Olive Garden Lasagna Dip and Pasta Chips

 Do you want to transform everything you love about lasagna into a sharable snack? Then this Olive Garden Lasagna Dip recipe is what you need.

a pasta chip dipping into cheesy lasagna dip

Once you try this dip packed with meat, cheese, and smothered in a rich tomato sauce, you will never want to go back to run-of-the-mill salsa ever again.

Try prepping the dip and chips beforehand, and you can bring this lasagna appetizer piping hot to the table in minutes. Olive Garden Lasagna Dip makes the perfect casual family meal starter. Or you can serve it as the MVP at your next game day tailgate buffet.

homemade deep fried pasta chips


Pasta Chips

  • 16 ounces lasagna noodles
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

The Dip

  • 24 ounces Marinara sauce
  • 8 ounces ground Italian sausage
  • 4 ounces ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


Pasta Chips

  • In a large pot of salted boiling water cook the flat lasagna noodles until al dente.  Drain pasta, be careful not to tear the noodles.
  • While the noodles are cooking preheat the vegetable to around 360 degrees.
  • Gentry pat the noodles dry with a paper towel.
  • Place a few of the lasagna noodles into the hot oil cook until golden brown and crispy.  Place the noodles in a wire rack to cool. Immediately sprinkle with garlic salt. Work in small batches until all of the noodles are cooked. 

The Dip

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large saucepan cook the ground Italian sausage and the ground beef over medium heat until the meat has browned. Be sure to break up the meat into small pieces while cooking. Drain meat, and place back into the saucepan.
  • Add Marinara sauce to the meats, season with Italian seasoning.  Heat through, simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Use a 1-quart deep casserole dish or a large 12-inch iron skillet to build the dip.  Place half of the sauce in the bottom of the pan. Spread all of the ricotta cheese in the bottom in the dish.   Add half of the Mozzarella cheese on top of the ricotta. Add the remaining sauce on top of the mozzarella cheese.
  • Top with remaining cheese, and parmesan cheese.  Cook for about 25 minutes to warm the dip, and if desired set the oven to broil to brown the cheese.
  • Serve the dip with the pasta chips.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

If desired, instead of Mozzrella cheese, you can use one of the Italian cheese blends already shredded. 


Calories: 688kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1082mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 837IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 326mg | Iron: 3mg

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