Friday, February 18, 2011

RECIPE: Braised Beef & Tortellini (Olive Garden Copy Cat)

I have had a CRAVING.
A craving for Olive Garden's "Braised Beef & Tortellini".
Photo Credit: Olive Garden

Well unfortunately, the closest Olive Garden is about 30 minutes away. Which isn't that far, but I don't want to drive all that way, besides, we are on a budget! :)

So I decided I would try and search for a recipe. I googled it and guess what I found?!?!
I found THIS recipe for a COPY CAT version of it.


3 tablespoons olive oil

1 -2 lb boneless beef short rib (or similar tough cut of beef)

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tomato, diced

6 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced

8 ounces Marsala wine

1/4 cup flour

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1 -2 lb asiago-filled tortellini, boiled

Total Time: 3 hrs

1. Heat oil on high heat in a large nonstick pan.

2. Toss short ribs in flour, add to pan, and sear on all sides.

3. Reduce heat to low and add garlic; cook and stir for about 1 min.

4. Add tomato, mushrooms, Marsala wine, and Italian seasoning one at a time, allowing about 1-2 min between each for liquid to evaporate.

5. Cover pan and braise for 3 hr or until very tender, checking and stirring every 30 min to make sure liquid has not evaporated away (add more Marsala if liquid evaporates).

6. Increase heat to medium high and heat thoroughly.

7. Serve over tortellini.

So I thought, why not, let's give it a try. It looked fairly easy.
My Family LOVED it!!!
I recommend you give it a try as well!!!
I can't wait to see what other "Copy cat" recipes I can find!! :)



  1. So the recipe worked for you? I have tried making this and it ended up in failure. idk if I used this recipe... I will try. THANKS!

    Cravings... tsk tsk. :)

    1. I tried it and it was a big failure

    2. Michelle Mackenzie and Margo...How many times are you going to post it was a big failure? It's not the recipe, it's you two. Margo why are you posting if you don't know if you even used this recipe.. Cooking is a chemical reaction...Give things time to cook. This isn't a fast recipe, you can't make it in an hour, you have to let it cook so the meat can get tender. Try again.

  2. This worked great for me, thank you so much! I ended up needing more marsala much more, but everything turned out amazing.

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  4. This did not turn out at all. Complete failure.

  5. Nice recipe and great tutorial as well. Thanks for the share. I love this recipe and enjoy with ur words!
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  7. how many does this serve? I have a large family.

  8. Do you slice the short ribs before or after braising?

  9. They told me at olive garden that they put alfredo sauce in it

  10. They do at olive garden put Alfredo in it..I used to work for them..but this recipe is good also patience and slow cooking is the key here

    1. Hey Michelle, I would like to make this for my family and since you worked at Olive Garden maybe you have the real recipe. Please share. I am all about creamy sauces so anything you can provide will be a great help. Thanks

  11. I added more Marsala Wine, can of diced tomatoes, tossed fresh cheese ravioli (or tortellini) inside the pot, and at the end, added heavy cream and Parmesan to create sauce. Came out well.


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