5-Cheese Ziti Al Forno

In case you missed it, copycat recipes are kind of our speciality. And this one tastes just like Olive Garden's 5-Cheese Ziti Al Forno...maybe better! Our advice: Buy a jar of marinara but make your own alfredo! It's creamy and, yes, extra cheesy, and so easy to make. What can possibly be better?

Have you made this yet? Let us know how it went in the comments below! 

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Yields: 8 - 10 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hour 0 mins
1 lb.


4 tbsp.



cloves garlic, minced

4 tbsp.

all-purpose flour

2 c.

half and half

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 c.

freshly grated grated Parmesan, divided

3 c.


2 c.

shredded mozzarella, divided

1/2 c.

shredded fontina

1/2 c.

grated romano

1/2 c.


1/2 c.

Panko breadcrumbs

Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish 

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 9”-x-13” baking dish with cooking spray. In a large pot of salted, boiling water, cook ziti until al dente. Drain.
  2. Make alfredo: In a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk in flour and cook until the mixture is bubbling and golden, 1 minute more. Slowly pour in half-and-half, whisking constantly. Bring mixture to a simmer and stir in ½ cup Parmesan. Let simmer until sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes, then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in marinara, 1 cup mozzarella, fontina, romano, and ricotta, then add pasta and toss until everything is well coated. Transfer to prepared baking dish and top with remaining cup of mozzarella. 
  4. In a small bowl, mix together remaining ½ cup Parmesan and Panko. Sprinkle evenly over top of dish. 
  5. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
  6. Garnish with parsley to serve.

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