Copycat Olive Garden Penne Pasta Recipe

This classic pasta dish in meat sauce is sure to become one of your favorites. It tastes just like Olive Garden’s version without the cost or long wait.

Copycat Olive Garden Penne Pasta Recipe

How To Make Copycat Olive Garden Penne Pasta

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 30 mins


  • ½ lb penne pasta, cooked, cooled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups red onion, diced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 15 oz tomato sauce, (1½ cans)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded or powdered
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped


  1. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan.

  2. Add the onion and Italian seasoning. Saute until onions are soft, stirring frequently.

  3. Add the garlic and thyme and saute for 1 more minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

  4. In a large pan, cook the beef and break it up as it cooks. Cook until browned.

  5. Add the onion to the meat and pour in the tomato sauce and half of the parmesan. Return the pan to the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.

  6. Toss the pasta with the sauce and serve with parsley and parmesan on top. Serve!


  • Sugar: 22g
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  • Calcium: 247mg
  • Calories: 631kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Cholesterol: 92mg
  • Fat: 35g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Iron: 8mg
  • Potassium: 1870mg
  • Protein: 34g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Sodium: 2499mg
  • Vitamin A: 2028IU
  • Vitamin C: 37mg
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