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.




Neverending Pasta

Olive Garden's Never Ending Pasta Bowl Celebrates 20th Anniversary With More Pasta Combinations

The 20th anniversary of Olive Garden's most popular promotion – Never Ending Pasta Bowl – will tempt pasta lovers with more options than ever before. Starting today, guests can create their favorite pasta combinations, choosing from more than 20 types of pasta, sauces and toppings, along with homemade soup or salad and freshly baked breadsticks, all unlimited and starting at just $9.99.

Never Ending Pasta Bowl includes options to please the entire family:

Pastas: Rigatoni, Cavatappi, Spaghetti, Whole Wheat Linguine, Gluten-Free Rotini, Tri-Colored Penne, Fettuccine, Angel Hair and Mezzaluna Ravioli.

Sauces: Five Cheese Marinara, Traditional Meat Sauce, Asiago Garlic Alfredo, Alfredo, Marinara, New Chicken Pomodoro and Pesto Alfredo.

Toppings: Meatballs, Italian Sausage, Chicken Meatballs, Crispy Chicken Fritta or Crispy Shrimp Fritta can be added to any combination starting at $2.99.

For this anniversary year, Olive Garden brought back its much anticipated Never Ending Pasta Pass and gave families a reason to celebrate with the new Family Edition of the Pasta Pass. Guests with Pasta Passes can enjoy unlimited pasta throughout the seven-week promotion at any Olive Garden across the country by simply presenting the pass. Plus, Family Edition Pasta Pass holders can treat an additional three guests of their choosing.


Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Bowl Returns For 19th Year

Olive Garden’s most popular promotion – Never Ending Pasta Bowl – is back for the 19th year, and it’s bringing more to the table than ever before. Now through Nov. 9, guests can enjoy a variety of more than 150 pasta combinations, plus homemade soup or garden fresh salad and fresh baked garlic breadsticks – all unlimited and starting at just $9.99.

Never Ending Pasta Bowl options include:

Pastas: Spaghetti, Angel Hair, Fettuccine, Penne, Cavatappi and Whole Wheat Linguine
Sauces: Alfredo, Five Cheese Marinara, Traditional Marinara and Meat Sauce.

New Spicy Three Meat and Roasted Mushroom Alfredo sauces can be added for $1.
Spicy Three Meat: A hearty combination of pan seared beef, Italian sausage and zesty salami.
Roasted Mushroom Alfredo: Fresh cream, aged parmesan and tender mushrooms make a rich and savory sauce.

Additions: Shrimp Fritta, Chicken Fritta, Italian Sausage or Meatballs can be added to any combination starting at $2.99.

I just got an e-mail from Olive Garden stating that there were only 2 more weeks left in their Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion. Time for me to get busy figuring out how to make this at home. I head on over to the Never Ending Pasta Bowl site wheret hey inform me that there are a total of 42 different combinations. The site is interactive and allows you to choose your pasta.

Pasta Choices are:

- Spaghetti
- Whole Wheat Linguine
- Linguine
- Fettuccine
- Penne
- Angel Hair
- Orecchiette

I chose Orecchiette since I have no idea what this is.

Then you highlight a sauce.

Sauce Choices are:

- New Creamy Parmesan Florentine
- New Roasted Portobello Pomodoro
- Alfredo
- Meat Sauce
- Five Cheese Marinara
- Marinara

I chose the new Creamy Parmesan Florentine.

Up pops a picture of my dish. This is fun to play with and will help you decide what you want to make at home.

Top 5 Combinations
1. Roasted Portobello Pomodoro w/ Spaghetti
2. Alfredo w/ Fettuccine
3. Creamy Parmesan Florentine w/ Whole Wheat Linguine
4. Roasted Portobello Pomodoro w/ Whole Wheat Linguine
5. Five Cheese Marinara w/ Penne

All combinations come with unlimited salad and breadsticks.

You can add Meatballs or Italian Sausage for $1.95 more.

Breaking down the sauces
Add to the Jar

Creamy Parmesan Florentine is just an alfredo sauce with spinach.
Roasted Portobello Pomodoro is just a marinara sauce with sauted mushrooms.

From the Jar

Meat Sauce
Five Cheese Marinara

If you would like to make sauces from scratch the Olive Garden website has recipes for Alfredo, Bolognese, Herb Parmesan Cream and Pesto Sauces.

What would it cost at Olive Garden?
The Meal

2 bowls of pasta with meat

11.95 per person not including drinks or tip.

Shopping List
I decide I want to make the 2 new sauces and use penne and linguine pastas.

Shopping List

1 bag of salad mix
1 can black olives
1 red onion
1 jar peppercini
1 box croutons
1 jar creamy Italian salad dressing

1 box of packaged bread sticks

2 boxes of pasta
1 jar Alfredo sauce
1 jar of Marinara sauce
fresh mushrooms
frozen spinach
Italian Sausage

Help From the Jar
I'm a big fan of the Classico and Bertolli Brands of Sauces.

The Bertolli website has all of their 14 different sauces listed. Click on your favorite type of sauce and get recipes for using that product.

Bertolli also has a new line of premium pasta sauces in microwavable pouches. You can choose from:

Champignon & Portobello
Summer Crushed Tomato & Basil
Sun Ripened Tomato & Olive
Classico also has a nice line of pasta sauces. There are 19 varieties of red sauces and 6 different flavors of white sauces. The website also lists recipes for each sauce.

Creating the Restaurant Feel
The secret to getting the real restaurant feel is offering by offering your family or guests at least 2 different pastas and 2 different sauces. That will give you 4 combinations, add some grilled chicken and or Italian sausage for quite a few more combinations. Don't forget the salad and bread sticks.

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