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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.

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Rollatini


Chicken Rollatini

Available for a limited time.

Oven-baked lasagna rolls stuffed with four Italian cheeses, topped with sautéed chicken, spinach and roma tomatoes in a fontina cheese sauce.

$ 13.50





Sausage Rollatini


Available for a limited time.

Oven-baked lasagna rolls stuffed with four Italian cheeses and spinach, topped with grilled Italian sausage and melted mozzarella cheese in a tomato alfredo sauce.

$ 9.95



I've been seeing TV commercials lately for Olive Garden's Chicken and Sausage Rollatinis. These items are only on the menu for a limited amout of time. One of my hobbies is to create my favorite restaurant foods at home. I don't have an Olive Garden anywhere near me so I decided to figure out how to make these in my kitchen. The Olive Garden website has quite a few recipes on it but I didn't see anything for their rollatinis. After some research here is a quick and easy way to enjoy rollatinis similiar to those served at Olive Garden.

Lasagna Rollatini consists of a lasagna noodle rolled into a tube and filled with spinach and cheese, covered with sauce and topped with grilled meat.


Okay, First you boil your lasagna noodles for about 6 or 7 minutes. I like to make a big batch and freeze the extra rollups for homemade TV dinners.

THE FILLING

The filling base is ricotta cheese. To that you simply add an egg to hold the ingredients together.Then have fun adding whatever you like such as grated parmesan cheese, shredded italian cheeses, fresh chopped spinach or frozen spinach that has been sqeezed dry.

THE SAUCES

Personally, I do not make my sauces from scratch. There are many great bottled sauces at your local grocery store. My favorite ones are from Classico, Barilla, and Bertolli. Spend some time seeing what is available in your area. You can always add more ingredients to doctor up a sauce from a jar to make it your own. Play around with meats, vegetables and cheeses to get a one of a kind creation.

The tomato alfredo sauce listed above can be made by simply adding some spagetti sauce into a jar of alfredo sauce.

The fontina cheese sauce can be made by simply melting grated iitalian cheese into a jar of alfredo sauce.

THE MEAT

This one is easy. Just grill chicken breast strips or italian sausages. I use my George Forman grill because it cooks quickly.


Putting it all together is a snap since everything is basically already cooked. What I do is put one or two lasagna rollups on a plate per person then offer several types of jarred sauces and sliced grilled meat. Each person can customize their rollatini to their particular taste. The plate gets popped into the microwave for 2-3 minutes to heat the sauce and melt the cheeses. Then its chow down time. Its best to let the plate rest for a few minutes so the filling will set and not run.


The videos below explain give details on how to roll your lasagna and make the sauces from scratch. Oh, you'll probably get a laugh out of them too!







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