Recreating the Indulgent Olive Garden Steak Alfredo

Indulge yourself with a creamy and tangy Gorgonzola delight! Olive Garden Steak Alfredo is a legendary dish that you can now recreate in your own kitchen. This copycat recipe brings together fettuccine, a homemade Alfredo sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh spinach, resulting in a comfort food classic like no other. Join me on this culinary journey as we reimagine this popular restaurant favorite.

If you’re a fan of easy copycat recipes, you’ll love this one. But before we dive in, let’s talk about some other amazing copycat recipes you can try. For instance, the Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Pasta and the popular Copycat Chipotle Chicken are both worth exploring. And for dessert, why not make the White Chocolate Raspberry Copycat Nothing Bundt Cake or the Chocolate Bundt Cake?

Now, let’s get back to the star of the show: Olive Garden Steak Alfredo. If you know me (and this blog!), you know how much I love putting my own spin on favorite dishes. That’s exactly what I did with this recipe after trying it at Olive Garden and becoming completely sold on its flavors.

Top Tips for an Authentic Copycat Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo

Before we start cooking, here are some essential tips to help you achieve the best results:

  • Prep all your ingredients ahead of time to ensure a smooth cooking process.
  • Keep your steaks warm by placing them in an oven-safe dish in a warm oven while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
  • If your creamy Gorgonzola sauce becomes too thick, add some pasta water. This not only thins the sauce but also helps it adhere to the pasta perfectly.
  • When serving, you have the option to present it family-style or plate individually. Either way, don’t forget to sprinkle some additional Gorgonzola, sun-dried tomatoes, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze on top.
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Simple Olive Garden Steak Marinade Ingredients

To get started, you’ll need some basic ingredients for marinating the steak:

  • Steak: You can choose from various cuts, such as rib eye, sirloin, eye of round, or steak medallions. My personal favorite is tenderloin beef medallions for their tender and melt-in-your-mouth texture.
  • Balsamic: Balsamic vinegar plays a key role in this recipe. It adds flavor to both the meat and the final glaze. If you prefer, you can make your own balsamic reduction using the instructions below.
  • Italian Dressing & Herbs: Fresh rosemary and your favorite Italian dressing round out the marinade.

Simple Ingredients

Here’s a quick rundown of the main ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Marinated Steaks: As mentioned earlier, choose a cut of beef that suits your taste buds and preferences.
  • Gorgonzola: The star of the dish! This cheese has a mild tangy flavor and creamy texture.
  • Parmesan: Opt for freshly grated Parmesan for the best taste.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: Use organic heavy cream for richness and creaminess.
  • Butter: Both regular and unsalted butter work well. Just make sure it’s the real deal, not a soft spread straight from the fridge.
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes: These add a touch of sweetness to the dish. You can use them in oil or opt for an oil-free version.
  • Spinach: Fresh baby spinach adds a tender and flavorful element to the recipe.
  • Spices and Seasonings: You’ll need fresh rosemary, salt, pepper, garlic, nutmeg, and parsley. The Italian dressing will be used to marinate the steak.

Make Your Own Balsamic Reduction – It’s Easy!

If you want to add a touch of sweetness and tanginess to your dish, you can make your own balsamic reduction. Follow these simple steps:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of balsamic vinegar with ¼ cup of optional brown sugar.
  2. Bring the mixture to a low simmer, stirring occasionally, until it is reduced by half. If you add sugar, it will take around 8 minutes. If you use balsamic vinegar alone, it will take twice as long. The reduction should coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Let it cool and serve it drizzled over this delicious recipe. Any leftovers can be stored in a jar.
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How to Make Olive Garden Steak Gorgonzola

Now that we have all our ingredients ready, it’s time to start cooking! Follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Marinate the Steaks

Begin by mixing together the Italian dressing, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary. Pat the meat dry, season it with salt and pepper, and marinate the steaks for 30 minutes at room temperature or up to 4 hours in the fridge. You can use a shallow dish or a baggie for easier clean-up.

Step 2: Boil the Pasta

While the steaks marinate, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the fettuccine pasta according to the package directions until it is al dente. Don’t forget to add salt to the water but omit any oil. Once cooked, drain the pasta and set it aside, reserving some pasta water for later use.

Step 3: Make the Gorgonzola Alfredo Sauce

In a large sauté pan or pot (a high-sided one works best), melt butter and sauté garlic for a minute. Stir in the heavy cream, reduce the heat to low, and add nutmeg and parsley. Gradually stir in the Parmesan and Gorgonzola cheeses until they melt and combine. Bring the sauce to a low simmer and then remove it from the heat.

Step 4: Cook the Steaks

Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the steaks from the marinade, allowing any excess to drip off, and cook them for 2-4 minutes per side, depending on your preferred doneness. Transfer the steaks to a warmed plate, cover them with foil, and let them rest for 5 minutes.

Step 5: Plating Steak Alfredo

Add the cooked pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach to the Gorgonzola Alfredo sauce. Gently toss until the pasta is evenly coated, the spinach has wilted, and the sun-dried tomatoes are bright red. For serving, swirl a generous amount of the sauce on a plate and place portions of steak on top. Sprinkle with additional Gorgonzola cheese, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh parsley. Finally, don’t forget to drizzle some balsamic reduction to enhance the flavors. Enjoy this exquisite creation!

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Variations

If you want to experiment with different flavors or dietary preferences, here are a few variations you can try:

  • If you can’t find Gorgonzola cheese, feel free to substitute it with any other type of blue cheese. However, Gorgonzola has a milder taste.
  • To make your Olive Garden Steak Alfredo healthier, use low-sodium Italian dressing and whole milk instead of heavy cream.
  • You can substitute Parmesan cheese with Romano or Asiago for a different twist.
  • If fettuccine isn’t available, linguine or spaghetti are great alternatives. Tagliatelle can also work wonders!
  • For a lighter version of Olive Garden Steak Alfredo, replace the pasta with spaghetti squash or zucchini zoodles. This will make it a keto or low-carb delight!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about this top-secret recipe, I’ve got you covered. Here are some common queries:

Q: Is this recipe suitable for special occasions?
A: Absolutely! It’s perfect for special occasions like Valentine’s Day or when you want to impress someone with a romantic dinner. You can never go wrong with Steak Alfredo Olive Garden style!

Now that you have everything you need to recreate this iconic dish, it’s time to get cooking. Don’t forget to share your creations on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Feel free to leave a star rating and comment below the recipe to let me know how it turned out. And remember, if you have any more questions, I’m here to help!

Happy cooking and enjoy your Olive Garden Steak Gorgonzola adventure!

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