesan garlic broccoli.

Olive Garden Grilled Chicken Margherita To Make At Home

Herb-Grilled Salmon

Grilled salmon is topped with delicious garlic herb butter and served with a side of parmesan garlic broccoli.

Olive Garden Herb-Grilled Salmon To Make At Home

Sirloin

Olive Garden offers a grilled 6 oz sirloin steak that is topped with garlic herb butter and served with fettuccine alfredo.

Olive Garden Steak Recipes To Make At Home

Olive Garden Desserts

Tiramisu

Olive Garden’s dessert menu includes the classic Italian dessert, tiramisu! Espresso-soaked ladyfinger cookies are topped with creamy custard and a dusting of cocoa.

Olive Garden Tiramisu Recipes To Make At Home

Black Tie Mousse Cake

Rich layers of chocolate cake, dark chocolate cheesecake and creamy custard mousse.

Olive Garden Black Tie Mousse Cake Recipes To Make At Home

Lemon Cream Cake and the new Strawberry Cream Cake

Unfortunately, Lemon Cream Cake is no longer on the OG dessert menu. It seems to be replaced by a similar Strawberry Cream Cake.

Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake and Strawberry Cream Cake Recipes To Make At Home

Chocolate Brownie Lasagna

The decadent Chocolate Brownie Lasagna from Olive Garden has EIGHT layers of rich, fudgy brownie and sweet vanilla cream cheese frosting, topped with chocolate shavings and a chocolate drizzle.

Olive Garden Chocolate Brownie Lasagna Recipes To Make At Home

Warm Italian Doughnuts

Often called zeppoles, these fried doughnuts are tossed in powdered sugar and served with chocolate or raspberry sauce for dipping.

Olive Garden Warm Italian Doughnuts Recipe To Make At Home

Sicilian Cheesecake With Strawberry Topping

Olive Garden currently offers a rich ricotta cheesecake complete with a shortbread cookie crust and sweet strawberry sauce.

They have also offered other cheesecakes in the past, so we’ve included a variety of recipes for you to try at home.

Olive Garden Cheesecake Recipes To Make At Home

And there you have it—a complete guide to the Olive Garden menu and copycat recipes! Dining out can be a fun experience, but sometimes it’s nice to stay in and whip up something special.

Olive Garden is a great option for those looking for casual Italian fare, and with these copycat recipes in your arsenal, you can enjoy the Olive Garden experience any time you like. Thanks for reading, and buon appetito!

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