Category:Olive Garden Recipes

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Olive Garden operates its own professional culinary institute in Tuscany, where executive chefs create new dishes inspired by traditional Italian cooking.[1] At the Olive Garden, guests can order signature dishes including appetizers, salads, soups, main dishes, and desserts. Amateur cooks can recreate many of these entrees at home.


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Offered by Olive Garden
Company owned by Darden Restaurants[2]
Company headquarters Orlando, Florida[3]
Types of recipes Appetizers, salads, soups, main dishes, desserts
Special diets Olive Garden offers low-calorie and vegetarian dishes in its restaurants.[4]
Author Selena Robinson

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Healthy Olive Garden Recipes

A number of Olive Garden's recipes are quite high in both calories and fat, but there are ways to make the dishes a bit healthier. As an example, a single serving of Olive Garden Chicken Marsala packs 770 calories and 37 grams of fat.[5] By decreasing the Marsala wine to 1/2 cup and adding another cup of mushrooms, though, you can make a healthier version of this dish that is still flavorful.[6]

Olive Garden's classic Fettuccine Alfredo is even higher in calories and fat, coming in at 1220 calories and 75 grams of fat per serving.[5] To make a healthier version of this dish, swap out the traditional Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce for a vegetarian sauce made with raw cauliflower, light butter, and nutritional yeast.[7]

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Adapting Olive Garden Recipes for a Large Crowd

If you'll be preparing dinner for a large group of people, you may want to try making larger versions of Olive Garden favorites. Many of the restaurant's classic recipes can be adapted for a crowd. For example, Olive Garden's Lasagna Classico can be sized up for up to 50 by increasing the ingredients to allow for six ounces of entree per person.[8] You can also simply prepare smaller sized dishes as described in the original recipe and enlist friends to help you prepare several of them at once.[9]

Olive Garden's Minestrone Soup can also be adapted for a large party. Triple the amount of the ingredients in the original recipe to make enough soup to feed 15 or more guests.[10] To make cooking and serving easier, prepare the soup in a large Dutch oven or slow cooker.[11]

Olive Garden Light Selections

The Olive Garden's healthy eating menu


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