Olive Garden Five-Cheese Ziti Al Forno

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins

Olive Garden's Five-Cheese Ziti al Forno

Ingredients Nutrition


  2. Combining all ingredients for the Ziti Sauce in a large bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the first four ingredients for the Ziti Topping.
  5. Add the garlic, oil, and parsley and mix until thoroughly blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 13-by-9-inch baking dish or large casserole with non-stick spray.
  8. Prepare the pasta according to package directions.
  9. Pour 1/2 cup of prepared ziti sauce into the prepared dish, and spread it evenly over the bottom using a spoon.
  10. When pasta has finished cooking, drain the water and pour the hot pasta into the bowl of remaining sauce. Mix thoroughly; pour into the baking dish.
  11. Spread 1 cup of shredded mozzarella over the pasta and sauce mixture.
  12. Top the mozzarella with the prepared Ziti Topping, spreading evenly.
  13. Place pan on center oven rack and bake until top is golden brown and cheese is bubbling, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  14. Remove and serve immediately.
  15. From: Olive Garden Restaurant.
Most Helpful

I normally am not a huge fan of baked pasta dishes because they tend to be dry. My mother used to make a similar recipe, but hers included sausage and plenty of sauce. I followed this recipe as posted, other than I had 5 cups of homemade marinara to use up and included it all. I also did not add the extra cup of mozzarella before putting on the topping. This was a very saucy, wonderful dinner for a cold Ohio evening. I would definitely make this again!

Cook4_6 January 09, 2011

Superb recipe. Made it the first time when my 11 year old neice requested we go to Olive Garden for the 5 cheese baked ziti. Figured we could make something similar at home. It is a favorite among everyone now. Have added browned ground beef or hot italian sausage(browned, crunbled) to the sauce. It is always delicious. Also using Panko bread crumbs will result in an xtra crispy topping.

accel626 January 31, 2010

it's a nice recipe, but it's not the same as OG's 5 cheese ziti al forno. if anyone has a better recipe please tell us here several reviewers state the same. thanks.

ar3582 September 28, 2015