Olive Garden Baked Ziti if loaded with 5 cheeses, marinara sauce and alfredo sauce to make the best baked Ziti. Easy and delicious copycat recipe.

Baked Ziti in a casserole dish with a serving on a wooden spoon
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This copycat baked ziti Olive Garden recipe is hearty, delicious and loaded with flavor. The ingredients are simple but include 5 cheeses, marinara and alfredo sauce. All mixed with simple seasoning and pasta to make the ultimate baked ziti recipe. This is one of our favorite Christmas pasta dish.

You might also like Olive Garden Toasted Ravioli and Olive Garden Stuffed Mushrooms.

Why We Love This Recipe

This baked ziti recipe Olive Garden copycat version makes the best weeknight meal. This simple ingredients makes this a family favorite. The creamy texture and cheesy center makes this the perfect dish to serve for any occasion.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed - ziti pasta, marinara sauce, alfredo sauce, ricotta cheese, fontina cheese, mozzarella cheese, romano cheese, parmesan cheese, breadcreadcrumbs
  • Ziti Pasta
  • Marinara Sauce 24 oz jar
  • Alfredo Sauce 15 oz jar
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Fontina Cheese shredded
  • Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • Romano Cheese grated
  • Parmesan Cheese grated
  • Minced Garlic
  • Panko Breadcrumbs

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Substitutions and Additions

  • Add Meat – This Olive Garden Five Cheese ziti is loaded with cheese. But you can add in meat. We recommend ground beef or ground turkey, but shrimp would also be a delicious alternative.
  • Pasta – You can easily change the pasta in this recipe. Rigatoni noodles or Penne Noodles are always good options.
  • Ricotta Cheese – Instead of ricotta cheese feel free to substitute with cottage cheese for delicious variation.
  • Gluten Free – If you are on a gluten free diet, you can still enjoy this recipe. Switch the pasta to a gluten free option and the bread crumbs. Be sure to check the other ingredients.
  • Cheese – Feel free to change out the cheese to what you can find. Mozzarella Fontina cheese is sometimes hard to find but you can just use more Mozzarella Cheese.
  • Sauce – We used store bought alfredo sauce and marinara sauce for this recipe. But you can easily make your own if you prefer.
  • Garlic – Minced garlic is what we use for this Olive Garden 5 Cheese Ziti. But you can use garlic powder as an easy substitute.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Heat oven and prepare baking pan – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9X13 baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Step 2 – Cook Ziti – Cooked the pasta based on the package directions to al dente.  Drain and set aside.
Combining the sauce ingredients in a bowl

Step 3 – In a large mix bowl, stir together marinara sauce, Alfredo sauce, ricotta cheese, fontina cheese and mozzarella cheese.

Combining the cooked noodles with the marinara sauce ingredients

Step 4 – Then gently fold the cooked ziti into this sauce mixture.

Baked ziti mixture in a casserole dish topped with shredded cheese

Step 5 – Then pour this mixture into the prepared baking pan. In a separate bowl, stir together the topping ingredients.  Evenly sprinkle the topping mixture on top of the pasta in the pan.

Baked Ziti in a baking dish

Step 6 – Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes until the top is golden brown and the sauce is bubbly. Serve warm and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Noodles – Make sure to cook the noodles al dente before mixing with the other ingredients. We allow the ziti to cook over medium heat until cooked in olive oil.
  • Combining the Ingredients – When mixing the ingredients together, make sure the ziti is completely covered before adding to baking dish.
  • Prepare Baking Dish – Before pour the ziti mixture in the baking dish, it is a good idea to spray with cooking spray. This makes for an easy clean up and prevents the mixture from sticking to the pan.
  • Parmesan Romano Cheese – We love to top our baked ziti with this parmesan Romano cheese blend. But you can use mozzarella if you prefer.
Baked Ziti in a casserole dish with a wooden spoon

Serving Suggestions:

  • Bread SticksWe love to make these cheese bread sticks. It pairs well with this ziti dish and allows to get the last drop of the sauce.
  • Roasted Vegetables – This bake ziti is rich and hearty, so I like to make sides that are light. Roasted broccoli or asparagus is always a good option and easy to make.
  • Garden Salad – Make a side salad loaded with vegetables for an easy side with this baked ziti.

Can Baked Ziti be Prepared Ahead of Time?

Sometimes if I have a busy week planned, I like to go ahead and make this ahead of time. Then when we are running around from numerous activities, I don’t have to worry about dinner or being tempted to get take out.

Prepare the Olive Garden Ziti as indicated in the recipe. Place in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours instead of baking it.

Then when you are ready to bake, allow to come to room temperature. Then bake as normal or until the ziti is heated through. This is extremely helpful to utilize during busy seasons.

Baked Ziti on a white plate

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store and Reheat Baked Ziti

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until heated through. You may need to add a little bit of water to prevent it from drying out.
Baked ziti is delicious leftover as the ingredients really marinate together. We think it taste even better the next day.

How to Freeze Ziti

Baked Ziti can be placed in the freezer if stored properly. Cover with plastic wrap and foil prior to baking in an air tight container. Freeze up to 3 months. Then just thaw in the fridge overnight when ready to bake.
Sometimes, we double the recipe to have one for the freezer. It is beneficial when we are tempted to get takeout.

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Olive Garden Baked Ziti Recipe

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Olive Garden Baked Ziti if loaded with 5 cheeses, marinara sauce and alfredo sauce to make the best baked Ziti. Easy and delicious copycat recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Italian
Course Main Course
Calories 704

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Ziti Pasta
  • 1 jar Marinara Sauce 24 oz jar
  • 1 jar Alfredo Sauce 24 oz jar
  • 1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Fontina Cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • 1 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup Romano Cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9X13 baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Boil the ziti based on the package instructions to al dente.  Drain and set aside.
  • In a large mix bowl, stir together marinara sauce, Alfredo sauce, ricotta cheese, fontina cheese and mozzarella cheese.  Then gently fold the cooked ziti into this sauce mixture.  Then pour this mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the topping ingredients.  Evenly sprinkle the topping mixture on top of the pasta in the pan.
  • Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes until the top is golden brown and the sauce is bubbly.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 704kcal, Carbohydrates 71g, Protein 31g, Fat 32g, Saturated Fat 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat 4g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Cholesterol 113mg, Sodium 1618mg, Potassium 591mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 8g, Vitamin A 1024IU, Vitamin C 8mg, Calcium 450mg, Iron 3mg

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