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Olive Garden is known for its delectable Italian menu items, including appetizers. For those who want to go beyond breadsticks, this copycat Stuffed Ziti Fritta is crispy, cheesy and packed with flavors. Cooked rigatoni pasta is stuffed with a delicious cheese mixture and then fried to golden perfection!
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Best Stuffed Ziti Fritta Recipe

Olive Garden is known for its delectable Italian menu items, including appetizers. For those who want to go beyond breadsticks, this copycat Stuffed Ziti Fritta is crispy, cheesy and packed with flavors. Cooked rigatoni pasta is stuffed with a delicious cheese mixture and then fried to golden perfection!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Stuffed Ziti Fritta
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 428kcal
Author Izzy

Ingredients

For the Pasta

  • 1/2 lb Rigatoni (or Ziti Pasta)
  • water
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil

For the Filling (5 cheeses)

  • 1/4 cup ricotta
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated, plus more for serving)
  • 1/4 cup Romano cheese shredded

For Frying

  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • oil for frying

Optional for Serving

  • Marinara Sauce
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • chopped parsley

Instructions

Cook the Pasta

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt.
  • Add pasta and cook until al dente (2 minutes less than the recommended time from the package).
  • Drain the pasta and add olive oil. Stir to coat. Set aside to cool.

Make the Filling & Stuff the Pasta

  • While your pasta is cooking, you can make the filling. In a large bowl, add ricotta cheese, mozzarella, cream cheese, parmesan, and Romano cheese. Stir until combined.
  • Spoon the cheese mixture into a zip-top bag. Seal the bag and cut the corner.
  • Pipe the cheese mixture into one side of the rigatoni. Flip and pipe the other side to fill.
  • Place the filled rigatoni pasta on a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.

Fry the Stuffed Pasta

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large pot until it reaches 350°F.
  • Place eggs, flour, and bread crumbs into 3 separate bowls.
  • Place a stuffed rigatoni into the flour to coat, then shake off excess flour. Dip it in the beaten egg with a fork. Then roll the rigatoni in bread crumbs to coat. Repeat with the rest of the rigatoni.
  • Carefully lower 5-6 pieces of breaded rigatoni into the hot oil using a slotted spoon. Cook for about 3 minutes or until the cheeses just start to ooze out.
  • Remove to a plate lined with paper towels using a slotted spoon. Repeat with the rest of the rigatoni.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan and optional chopped parsley. Serve with marinara sauce or Alfredo sauce.

Notes

  • It’s best to use Rigatoni pasta as it’s shorter and wider than ziti.
  • Make sure the cream cheese is softened before mixing.
  • Cook extra pasta in case some rip and break apart.

Nutrition

Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 369mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 344IU | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 3mg