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The Best Copycat Recipes of 2021

This year we've been making our favorite menu items at home—and now you can, too! These are the best copycat recipes of 2021.

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Inspired by: Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This creamy, cheesy broccoli soup tastes just like the one served at Panera Bread! My family requests it all the time. You can even make your own homemade bread bowls with the recipe on my blog, Yammie’s Noshery. —Rachel Preus, Marshall, Michigan

Get Our Recipe for Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl

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Inspired by: Olive Garden Five-Cheese Ziti al Forno

After having the five-cheese ziti at Olive Garden, I tried to make my own version of it—and I think I got pretty close. I always double this when I’m making it and freeze the second one for another meal. —Keri Whitney, Castro Valley, California
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Inspired by: Starbucks Pumpkin Bread

Skip the line and bake Starbucks pumpkin bread in your own kitchen. This copycat recipe may be even better than the original! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Inspired by: McDonald's Big Mac

These sliders are super easy to put together and are always a hit! I love that they are “fast food” without having to go to a restaurant. Take them to a party, make them for dinner or serve them on game day. The meat can also be made ahead of time in preparation for your gathering. —April Lee Wiencek, Chicago, Illinois
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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole

Learn how to replicate the best-ever cheesy potato casserole at home. This Cracker Barrel hash brown casserole recipe is as good as the real deal!
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Inspired by: Culver's Butterburger

It’s no secret that Wisconsinites love their dairy—so much that they sometimes top their burgers with a generous pat of butter.
My recipe is a lot like the butter burgers you’ll find in popular restaurants all over the state. —Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio —Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio
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Inspired by: Panda Express Orange Chicken

We enjoy these tangy nuggets so many ways—over noodles or rice, in sandwiches, even on top of lettuce and cabbage. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Steak Diane

Forget the cheesecake! Let’s talk about The Cheesecake Factory’s famous steak Diane. Try it with a side of mashed potatoes.
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Inspired by: Wendy's Chili

This flavorful chili is still thick and hearty even though it makes a small batch. I serve it with a salad of grapefruit and avocado slices. —Norma Grogg, St. Louis, Missouri
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Inspired by: Olive Garden Breadsticks

This copycat Olive Garden breadsticks recipe can be on your table in less than an hour. Plus, just like the restaurant, there’s no limit to how many you can eat!
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Inspired by: Noodles & Company Penne Rosa

I reworked this recipe from an original that called for vodka and heavy whipping cream. My friends and family had a hard time believing a sauce this rich, flavorful and creamy could be light. —Margaret Wilson, Hemet, California
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Inspired by: Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake

My family always asks for this love-me-tender lemon loaf cake. Sometimes, I shake things up and make cupcakes with the batter. So awesome for brunch! —Lola Baxter, Winnebago, Minnesota
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Inspired by: Chipotle Chicken

Want to learn the secret to making chicken just like Chipotle? We spilled all the beans (black and pinto).

We adore these other copycat chicken recipes, too.

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Inspired by: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Ever wanted to whip up a batch of Red Lobster’s famous Cheddar Bay Biscuits at home? You can—and it only takes about 30 minutes.
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Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza

So fast and so easy with refrigerated pizza crust, these saucy, smoky pizzas make quick fans with their rustic, hot-off-the-grill flavor. They’re perfect for impromptu cookouts and summer dinners on the patio. —Alicia Trevithick, Temecula, California
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Inspired by: Panera Bread Lemon Chicken Soup

Skip a trip to the restaurant and learn how to make copycat Panera Lemon Chicken Soup at home. This healthy, flavorful recipe comes together quickly and easily on the stovetop in about an hour. Serve with a side of crusty baguette!
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Inspired by: Cheesecake Factory Shrimp Scampi

Use your favorite dry, crisp white wine to make this copycat Cheesecake Factory shrimp scampi recipe. Plate it just like the restaurant by arranging the shrimp around a mound of angel hair pasta.
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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Chicken n’ Dumplins

Using precooked chicken and ready-made biscuits, this hearty dish is comfort food made simple. It's the perfect way to warm up on chilly nights. —Lakeya Astwood, Schenectady, New York
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Inspired by: KFC The Original Recipe

If you've wanted to learn how to make crispy fried chicken, this is the recipe for you. Always a picnic favorite, this deep fried chicken recipe is delicious either hot or cold. Kids call it my Kentucky Fried Chicken! —Jeanne Schnitzler, Lima, Montana
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Inspired by: Bojangles Biscuits and Gravy

This biscuits and sausage gravy is an old southern recipe that I've adapted. Homemade sausage gravy is a classic, hearty breakfast that takes you on a trip to the South every time it's served. —Sue Baker, Jonesboro, Arkansas
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Inspired by: Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna

We love Olive Garden for the soup, salad and breadsticks, but what about dessert? Learn how to make one of Olive Garden’s signature decadent desserts. It’s loaded with sweet layers!
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Inspired by: Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad

My family is always happy to see this fruit and veggie salad on the table. If strawberries aren’t available, substitute mandarin oranges and dried cranberries. —Irene Keller, Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Inspired by: Boston Market Cornbread

A friend gave me this cornbread recipe several years ago, and I think it’s the best recipe I’ve tried. I love to serve this melt-in-your mouth homemade cornbread hot from the oven with butter and syrup. It gets rave reviews on holidays. —Nicole Callen, Auburn, California
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Inspired by: Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli

Here's a convenient spin on a classic Italian favorite. Spaghetti sauce and canned broth form the flavorful base. —Cindy Garland, Limestone, Tennessee
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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake

Our Test Kitchen shares this recipe for a basic cheesecake that tastes great alone or with any number of garnishes. Try serving it with Raspberry Sauce and Sour Cream Topping.
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Inspired by: Pizza Hut Cheese Sticks

We love the breadsticks we get hot from the oven at our local pizza parlor. Now I can serve that same wonderful goodness at home. —Heather Bates, Athens, Maine
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Inspired by: P.F. Chang's Mongolian Beef

My family just loves this meal-in-one option, including my husband, who is truly a meat-and-potatoes guy. The dish uses inexpensive ingredients to offer big flavor in a small amount of time. —Heather Blum, Coleman, Wisconsin
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Inspired by: Starbucks Cheese Danish

Skip the long drive-thru line. This Starbucks cheese Danish copycat recipe makes a light and flaky breakfast pastry.
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Inspired by: TGI Fridays French Onion Soup

Enjoy my signature French onion soup the way my granddaughter Becky does: I make onion soup for her in a crock bowl, complete with garlic croutons and gobs of melted Swiss cheese on top. —Lou Sansevero, Ferron, Utah
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Inspired by: Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

I tasted a similar soup at Olive Garden and wanted to see if I could re-create it myself at home. Here's the delicious result! It's wonderful on a chilly evening. —Jaclynn Robinson, Shingletown, California
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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Chicken Fried Chicken

As a child, I learned from my grandmother how to make these chicken-fried steaks. I taught my daughters, and when my granddaughters are older, I’ll show them, too. —Donna Cater, Fort Ann, New York
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Inspired by: Panera Bread Bread Bowl

Recreate a perfectly cozy at-home version of Panera’s famous bread bowl with this copycat recipe. Fill it with your favorite soup, salad or mac and cheese!
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Inspired by: Olive Garden Lasagna Classico

Want to know how to make lasagna for a casual holiday meal? You can't go wrong with this deliciously rich meat lasagna recipe. My grown sons and daughter-in-law request it for their birthdays, too. —Pam Thompson, Girard, Illinois
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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Meat Loaf

The combination of onion, carrots, parsley and cheese—plus the tomato-mustard topping—makes this meat loaf really colorful. The recipe lends itself easily to being doubled or halved to suit the number you're cooking for, and it freezes well, too. It's the best meatloaf ever! —Anna Baker, Blaine, Washington
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Inspired by: TGI Fridays Loaded Potato Skins

Wondering how to make potato skins taste great? Both crisp and hearty, this restaurant-quality snack is one that's often requested by my family. —Trish Perrin, Keizer, Oregon
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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

I created this recipe to combine two of my all-time favorites: cheesecake for the grown-up in me and chocolate chip cookie dough for the little girl in me. Sour cream offsets the sweetness and adds a nice tang. Everyone who tries this scrumptious cookie dough cheesecake loves it. —Julie Craig, Kewaskum, Wisconsin
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Inspired by: KFC Coleslaw

For me, this is the best coleslaw recipe because a package of shredded cabbage and carrots really cuts down on prep time. This creamy coleslaw recipe is great for potlucks or to serve to your family on a busy weeknight. —Renee Endress, Galva, Illinois
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Inspired by: Starbucks Blueberry Scone

I love serving this blueberry scone recipe to visiting friends and family. I always make sure a have a few in the freezer. Just pop a frozen scone in the microwave for 20 seconds or so. —Joan Francis, Spring Lake, New Jersey
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Inspired by: Boston Market Mac & Cheese

Our stovetop macaroni and cheese is extra special, thanks to the buttery crumb topping. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Baked Apple Dumplin’

I received this recipe for baked apple dumplings with Mountain Dew from a friend of mine, then tweaked it to suit my family's tastes. The soda is definitely the secret ingredient in this rich apple dessert. —Chris Shields, Monrovia, Indiana
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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Spicy Cashew Chicken

There are lots of recipes for cashew chicken, but my family thinks this one stands alone. We love the flavor from the fresh ginger and the crunch of the cashews. Another plus is it’s easy to prepare. —Oma Rollison, El Cajon, California

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Inspired by: Denny’s Slow-Cooked Pot Roast

My husband and I like chuck roast recipes, so this slow-cooked recipe is terrific. You'll also love how flavorful and tender this comforting beef chuck roast turns out. —Bette McCumber, Schenectady, New York
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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Macaroni n’ Cheese

You'll always have a winner at the potluck when you bring macaroni and cheese. Here's an extra-rich, creamy version for the slow cooker. —Jennifer Blondek, Chicopee, Massachusetts
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Inspired by: Culver's Wisconsin Cheese Soup

One of my favorite childhood memories is of my Aunt Claire serving up hearty bowlfuls of her famous cheesy soup. She would pair this cheese soup with a slice of warm buttered bread for a downhome lunch. —Rob Feezor, Alexandria, Virginia
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Inspired by: Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

I let my young son pick out seed packets and he chose kale, which grew like crazy. This hearty soup helped make good use of it and rivals a restaurant version that we love. —Michelle Babbie, Malone, New York
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Inspired by: Starbucks Very Berry Coffee

This tasty, wholesome coffee cake is loaded with fresh berries. It's perfect for those with a sweet tooth. —Heather O'Neill, Troy, Ohio
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Inspired by: Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

This soup delivers a big bowl of fresh comfort—just ask my husband. Toppings like avocado, sour cream and tortilla strips are a must. —Heather Sewell, Harrisonville, Missouri
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Inspired by: Chipotle Barbacoa

My husband adores this barbacoa, which is beef roast simmered in lime juice, chipotle and cumin. He would eat it one a week if I would make it that often! We have it over rice with cilantro and a spritz of lime. —Aundrea McCormick, Denver, Colorado
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Inspired by: Texas Roadhouse Beef Tips

We once owned an organic greenhouse and produce business. Weekends were hectic, so I made no-fuss meals like yummy beef tips to fortify us at day’s end. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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Inspired by: The Corner Bakery Cafe Chicken Noodle Soup

My first Wisconsin winter was so cold, all I wanted to eat was homemade chicken noodle soup. Of all the chicken noodle soup recipes out there, this type of soup is my favorite and is in heavy rotation from November to April. It has many incredibly devoted fans.—Gina Nistico, Denver, Colorado

Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.