Spinach and Artichoke Dip – Olive Garden Copy Cat Recipe

I warned you and it happened the evil Olive Garden across the street is almost open for business. I am not to be trusted. The idea of unlimited bread sticks bowls of hearty soup and a premixed martini certainly all sound like a good thing, but in reality we know the guilt that comes with Olive Garden is not exactly the best thing for anyone.

Pasta dishes are not hard to make at home and heavy cream is something we should never have in copious amounts, not to mention the idea of waiting 45 minutes less than 20 feet from my front door for supper seems rather ironic to me. So, in order to curb my inner fat kid’s craving for a carbohydrate feast I set out to make my own Olive Garden specialty.

This is artichoke dip would make a perfect appetizer for your holiday meal, something you could throw down right before Thanksgiving, Christmas, or as I did with it the moment I was done snapping these pictures is using it for a great topping for pizza.

So as far as the classic Italian fare Olive Garden goes, I can wait until the local excitement dies down, the line gets a little shorter, and I run out of recipes in my reader before I go over and indulged. In the meantime enjoy this dip in less time than it would take to get a table.



  1. I want this in a major way! My fave Olive Garden dishes are mushroom ravioli and their chicken alfredo pizza (weird, I know).

  2. I am SO glad that the nearest Olive Garden is about 45 minutes away. I love their salad and breadsticks, but have to admit that I gravitate toward the creamy sauces. So, it’s best I just avoid the place entirely.

    Yes, I also love this dip. Very much. You’re causing me to stumble, you know. (A lot.)

  3. This is dreamy!

  4. Yum! Very attractive plating; a great way to snack when craving some melted cheese!

  5. I accuse myself cheater, because my italian husband, hates Olive Garden, he says is not really italian, but I admit I love some dishes I don’t care if is really italian but to me are delicious, now with this recipe I can cheat him at home too. lol

  6. Would you hate me if I said I’d never been to Olive Garden? I think this would be so fun to make for a party!

  7. Kita, a fantastic looking dip here…my wife will enjoy this for sure! By chance are those Trader Joe’s whole grain tortilla chips? Regardless, the appetizer will pair perfectly with anything. Brava!

  8. This stuff is for sure worth the calories! Love it!!!

  9. I rarely go to Olive Garden and was completely unaware that they had this dip. Good thing I have your copy cat recipe now ;-)

  10. What a wonderful recipe, and photos are that much more delicious looking…Want this dip right now:))

  11. I still cannot understand Olive Garden’s cult-like following! Good for you for making this at home! :)

  12. Hubbys favorite dip – looks great!

  13. Oooh, the spinach artichoke dip is the only thing I like from OG! I neeeeeed to make this.

  14. I love Spinach Artichoke dip. Though, I haven’t tried Olive Garden version. I do like their food, but after seeing the nutrition info for a lot of their dishes, I have been avoiding it! LOL

  15. What a lovely recipe! This would be perfect for a dinner i’m hosting over the weekend!

  16. This looks delicious! I’ve been to Olive Garden a couple of times – for some reason, it’s one that I can take or leave….can we still be friends?

  17. dip makes me go weak in the knees. love thatyou made this at home. love copy cat dishes!

  18. Looks absolutely delicious :) Great idea baking it!


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