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Copycat Olive Garden Soups, Salad and Breadsticks

Many of us go to Olive Garden just to take advantage of their unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks—the combination is hard to resist! However, with a bit more effort, you can enjoy those dishes in the comfort of your own home with our delicious copycat recipes.

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Inspired by: Chicken & Gnocchi SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: 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 cool evening. —Jaclynn Robinson, Shingletown, California

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Inspired by: House SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: House Salad

For an Italian twist on salad, I mix greens with red onion, mushrooms, olives, pepperoncini, lemon juice and Italian seasoning. Add tomatoes and carrots if you like. —Deborah Loop, Clinton Township, Michigan

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Inspired by: MinestroneTaste of Home

Inspired by: Minestrone

This vegetarian minestrone soup was created to accommodate special Christmas dinner guests who don't eat meat. It was so good we all enjoyed it. This can also be cooked on the stove for two hours on low simmer. —Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts

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BONUS! Alfredo Dipping Sauce

When I found out I had celiac disease and couldn't have fettuccine Alfredo, I was determined to figure out a way to re-create it. I mix this homemade alfredo sauce with gluten-free multigrain pasta, but you can use any style of pasta. —Jackie Charlesworth Stiff, Frederick, Colorado

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Inspired by: Breadsticks

These tender breadsticks fill the kitchen with a tempting aroma when they are baking, and they’re wonderful served warm. My family tells me I can’t make them too often. —Gaylene Anderson, Sandy, Utah

(Here’s how to make copycat Olive Garden breadsticks, step by step.)

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Inspired by: Zuppa TuscanaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Zuppa Tuscana

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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BONUS! Marinara Dipping SauceTaste of Home

BONUS! Marinara Dipping Sauce

When my tomatoes ripen, the first things I make are BLTs and this homemade spaghetti sauce. —Sondra Bergy, Lowell, Michigan

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Inspired by: Pasta e Fagioli

Inspired by: Pasta e Fagioli

This chunky soup is good to the last spoonful. It's my go-to recipe because it's so hearty and we all always want more. —Penny Novy, Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.

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