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!
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.
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.
Picky young eaters loved it!
Amazing. Made it and couldn't even believe it came from my own kitchen.
any recommendations of jar sauces to use ?? Not much time to prepare home made
This was great and not hard to prepare - I think the key was making Alfredo sauce from scratch and homemade tomato sauce. My family loved it- making the Alfredo sauce added another half hour to preparation but I can't imagine sauce from a jar would be good- I used tomato sauce I made a few days ago for another Italian dish..I will definitely make again, but not too often because it's full of fat and calories
This recipe is NOT like Olive Garden. There is way too much topping for one thing; I would recommend cutting that in half. There was also too much alfredo sauce. The recipe is 2:1 tomato to alfredo sauce; that's not how it tastes at Olive Garden. My husband did like it as prepared. My two sons and I didn't like it at all. I ended up throwing away half of the pan. Would not make again. If anyone has a true Olive Garden Five Cheese ziti recipe, please let me know!
Was a hit last night
I made this dish hoping it would be an exact copy of my fav dish at Olive Garden. The dish was really tasty but not an exact match. I was still on search for recipes that could be an exact match to the ones at Olive Garden. On a whim a bought a as scene on tv recipe book...I know know but the recipes are actually very close to what you would find at the actual restaurant. Here is a link to the website where I bought it if you are intersted.