Chocolate Lasagna Recipe photo by Molly Allen for Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
We love Olive Garden for the soup, salad and breadsticks, but what about dessert? Learn how to make chocolate lasagna, one of Olive Garden's signature decadent desserts.

Updated: Mar. 27, 2024

A visit to Olive Garden is always a hit. Who can get enough of their beloved Olive Garden breadsticks, the chain’s comforting chicken and gnocchi soup and, of course, that tangy house salad? The list of savory options is certainly long, but what about dessert?

Olive Garden offers a range of desserts to finish out your meal, including classics like cheesecake and tiramisu. Another fan favorite? The Olive Garden chocolate lasagna. We’re talking four layers of fudgy brownie paired with layers of vanilla cream cheese frosting. It’s stacked high, then drizzled with chocolate and topped with chocolate shavings to make it that much more decadent. Making a copycat version at home requires a bit of patience, but every bite makes the effort worth it.

Chocolate Lasagna Ingredients

Brownie box, cream and other ingredients on the marble countertop Molly Allen for Taste of Home

Brownie layers:

  • Brownie mix, plus ingredients on box
  • Eggs

Cream cheese filling:

  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Heavy cream
  • Powdered sugar

Chocolate ganache:

  • Semisweet chocolate
  • Heavy cream
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish

Directions

Step 1: Make the brownie batter

Brownie Batter For Olive Garden Chocolate LasagnaMolly Allen for Taste of Home

Prepare the brownie mixes according to the instructions on the box. Incorporate an additional egg into each batch of batter.

Test Kitchen Tip: Line the pans with foil or parchment paper before you add the batter. That way, once the brownies are baked and cooled, you can lift them right out of the pan.

Step 2: Bake the brownies

Baked Brownies For Olive Garden Chocolate LasagnaMolly Allen for Taste of Home

Bake the brownies in two 8×8-inch square pans according to the instructions on the box. Set aside to cool completely.

Step 3: Make the cream cheese filling

Cream Cheese Filling For Olive Garden Chocolate LasagnaMolly Allen for Taste of Home

In a mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese and softened butter. Mix with a hand mixer until fluffy, and then add two cups of powdered sugar. Mix in the powdered sugar, and then mix in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Gradually mix in the remaining powdered sugar until the frosting comes together.

Step 4: Layer the brownies and filling

Layering the brownies and cream cheese filling for Olive Garden Chocolate LasagnaMolly Allen for Taste of Home

Once the brownie “cakes” are fully cooled, remove them from the pans. Use a large knife to cut each in half horizontally. This will create your four layers. Place the first layer on the serving platter and frost with the cream cheese filling. Top with another brownie layer and frost, then repeat with each layer. Once you’ve frosted the top layer, place the dessert in the fridge.

Step 5: Make the chocolate ganache

Chopped Chocolate For Olive Garden Chocolate LasagnaMolly Allen for Taste of Home

Chop the chocolate and put it in a heat-safe bowl. Set it aside.

Pour the heavy cream into a saucepan and heat on medium. Allow the cream to heat just until simmering (boiling will scorch it, so watch carefully). Once heated, pour the cream over the chocolate and whisk until smooth.

Step 6: Garnish 

Drizzle the ganache over the chocolate lasagna and garnish with chocolate shavings.

Olive Garden Chocolate Brownie Lasagna FinishedMolly Allen for Taste of Home

Chocolate Lasagna Tips

Chocolate Lasagna served in a plateMolly Allen for Taste of Home

Is this Olive Garden’s official chocolate lasagna recipe?

No, this is a copycat recipe. While Olive Garden has never shared its official chocolate lasagna recipe, it’s a simple enough combination of flavors to be able to mimic at home. The restaurant describes this impressive dessert as “Eight decadent layers of rich, fudgy brownie and sweet vanilla cream cheese frosting, topped with chocolate shavings and a chocolate drizzle.”

Can you use homemade brownies for chocolate lasagna?

A brownie mix serves as the ideal base for your dessert due to its convenience. You could make your own brownies from scratch, as well.

What makes chocolate lasagna so fluffy?

The key is to add an extra egg to the brownies, which delivers a fluffier result and makes it easier to cut the layers horizontally.

Chocolate Lasagna

Prep Time 25 min
Cook Time 40 min
Yield 16 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages fudge brownie mix (8-inch square pan size)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • CREAM CHEESE FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • GANACHE:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • GARNISH:
  • Chocolate shavings

Directions

  1. Line the bottoms of 2 greased 8x8-in. baking pans with parchment; grease paper. In two separate bowls, prepare brownie mixes according to package directions, adding 1 additional egg to each. Pour into prepared pans. Bake according to package directions. Cool completely in pans on wire racks. Remove from pans; remove paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, 4-5 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until blended. Gradually beat in whipping cream until light and fluffy.
  3. Using a long serrated knife, cut each brownie horizontally in half. Place 1 layer on a serving plate. Spread one-fourth of the filling over the first layer. Repeat three times. Refrigerate while making ganache.
  4. Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; stir with a whisk until smooth. Cool slightly, stirring occasionally. Drizzle over top of chocolate lasagna. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 825 calories, 42g fat (18g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 397mg sodium, 110g carbohydrate (91g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

No one will guess this decadent dessert started with brownie mix. With cream cheese filling, ganache and chocolate shavings, it looks impressive, but is easy to make. —Molly Allen, Ellensburg, Washington