By: Chazz Inniss
There was no denying Olive Garden is a sorry excuse for Italian cuisine, but now they have taken it a step further. Olive Garden has announced the launch of a new menu item, Loaded Pasta Nachos. Just in time for the Super Bowl, Olive Garden has invented another way for us to feel truly All-American.
The Loaded Pasta Nachos consist of lasagna pieces in place of nacho chips, topped with mozzarella cheese, a pasta sauce packed with chicken, meatballs and sausage, spicy peppers, and a drizzle of alfredo sauce. This monstrosity is finished with a sprinkling of Pecorino Romano, Parmesan, and fresh parsley. Based on what it consists of, it seems pretty Italian, but the overall concept couldn’t have been thought up anywhere else but America. “This is overall offensive to my culture,” Adrianna Della Valle, a sophomore at the Fashion Institute of Technology says. “They’re confused about what culture they want to be a part of. That’s not my culture!”
We can add this to a list of foods that don’t need to be mashed together but nevertheless, have been brought to life. We are looking at you, sushi donut!
In a review by FoodBeast, the nachos themselves had a crunch more like “wonton chips” and the Alfredo sauce and meat sauce “harmonized.” They recommend taking it on with your squad, but if you’re up for the challenge, tackle it all in one sitting.
If you’re looking to possibly add this to your Super Bowl menu, the nachos will be available in stores and for delivery from January 29th to April 1st. If you’re curious how to make them, Thrillist has the recipe and we condensed it below:
- Cut 5 lasagna noodles into 3 pieces per sheet
- Heat 3 Tbsps. of oil in a frying pan, gradually add chips, fry until crispy
- Transfer chips from oil to towel to remove excess oil
- Toss in garlic powder and salt to coat
- Put your favorite toppings (we recommend Parmigiano Reggiano)
- Buon Appetito!