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    Olive Garden's Five Cheese Ziti al Forno

    --4 cups ziti sauce (recipe below)
    --ziti topping (recipe below)
    --1 pound dry ziti pasta
    --1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

    Ziti Sauce

    --4 cups tomato sauce (favorite homemade recipe or store bought)
    --2 cups Alfredo sauce (favorite homemade recipe or store bought)
    --1/2 cup ricotta cheese
    --1 teaspoon garlic pepper
    --1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    --1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    --3 tablespoons shredded fontina cheese
    Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and blend thoroughly. Cover, set aside and refridgerate until ready to use.

    Ziti Topping

    --3 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
    --3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    --3 cups shredded maozzarella cheese
    --1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
    --1 tablespoon chopped garlic
    --3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    --3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and blend thoroughly.
    Cover, set aside and refridgerate until ready to use.

    Assembling the Dish:

    In a large pot, bring 5 quarts of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to directions.
    While the pasta is boiling, spray an 8-inch by 10-inch or 9-inch by 12-inch baking dish with pan spray. Pour 1/4 cup of the prepared ziti sauce in the dish. Using the bottom of a spoon, spread the sauce evenly.
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. When pasta has finished cooking, drain the excess water and pour pasta into a large mixing bowl. Add remaining ziti sauce to the hot pasta. Mix thoroughly and pour into the baking dish.
    Evenly distribute shredded mozzarella over the mixture and then top with the prepared ziti topping.
    Place on center rack in the oven until top is lightly browned and cheese is bubbling, about 25-35 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

    Enjoy with fresh Italian bread and glass of wine!
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  • #2
    Bump cuz this recipe is awesome!!!!!!!!!
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    • #3
      bump cuz I can't find it!!
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      • #4
        Maddison, this looks like a wonderful recipe. I don't think I've had it before at the OG. Thanks for posting it.

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        • #5
          Re: Olive Garden's Five Cheese Ziti al Forno

          Bumping what looks like one awesome meatless recipe!
          Mary Ann in Wisconsin
          "A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that is unlocked and opens inwards as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.

          Ludwig Wittgenstein

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          • #6
            Re: Olive Garden's Five Cheese Ziti al Forno

            This came out so good. I had a party of twelve people and everyone had some and loved it. Many had seconds! Wouldn't change a thing. I used Delmonte Canned spagetti sauce, and2 cups of home made alfredo. I use this recipe for the alfredo:

            1 TBSP Minced Garlic
            2 Cups Heavy Whipping cream
            1/2 cup butter
            salt and pepper
            Dash Cayanne pepper
            1/2 cup grated parmasean cheese. (NOT kraft. Use a real one, and it has to be grated)

            Add 1/3rd the butter to a 3 qt sauce pan on medium high heat. Add the spices. Mix until golden brown. Add the rest of the butter. Melt. Add the heavy whipping cream. Stirr continuously until thickened. Turn down the heat, and stirr in cheese. Once you've added that, don't reheat it again unless its in the oven mixed. Otherwise it'll seperate. :-) Enjoy! ITS SO GOOD. Also good with pasta alone.

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