Olive Garden 5 Cheese Ziti is loaded with cheese and layered with Marinara and Alfredo Sauce. This gooey cheesy copycat dish is simple to prepare but so hearty and delicious.

Olive Garden 5 Cheese ziti on a plate.

Olive Garden 5 Cheese Ziti

If you love Olive Garden Five Cheese Ziti al forno, this copycat recipe is a must try. We make it easy to enjoy your favorites at home any day of the week. Not only is this recipe amazing but it costs a fraction of the price to make it at home. If you love copycat recipes, also try Olive Garden Fried Lasagna Recipe.

There is so much cheese and it really takes this dish up a level. The various cheese blends make this so cheesy and gooey.

What is Olive Gardens 5 cheese ziti?

Each bite is a tasty blend of pasta, numerous cheeses and lots of sauce. The blend of Marinara and Alfredo give this dish a unique flavor. Everything combines for a fabulous pasta dish.

This recipe is definitely a crowd pleaser. Let’s prepare the ziti. Your friends and family will enjoy this pasta dish.

Why we love this copycat recipe:

  • Easy to make.
  • Budget friendly alternative to dining at Olive Garden.
  • It tastes delicious with so many blends of cheese combined with the pasta and sauce.
Ingredients for Olive Garden 5 Cheese ziti.

Ingredients: 

For the Pasta and Sauce: 

  • Ziti Pasta 
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • Ricotta Cheese 
  • Fontina Cheese, shredded 
  • Mozzarella Cheese, shredded 

Topping: 

  • Mozzarella Cheese, shredded 
  • Romano Cheese, grated 
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated 
  • Minced Garlic 
  • Panko Breadcrumbs 
Olive Garden 5 Cheese ziti in a casserole dish.

How to make Olive Garden 5 Cheese ziti:

  • Warm up the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 3 quart baking dish or 9X13 baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cook the pasta. Boil the ziti based on the package instructions to al dente.  Drain and set aside. 
Process photos of making Olive Garden 5 Cheese ziti and baking.
  • Combine the pasta ingredients. In a large mix bowl, stir together the remaining pasta ingredients (marinara sauce, Alfredo sauce, ricotta cheese, mozzarella fontina).  Then gently fold the cooked ziti into this sauce mixture.  Then gently pour this mixture into the prepared baking pan. 
  • Mix together the topping ingredients. In a separate bowl, stir together the topping ingredients.  Evenly sprinkle the topping mixture on top of the pasta in the pan. 
  • Place in the preheated oven. Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes until the top is golden brown, the cheeses are melted and the sauce is bubbly.  
  • Serve warm and enjoy! Olive Garden Ziti is delicious.

What to serve with 5 cheese ziti al forno:

Tips for 5 cheese ziti olive garden:

  • Cheese. If you cannot find fontina cheese in your area, you can use Monterey Jack Cheese instead.  
  • Topping. You can use a blend of Parmesan Romano if you prefer instead of the individual cheeses.
  • Pasta. Make sure that the noodles are not cooked all the way through as they will cook further in the oven.  This will ensure they do not get mushy once baked with the other ingredients.
  • Pasta Water. Salt your pasta water and it will make a huge difference in the flavor of the dish.

Make in advance:

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.

Just go ahead and assemble the dish as normal. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours.

When 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.

How to store leftovers:

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.

You can also freeze this recipe. Cover with plastic wrap and foil prior to baking.

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.

Olive Garden 5 Cheese ziti on a plate.

Variations:

  • Meat. While the traditional recipe is meat free, you can easily add your favorite protein. Try adding ground beef, ground turkey, shrimp or chicken to the dish.

    You can easily add a pound of browned ground beef when combining the pasta and sauce. You can really add any meat you prefer.
  • Pasta. Substitute penne, bow tie or anything you have in your pantry.
Olive Garden 5 Cheese ziti in a casserole dish.

Gluten free:

If you need to make a gluten free pasta dish, substitute gluten free pasta in this recipe. You will also need to use gluten free breadcrumbs as well.

You can use store bought or make your own using gluten free bread. It is pretty easy to make this gluten free.

Another suggestion is to check the ingredients in the Alfredo sauce to ensure it is suitable for a gluten free diet. I always like to check to make sure.

Olive Garden 5 Cheese ziti in a casserole dish.

This recipe is delicious.

We enjoy preparing this at home for an easy weeknight dinner. Our family gets to enjoy all the delicious flavors of Olive Garden without leaving our house.

It is one of our favorite comfort food dishes without much work at all. Not to mention we are saving money cooking this at home.

Give it a try for a crowd pleasing meal. It is so delicious that you might enjoy this copycat version better. We sure love it and keep it on the regular menu plan rotation.

Olive Garden 5 Cheese ziti in a casserole dish.

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Olive Garden 5 Cheese Ziti

5 from 7 votes
Olive Garden 5 Cheese Ziti is loaded with cheese and layered with Marinara and Alfredo Sauce. This gooey cheesy copycat dish is simple to prepare but so hearty and delicious.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 10
Cuisine Italian
Course Main Course
Calories 341
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

For the Pasta and Sauce:

  • 16 oz Ziti Pasta
  • 1 jar Marinara Sauce 24 oz jar
  • 1 jar Alfredo Sauce 15 oz jar
  • 1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Fontina Cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded

For the Topping:

  • 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

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 3 quart baking dish or 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 the remaining pasta ingredients (marinara sauce, Alfredo sauce, ricotta cheese, fontina cheese and mozzarella cheese).  Then gently fold the cooked ziti into this sauce mixture.  Then gently 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! 

Recipe Notes

For the cheese – If you cannot find fontina cheese in your area, you can use Monterey Jack Cheese instead.  
Make sure that the noodles are not cooked all the way through as they will cook further in the oven.  
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 341kcal, Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 18g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 38mg, Sodium 662mg, Potassium 352mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 611IU, Vitamin C 5mg, Calcium 286mg, Iron 2mg

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