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five cheese ziti recipe

Five Cheese Ziti al Forno

This has been one of my favorite dishes at Olive Garden for the longest time. I figured it was about time to try and mimic it myself. I came pretty dang close so be sure to try it out.
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


Refrigerated and Dairy

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup pecorino romano cheese, grated
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup provolone cheese, shredded

Baking, Spices & Condiments

  • 3 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 28 oz tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp red pepper, crushed
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 lb ziti
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Boil water and cook noodles to time listed on the box. Start making the sauce while the noodles are cooking.
  • Heat saucepan to low-medium heat. Add butter and garlic. Once butter is melted and garlic is browned, whisk in flour. Continually whisk until there are no clumps.
  • Whisk in heavy cream, let simmer for 3 minutes. While continually whisking, slowly add in Parmesan and Pecorino Romano cheeses making sure to smooth out any clumps. Let simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes until completed mixed. This will result in a pinkish color. Add in salt, pepper, onion powder, red pepper and paprika. Stir until fully mixed in. Taste and adjust seasoning to liking if desired. Remove from heat.
  • Place noodles in baking pan. Top with sauce covering all the noodles. Finish by topping with mozzarella, fontina and provolone cheese. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.
  • Removed from oven and serve with your favorite bread.
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