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Easy Air Fryer Lasagna Fritta {Olive Garden Copycat}

This is an Olive Garden copycat recipe for air fryer five-cheese lasagna fritta.

It’s fried lasagna filled with creamy ricotta cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago cheese spread in between rolled lasagna noodles that are then dipped in batter and fried golden crispy.

Air Fryer Five Cheese Lasagna Fritta

I thought it was going to be difficult to make a copycat version of Olive Garden’s lasagna frittas, but it was actually pretty simple!

Try out my Air Fryer Olive Garden Chicken Kabobs that marinates the chicken in their dressing and cooks on skewers with delicious vegetables!

What are lasagna frittas?

In case you’ve never had them, lasagna frittas are fried lasagna. They are filled with cheese, rolled up, battered, and fried until they are golden and crispy.

It’s so delicious! These are one of my favorite Olive Garden copycat recipes and it also happens to be one of my top recipes on here because they’re just that good!

This version of lasagna fritta is a tad larger than the appetizer version Olive Garden serves.

The noodles you buy from the grocery store are just a wee bit bigger, but I guess that means more lasagna fritta, right? Yum!

I decided to do this air fryer style because we don’t need to add more grease on top of a carb-loaded appetizer.

Although, frying them in oil is still super, super tasty which is why I give BOTH recipes here!

There are so many yummy Olive Garden copycat recipes out there like Zuppa Toscana, their Alfredo sauce, and their truly addicting breadsticks.

Air Fryer Five Cheese Lasagna Fritta

Ingredients for Air Fryer Five-Cheese Lasagna Fritta

  • Lasagna Noodles
  • Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Romano Cheese
  • Asiago Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Italian Seasoning
  • 4 Large Eggs (for the filling and the batter)
  • Finely Grated Parmesan
  • Italian Bread Crumbs
  • Olive Oil Spray (other oils work too) – for the air fryer cooking version
  • Canola/Vegetable Oil – for the pan-fried version

Ingredients for Alfredo Sauce

  • Butter
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Heavy Cream
  • Garlic Salt
  • Parsley, for topping

Optional – Try the Alfredo sauce with extra cheese leftover from the lasagna frittas!

  • 1/2 cup Grated Romano
  • 1/2 cup Grated Asiago
Air Fryer Five Cheese Lasagna Fritta

Is air-fried food healthy?

Air-fried food is healthier than deep-fat frying foods in oil. The food becomes saturated in oil as it cooks, whereas with an air fryer a minimal amount (typically 1-2 tablespoons) of oil is added to breadcrumbs or the food is lightly brushed with oil or butter.

How to use an air fryer:

It’s actually very simple! Once you have it assembled, there is no preheating required at all!

I always spray my basket with olive oil to avoid any sticking. Place the food on the tray, set the temperature, and time and that’s it.

The fabulous thing is that the air fryer is very versatile. You can bake a cake in it, fry fish, get french fries nice and crispy, cook bacon, the ideas are limitless!

Air Fryer Five Cheese Lasagna Fritta

Can you use Pam nonstick spray in an air fryer?

It’s best not to. It’s been found that air fryer baskets do not tolerate aerosol spray. It causes the coating to peel off the baskets.

To get around it, use a non-aerosol spray bottle of olive oil, or you can rub coconut oil directly on the basket.

What fries the bread crumbs in an air fryer?

If you leave the bread crumbs without ANY type of grease or fat it will leave them very dry.

The nice thing with an air fryer is that you can cut out the majority of the oil and fat and have a slightly healthier version of cooking than if you deep-fried the food.

Air Fryer Five Cheese Lasagna Fritta

There are two ways to air fry bread crumbs:

  • Spray the bread crumb coating that is already on your food with cooking spray or oil.
  • Heat a small amount of olive oil with the bread crumbs prior to coating your food with it. Microwave it for 30 seconds at a time until it begins to lightly brown.

How to Make Air Fryer Five-Cheese Lasagna Fritta

It all begins by boiling your noodles according to the box directions until al dente. They need to be soft to handle and roll-up.

If you are unable to find lasagna without ribbons, it’s best to cut the ribbon edges off. They do not roll well or stay together with the bumpy ribbon edge.

The cheesy mixture needs to be spread evenly on each noodle before you roll them up.

These are of course larger than Olive Garden’s lasagna frittas, but you can, of course, cut the noodle down to try to aim for their size of the appetizer.

How to Make Mini Lasagna Frittas

Mini fried lasagnas are more like the size of Olive Garden’s version.

Cut each lasagna noodle into 4 pieces as shown in the above photo.

Fill each noodle with cheesy mixture, the same as the larger version would be filled.

Minis rolled up

Resume with the remainder of the directions below – freezing, breading, and then cooking.

Air Fryer Five Cheese Lasagna Fritta

Air Fryer Method

For the air fryer cooking method, it is best to still freeze them.

They tend to be messy once you begin dipping them in egg wash and bread crumbs.

Once they are frozen (in about 1-2 hours) you can immediately start dipping them in the egg wash, and then dip in the bread crumb/Parmesan coating.

How long and what temperature do you cook lasagna frittas in the air fryer?

You still need to add some form of oil/butter to the bread crumbs, as previously mentioned.

I used the method mentioned above – microwaving olive oil with the bread crumbs.

The large, full-size lasagna frittas are cooked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for a total of about 16 minutes, flipping halfway.

Mini lasagna frittas are cooked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 4 minutes on each side, a total of 8 minutes.

To check for doneness, open the air fryer tray and peek in on them to see if they are golden brown.

Pan-Frying Method

For the pan-fried cooking method, you will also need to freeze them.

Freezing them for 1-2 hours before they are battered with bread crumbs keeps the cheesy inside the rolled lasagna noodle.

It’s also important to freeze them before pan-frying because the cheese will immediately come out in the oil as well.

Frozen noodles

After they are frozen, it is time to batter them.

First, dip them in the egg wash, and then dip in the bread crumb/Parmesan cheese coating.

Pan-Fried

For pan-frying, put enough oil in the pan to cover the tops of them like a deep-fry and heat it over medium-high heat.

Flip them halfway (2 minutes on each side) for even cooking.

It’s the same cook time for mini lasagna frittas.

Alfredo Sauce

Final Touches for Both Cooking Methods

For serving, place a layer of marinara sauce onto the plate.

Then place the lasagna frittas on top of the sauce and drizzle Alfredo sauce over top.

There was extra Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago cheese from the lasagna frittas. I put the cheese (about a cup and a half) into the Alfredo sauce.

It turned out fantastic and I might need to do that every time now!

Air Fryer Five Cheese Lasagna Fritta

Enjoy!

Air Fryer Five Cheese Lasagna Fritta

Air Fryer Five-Cheese Lasagna Fritta

Yield: Approximately 9-11 Pieces
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Freezing Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 36 minutes

Air fryer five-cheese lasagna fritta is fried lasagna with creamy ricotta cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano, and asiago cheese spread in between rolled lasagna noodles that are then dipped in batter and fried golden crispy.

Serve with marinara and/or alfredo sauce.

Ingredients

  • 10 oz Lasagna Noodles (About 10 noodles)
  • 15 oz Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Romano Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Asiago Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Large Eggs

Batter

  • 1 1/2 cups Italian Bread Crumbs or Panko
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Finely Grated Parmesan
  • 2 Large Eggs

Air Fryer Cooking Method

  • Spray the basket with olive oil or
  • Coat the basket with coconut oil

Pan-Fried Cooking Method

  • Canola Oil

Sauces

Instructions

Noodle Prep

  1. Boil lasagna noodles according to package directions until al dente. Once cooked, place in a colander and rinse with cold water for handling. If your lasagna noodles have ribbon edges, trim the ribbons off the sides.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl mix together egg, all five cheeses, and Italian seasoning.
  3. Lay lasagna noodles flat. If making minis, cut them according to the above photos. Spread cheese mixture over top of the noodles. Roll the noodles into about a 2-3" length.
  4. Place them in a container lined with parchment or wax paper to prevent sticking together and freeze for 1-2 hours.

Batter

  1. Scramble egg in a shallow dish. In a microwave-safe dish, blend 2 tablespoons olive oil and bread crumbs. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until they begin to turn golden brown. Let cool and add Parmesan cheese. One by one, dip each rolled lasagna in egg, followed by breadcrumbs. Shake off any excess between steps.

Air Fryer Cooking Method

  1. Spray the inside basket of the air fryer with oil and place lasagna frittas in the basket. Lightly spray the top of the lasagna frittas with oil as well. Set to 400 degrees.
  2. For minis, cook for 4 minutes on each side, a total of 8 minutes.
  3. For full-sized, cook for about 8 minutes, flip, and cook for another 6-8 minutes until golden brown and crispy. If they look dry as they cook, lightly spray with cooking oil. Remove from basket and serve with marinara and/or Alfredo sauce.

Pan-Fried Cooking Method

  1. Heat canola oil in a pan at a medium-high temperature. Carefully place the lasagna frittas in the pan once it is hot. Cook for about 2 minutes, flip, and fry for 2 more minutes until they are golden brown. The cooking time is the same for minis and full-sized lasagna frittas. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve with marinara and/or alfredo sauce.

Notes

There are 2 options for how to fry breadcrumbs in the air fryer:

  • Spray the breadcrumb coating that is already on your food with cooking spray or oil.
  • Heat a small amount of olive oil with the breadcrumbs prior to coating your food with it. Microwave it for 30 seconds at a time until it begins to lightly brown.
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    Nutrition Information
    Yield 10 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 414Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 124mgSodium 771mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 20g

    Nutrition is not always accurate.

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    Mary

    Sunday 4th of April 2021

    I made this dish last week, delicious! I actually went to Olive Garden and ordered this dish, and your recipe is much better! Thanks!

    Melissa

    Friday 2nd of April 2021

    Do you think it'd be possible to bread them and freeze them for baking another time? I'd love to make a batch and keep them in the freezer for snacks.

    Tiffany

    Saturday 3rd of April 2021

    Hi Melissa, Yes, they're great for freezing for later! I still recommend freezing them prior to dipping in the batter because they can fall apart and the cheese filling can come out. Then they can be placed back in the freezer after that. -Tiffany

    Camille

    Wednesday 17th of February 2021

    Do I have to freeze them??

    Tiffany

    Thursday 18th of February 2021

    I highly recommend freezing them because the times I have tried breading and frying them unfrozen they were very messy and the cheese did not stay inside them.

    Sharon

    Monday 15th of February 2021

    Very good! Hubby loved it too. Unfortunately, I forgot to spray the basket for the air fryer and it stuck a little bit but it was still good. I also added some crushed garlic to the cheese mixture. It was a fun recipe to make.

    Tiffany

    Thursday 18th of February 2021

    Hi Sharon, I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe! The crushed garlic sounds so delicious. Thank you for stopping by. -Tiffany

    Lisa Davis

    Wednesday 10th of February 2021

    Wow! Incredible taste and great instructions for the air fryer. The tip on pre-cooking bread crumbs was perfect. I am new to my air fryer, so thank you for this success!

    Tiffany

    Wednesday 10th of February 2021

    Lisa,

    I'm so glad you enjoyed the lasagna frittas and it was a success for you. Thank you for coming back to share!

    -Tiffany

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