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5 Cheese Marinara {Olive Garden Copy Cat}

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I have a new favorite pasta sauce – 5 cheese marinara sauce {Olive Garden Copy Cat}! It tastes amazing and is super simple to make. I am more than happy to just have some good old cooked pasta if it’s topped with this sauce.

This is an easy marinara sauce that incorporates 5 cheeses in the sauce. I haven’t ever had that sauce at Olive Garden, so I am not sure how it compares, but I love it either way.

5 Cheese Marinara Sauce {Olive Garden Copy Cat} | realmomkitchen.com

It does make a lot of sauce so you have plenty to enjoy. If you have a smaller family you could easily get 2 meals out of this recipe.

Technically, this 5 cheese marinara {Olive Garden Copy Cat} sauce has more than 5 cheeses in it with the way I make it. However, I’m still calling it a 5 cheese sauce. I use a bag of Italian cheese blend which has a great combination. However, you could buy 4 different cheeses and do your own Italian blend if you prefer. It’s just easier and more cost effective for me to just grab a bag of shredded Italian cheese blend to make this.

5 Cheese Marinara Sauce {Olive Garden Copy Cat} | realmomkitchen.com

5 Cheese Marinara

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  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 24 oz jars marinara sauce
  • 1 16 oz jar alfredo sauce
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • hot cooked pata


  • In a large pot, sauté onion in olive oil until tender. Add in garlic and cook just until fragrant.
  • Then mix in the marinara sauce and alfredo sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Add in the Italian cheese, ricotta and Italian seasoning. Stir to combine and simmer for 10 minutes to let the cheese melt and the flavor marry together.
  • Serve the sauce over hot cooked pasta. Serves 6-8.
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Recipe adapted from Clarks Condensed.

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