Stuffed Ziti Fritta (Olive Garden Copycat Recipe)

2 servings
30 min

This Olive Garden copycat recipe has Italian seasoned breaded pasta tubes, filled with cheesy deliciousness and fried until golden brown!

Cooked rigatoni pasta shells are stuffed with a delicious cheese mixture, rolled in breadcrumbs, and then fried until it is crispy and golden brown. It is rich in taste and texture.

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Olive Garden uses Ziti pasta for this recipe. But it is hard to find in grocery stores, especially if you are looking for an eggless one as I was. So I have made this copycat version using vegan rigatoni instead.

But trust me, this copycat Olive Garden stuffed ziti fritta still tastes delicious and is spot on to the ones Olive Garden serves!

These cheesy stuffed ziti fritta are perfect appetizers. Serve it on a game night with marinara, alfredo, or chipotle southwest sauce.

Stuffed Ziti Fritta (Olive Garden Copycat Recipe)
Recipe details
  • 2  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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Cheese Filling
  • 1/4 Cup Ricotta
  • 1/8 Cup Parmesan shredded
  • 1/8 Cup Romano shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Mozzarella shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Basil chopped
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Cups Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan* grated
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2.4 oz Rigatoni or Ziti Pasta (68g)
Cook the Pasta
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook till it is al dente.
Make the Cheese Mixture
Add ricotta cheese, mozzarella, cream cheese, parmesan, and romano cheese into a large bowl along with fresh chopped basil.
Fill the Pasta Tubes
Once that pasta has cooled down, squeeze the cheese mixture into the pasta tubes.
Bread the Pasta
In a bowl, combine Italian bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, and parmesan. Dip a stuffed rigatoni in buttermilk. Then thoroughly coat it with the breadcrumb mixture to coat.
Fry the Pasta
Carefully lower 5-6 pieces of breaded rigatoni into the hot oil. Fry the breaded rigatoni till they are golden brown. Make sure to flip them so all the sides of the noodle are evenly cooked. This takes a total time of about 3 minutes.
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