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.
Olive Garden Recipe
1/4 cup lean smoked bacon, cut into 1 inch strips
2 cups tomato sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 pound tripolini pasta (trenette or curly fettuccine)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons romano cheese
1/2 cup fresh basil, shredded
Heat the bacon in a large skillet over medium low heat. Cook until bacon renders its fat and begins to brown. Stir in crushed red pepper and cook 1 minute. Add tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot. Add the bacon and tomato sauce mixture and reserved pasta cooking liquid to pot. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in grated cheeses and basil. Toss to mix and serve immediately.