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.




Chicken Gnocchi Veronese

Olive Garden Recipe

Serves 4

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small Vidalia onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, julienne cut
1/2 zucchini, sliced, julienned cut
salt to taste
4 chicken breasts, sliced in 1/2 inch strips
2 small branches rosemary
1 garlic clove, minced
juice of 1/2 lemon

Veronese Sauce:
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
14 ounces heavy cream

2 quart water
6 ounces all purpose flour
2 eggs
2 pounds russet potatoes
2 teaspoons salt
1 pound gnocchi (potato dumplings), cooked according to package directions

NOTE: You may make your own gnocchi by following the steps below, or you may purchase them already made.

Gnocchi: Wash potatoes and place in water. Cook potatoes until soft (cook time will depend on size of potatoes). Remove potatoes from water and cool in refrigerator. Peel the cooled potatoes and push them through a fine grater (rice grater) until mashed; do not over mash potatoes or they will get tough. Combine the potatoes, flour and eggs in a mixing bowl. Mix well until dough does not stick to hands (add small amounts of flour at a time if needed). Divide the dough into 4 sections. Roll out each section into a long rope. Cut each rope into 1/2 inch pieces. Push fork tines on each piece for the classic gnocchi appearance. Bring water to a boil in a sauce pot. Drop in gnocchi and cook until they float.

Chicken & Sauce: Combine garlic, lemon juice, rosemary and chicken slices in a mixing bowl. Let marinate for at least 2 hours. Combine Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese and heavy cream in a mixing bowl and set aside.

Heat a saute pan on medium high. Add extra virgin olive oil, onions, bell peppers, and zucchini. Saute until onions are translucent (do not brown). Add the marinated chicken slices and cook until slices are brown on all sides and internal temperature is 165 degrees. Reduce heat and add sauce mixture. Bring to a simmer. Drain the cooked gnocchi and add to pan with chicken, vegetables and sauce. Stir to coat gnocchi with sauce. Serve gnocchi topped with extra Parmesan cheese.

No comments: