About Olive Garden
Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.6 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate over $8.5 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 200,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the fourth year in a row. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated nearly 30 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country.
Manicotti filled with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, served with sauteed chicken tossed with spinach and roasted bell peppers in a parmesan cream sauce.
Manicotti Formaggio with Shrimp
Manicotti filled with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, served with sauteed shrimp tossed with roma tomatoes and scallions in a carbonara sauce with parmesan and pancetta bacon
Marinate Your Meat
You will need 1/4 lb of chicken strips or shrimp which has been peel and devained.
Cover the meat with Italian Salad dressing and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
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Make The Manicotti
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups Ricotta Cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
12 manicotti shells, cooked and rinsed in cold water
Spoon cheese mixture into a large ziploc bag. Snip off a small bit of of one of the bottom corners of the bag.
Fill manicotti shells by squeezing the cheese mixture into both sides of each shell.
NOTE: You can always substitute frozen manicotti. Cook according to package directions and then just drop into the sauce. In a hurry, just use spaghetti or linquine
Make the Shrimp Carbonara Sauce
Carbonara is an Italian dish based on parmesan cheese, eggs and cured fatty pork. Pancetta is used but bacon can be substitued. Cream is sometimes added in some carbonara recipes.
The Olive Garden Recipe also calls for shrimp, roma tomatoes, and scallions.
1 cup of butter
1 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 cups heavy cream
4 cups milk
6 Roma tomatoes, diced
6 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
small bunch of scallions
1. Melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and bacon and shrimp. Saute for 5 minutes. Remove Shrimp.
2. Add flour, parmesan cheese heavy cream and milk. Use a wire whisk to whip all ingredients together. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer. Add manicotti to pan to heat the cheeses. Serve with shrimp and chopped scallions.
Make the Chicken and Spinach Cream Sauce
The process is the same as the above recipe. Just leave out the bacon completely and substitute spinach for the tomatoes and use roasted red peppers instead of scallions.