Olive Garden Lasagna Dip Recipe

Meaghan Mountford | The Decorated Cookie

Homemade Olive Garden lasagna dip is an easy, delicious appetizer with layers of marinara sauce, sausage, beef, and cheeses. Grab some crostini and dig in!

Who am I to judge the Olive Garden's decision to turn a comfort food dinner casserole into an appetizer when it's so easy to make and tastes delicious?

This copycat lasagna dip recipe layers marinara sauce with beef and sausage, ricotta, and lots of mozzarella cheese, just like the original.

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I stopped short of making "pasta chips" for dipping, as the Olive Garden version uses. Instead, I dipped the garlic-y bread sticks.

Or, try pita or bagel chips, crackers, garlic knots. Oh my, I bet these cheese bombs would be awesome with the dip. Because cheese. Or this pesto pull-apart bread.

Olive Garden Lasagna Dip Picture

Want to go one step further and make your own pasta chips??

Break dried lasagna noodles into thirds and drop into hot oil until they bubble and crisp. Add a sprinkle of salt and/or garlic powder, if you like.

Olive Garden Lasagna Dip Image

For this dip recipe, you may add fresh basil, fresh oregano, or a combination of both, depending on your preference.

If you'd like to substitute dried herbs for the fresh, the general rule is to use one-third of the amount of fresh herbs.

Olive Garden Lasagna Dip Pic

This recipe calls for 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh herbs, so you would use 1/2 a tablespoon of dried herbs (which is the equivalent of about 1 1/2 teaspoons). 

Here, I serve the lasagna dip in a pie dish. You can also use an 8-inch square baking dish. For more defined layers and a “deeper” dip (just like the inspiring casserole), use a bread dish.

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Clearly this recipe is pretty versatile. Any way you make it, this hearty dip wins.

Serve it as a party appetizer or for dinner with a side salad. You can even spoon some dip over pasta and enjoy a glass of wine.

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And the best part? You don’t have to leave home to trek to Olive Garden. 

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Olive Garden Lasagna Dip Recipe

    8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Olive Oil, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups Marinara Sauce, (24 ounce jar)
  • 1/4 pound Italian Sausage
  • 1/4 pound Ground Beef
  • 1-2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Fresh Basil, and/or Oregano, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  • Additional Basil and Oregano, for topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. 
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. Add the sausage and beef and cook, occasionally stirring and breaking up the meat into crumbles, until no longer pink, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. 
  3. In a large saucepan, heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic and heat until it becomes fragrant, but not browned, about 1 minute. Add the marinara sauce, meats, and herb(s). Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 7 to 10 minutes. 
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the ricotta and Parmesan cheese. 
  5. Pour half of the sauce mixture into a baking dish. You may use an 8 x 8-inch baking dish or a pie dish. Spread the ricotta on top of the sauce. Top with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Top with the rest of the sauce mixture and finish with the rest of the mozzarella. 
  6. Bake uncovered 12 to 15 minutes until the edges are very bubbly and the top browns. If you like, broil for the last 2 to 3 minutes to ensure the top browns. 
  7. Serve warm with bread sticks or dippers of your choice.

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Author: Meaghan Mountford
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 139
Calories 275

% Daily Value*
27%
Total Fat 17g
35%
  Saturated Fat 7g
22%
Sodium 517mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate 10g
2%
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 8g
37%
Protein 19g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Meaghan Mountford

About Meaghan

Meaghan makes lots of fun and amazing treats on The Decorated Cookie. We're especially excited, because she's making Copycat Desserts for Food Fanatic!