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Lasagna Fritta {Copycat Olive Garden Recipe}

This Lasagna Fritta an Olive Garden Copycat recipe, is a breaded, deep-fried, traditional Italian dish. Layers of lasagna noodles, meat, cheese, and hearty tomato sauce come together in this comforting dinner.

lasagna fritta olive garden copycat recipe

If you love copycat recipes, Olive Garden lasagna fritta is going to be right up your alley. 

This easy lasagna fritta recipe is one of my favorites. 

What makes it especially delightful is the blend of red and white sauce, under and over the pasta, along with the texture of the fried lasagna. It is the best of flavors combined on one plate without me having to pick and choose.

Initially, I thought it was hard to get this olive garden copycat recipe perfect but it turns out it’s pretty simple!

If it’s love at first bite, you have to try my other Olive Garden knock-offs: Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup, Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Simple Weeknight Chicken Scampi.

lasagna fritta olive garden copycat recipe

What is Lasagna Fritta?

If you haven’t been to Olive Garden lately, you may be entirely in the dark as to the origins of this over-the-top, cheesy decadence.

Found on their appetizer section, it’s a rolled pasta dish filled with traditional lasagna filling and fried instead of oven baked. The pasta is then served over a bed of alfredo sauce and topped with a drizzle of classic marinara. 

It’s savory, crispy with fried pasta and filling. The flavors blend so well together and aren’t lost in the layers of melted cheese you find in traditional lasagna. Needless to say, it made an impression.

ingredients for lasagna fritta olive garden copycat recipe

What you need to make this recipe

This recipe requires a few ingredients and some prep work but is absolutely worth every ounce of delicious effort.

Gather lasagna noodles, milk, parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, pepper, butter, your favorite marinara sauce, alfredo sauce, egg, bread crumbs, and ground sausage as shown in this recipe.

How to make Lasagna Fritta

Ok, this recipe is a little tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it gets easier! Here are our step-by-step photos and handy how-to make guide for this copy-cat Olive Garden recipe.

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Start by prepping the cheese sauce, boiling the milk, and whisking in the parmesan, ricotta, white pepper, and butter. I also opted to add a heavy dose of Italian seasoning at this point.

Prep your pasta by boiling the noodles according to the package.  After the pasta reaches al dente, drain it and hang it over a sanitized wire hanger so that the noodles don’t become stuck to one another in the pot.

Next, spread the milk and cheese mixture into each noodle. If using, now is when you sprinkle the cooked sausage over the center.

Roll up each pasta in thirds, like a piece of paper going into an envelope. Make sure you give yourself time to freeze the pasta at this point. Par-freezing the pasta for 1 hour helps the pasta firm up and retain its shape when you place it in the fryer. 

It’s a vital part of making sure this recipe works. Don’t skip it.

Once the pasta has been in the freezer for 1 hour, prep your oil for frying in a deep fryer or Dutch oven with a heavy bottom and high sides. As a rule of thumb, for frying, make sure you have at least 2″ above the oil of high walls to protect from oil splashing out minimizing the thread to burns and fire.

Dip the par frozen pasta in the egg wash and bread crumbs to get a nice coating and fry until crispy.

frying lasagna fritta olive garden copycat recipe

Remove the pasta from the fryer with a long-handled wire spoon. Set on a wire rack over a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain any excess oil while you assemble the platter as fancy as you like.

The final steps are lining the bottom of a plate with marinara and stacking the lasagna fritta on top like tilting dominoes. Finally, spoon heated marinara over the top and garnish.

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For presentation, one big dish is beautiful when serving this. However, smaller serving plates for individual portions is pleasing as well.

This dish was originally discovered as an appetizer and is impressive at big parties for just that. But when it’s a regular weeknight, I serve this lasagna fritta with a salad as the main course.

lasagna fritta olive garden copycat recipe

Can I freeze my lasagna fritta?

Yes, you can freeze leftovers or uncooked, after the rolled-up stage where we initially put it in the freezer for one hour. Place the entree in an airtight container for up to 2 months. 

How do I reheat?

Thaw completely in the fridge before reheating in the oven or air fryer at 350F for about 10 to 15 minutes, until heated through. You could also microwave in 30-second bursts until heated through, but you will lose crispiness and the pasta will become gummy.

Lasagna Fritta Variations

Create a meatless version of this fried lasagna by replacing the meat with any of the available plant based substitutes available in your grocery store or nixing it all together.

Want to spice things up? Feel free to grab spicy Italian sausage for a nice kick. 

Play with your fixings, the possibilities are endless:

  • butternut squash
  • mushrooms
  • olives
  • ground beef
  • different cheese additions

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Yield: 1 fritta

Lasagna Fritta

platter of fried lasagne fritta, with alfredo on a black plate, lasagna roll ups and topped with marinara and parmesan.

Lasagna fritta is my favorite Olive Garden Copycat recipe. Meaty lasagna noodles are breaded and deep-fried, making a perfect crispy meal or appetizer!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 28 minutes

Ingredients

For the Lasagna:

  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 6 oz ricotta
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 7 lasagna noodles
  • marinara sauce
  • alfredo sauce

For the Breading:

  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups Italian Bread

Instructions

Preparation:

  1. Boil and stir together butter, white pepper, milk, parmesan, and ricotta cheese.
  2. Boil Lasagna noodles as directed.
  3. When the noodles are finished, spread a thin layer of cheese & milk mix along noodle and fold into 2 inch pieces.
  4. Let set in the freezer for 1 hour, placing something heavy on top to keep it together.
  5. When you take them out of the freezer, cut the pieces in half long-ways.
  6. Dip each piece in the milk/egg mixture, then the bread crumbs.
  7. Fry at 350° for 4 minutes
  8. Spread Alfredo on the bottom of the serving plate, placing each piece in the sauce.
  9. Drizzle marinara sauce on top.

Notes

I added a handful of Italian seasoning to the ricotta mixture when it was being boiled.

I also browned some fresh ground sausage and added it as a layer inside the roll-ups as well to my marinara sauce. Simply sprinkle the cooked ground sausage over the cheese layer before you roll the pasta up.

The original reference recipe calls for feta instead of ricotta, but I don’t really think feta would give the flavor I was going for, so I substituted the ricotta.

Adapted from Tastebook

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

7

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 554mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate from nutritionix.com. For specific health concerns, please put the recipe into your Dr recommended nutrition calculator.

Karla

Monday 7th of February 2022

You need to provide more instruction on step 1. I’m boiling away and this is FAR too thin to spread on noodles at its current consistency. Am I supposed to chill it until it thickens? Should the recipe call for less milk?

Angie Daniels

Thursday 29th of April 2021

I'm at the point where it's chillin' in the freezer. I spread the milk and cheese mixture on each noodle, folded them up and they look flat. I seem to remember the ones from Olive Garden being fuller. Did I make a mistake somewhere?

Kita

Friday 4th of June 2021

This can depend on how tightly you roll and how much filling. You can always double down and use more filling less noodle. How did they turn out? I am totally craving this recipe right now!

Leisa Plett

Friday 21st of August 2020

I made this in the middle of the night, Lasagna Fritta is my favorite item on Olive Garden’s menu. I’m always afraid they’ll take it off the menu. But now you have empowered me with a copycat recipe. I think I finished making this a little after 2 am. I cut the recipe down and made 3 noodles, I ate half of it right away and the other half the next day. My husband was a little upset I didn’t share, but I didn’t care, it was calling my name from the fridge. Great recipe!!!! I’m going to make it again this weekend, I’ll make a whole batch and share this time, maybe.

Kim

Thursday 15th of November 2018

Boil and stir together butter, white pepper, milk, parmesan, and feta cheese.

Did you mean ricotta cheese?

Maggie @ Vittles and Bits

Saturday 24th of March 2012

You never cease to amaze! Holy smokes, this looks incredible!! I can't wait to see what other things you have up your sleeve. A deep-fryer would be a very dangerous purchase for me haha!

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