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The Best Copycat Recipes for Winter

When the weather outside is frightful, don’t risk running out for takeout. Try one of these make-at-home restaurant copycat recipes instead!

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Inspired by: Boston Market’s Turkey PotpieTaste of Home

Inspired by: Boston Market’s Turkey Potpie

I always use the leftovers from our big holiday turkey to prepare this recipe. I think my family enjoys the potpies more than the original feast! —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel’s Roast Beef

This well-seasoned roast is Mom’s specialty. Everyone loves slices of the fork-tender roast beef and its savory gravy, and people always ask what her secret ingredients are. Now you have the delicious recipe for our favorite dish! —Linda Gaido, New Brighton, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory’s Shepherd’s Pie

This is the best shepherd's pie recipe I've ever tasted. It's very quick to make, and I usually have most—if not all—of the ingredients already on hand. —Tirzah Sandt, San Diego, California

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Inspired by: Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera’s 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

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Inspired by: Country Kitchen’s Old Fashioned Apple CrispTaste of Home

Inspired by: Country Kitchen’s Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

I live in apple country, and a delicious crisp is one good way to use them that doesn't take a lot of time. —Gertrude Bartnick, Portage, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Noodles & Company’s Steak StroganoffTaste of Home

Inspired by: Noodles & Company’s Steak Stroganoff

No more standing and stirring at the stove. This creamy Stroganoff preps in a skillet, then cooks all day while you’re away. —Sarah C. Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire

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Inspired by: O’Charleys’ Overloaded Potato SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: O’Charleys’ Overloaded Potato Soup

I put a twist on one of my favorite comfort foods that my grandmother used to make. I look forward to passing this down to my kids. —Jamie Chase, Rising Sun, Indiana

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Inspired by: Cinnabon’s Cinnamon Rolls

I like to try different fun fillings in these soft rolls, and each one is packed with cinnamon flavor. They are definitely worth the overnight wait. —Chris O'Connell, San Antonio, Texas

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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel’s Chicken n’ DumplinsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cracker Barrel’s 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: Boston Market’s Mac & CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired by: Boston Market’s 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: Dunkin’ Donuts’ Hot Chocolate

You need just a few basic ingredients to stir up this hot chocolate. It's smooth and not too sweet, making it just right for a cozy night around a campfire. —Flo Snodderly, North Vernon, Indiana

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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory’s Steak DianeTaste of Home

Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory’s Steak Diane

When I want to provide a memorable dinner but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen, this is the recipe I rely on. I've used it many times on holidays or other occasions for a quick, impressive main dish. We relish the savory sauce poured over the steaks. —Pheobe Carre, Mullica Hill, New Jersey

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Inspired by: Panera’s Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Years ago, I fell hard for a lemony Greek soup at Panera Bread. It was just a special back then, but I re-created it at home so we could eat it whenever a craving hit! —Kristin Cherry, Bothell, Washington

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Inspired by: Country Kitchen’s Cinnamon Apple Swirl PancakesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Country Kitchen’s Cinnamon Apple Swirl Pancakes

My family loves these light and fluffy apple cinnamon pancakes. And best of all, they're sweet enough to enjoy even without syrup. —Kim McConnell, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Inspired by: Noodles & Company’s Alfredo MontAmore®Taste of Home

Inspired by: Noodles & Company’s Alfredo MontAmore®

When I want a lighter dinner, I use lean turkey bacon in this recipe. It gives the pasta that richness you want without all the extra fat. —Courtney Harris, Denton, Texas

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Inspired by: Wendys’ Chili

Inspired by: Wendys’ Chili

This hearty slow cooker chili can cook for up to 10 hours on low in the slow cooker. It's so good to come home to its wonderful aroma after a long day away. —Sue Call, Beech Grove, Indiana

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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel’s Mashed Potatoes

When it comes to mashed potatoes recipes, this is one of my favorites because they can be made ahead, refrigerated and then popped into the oven just prior to dinnertime. When my grandchildren come for dinner, I have to double this recipe. They love it! —Vivian Bailey, Cedar Falls, Iowa

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Inspired by: Culvers’ Stuffed Green Pepper SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Culvers’ Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Some of the cooks at the restaurant where I work were talking about stuffed pepper soup. We decided to stir up similar ingredients for a stuffed pepper soup recipe. Customer response was overwhelming! —Krista Muddiman, Meadville, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory’s Eggplant Parmesan

Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory’s Eggplant Parmesan

Because my recipe calls for baking the eggplant instead of frying it, it’s much healthier than other parmesans! The prep time is a little longer than for some recipes, but the Italian flavors and rustic elegance are well worth it. —Laci Hooten, McKinney, Texas

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Inspired by: Golden Corral’s Macaroni and CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired by: Golden Corral’s Macaroni and 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: Perkins Restaurant and Bakery’s Maple Glazed Pork Chops and Eggs

Inspired by: Perkins Restaurant and Bakery’s Maple Glazed Pork Chops and Eggs

Everyone cleaned their plates when my mother made these succulent, tangy-sweet pork chops when I was growing up. Now I get the same results when I serve them to my family alongside applesauce and au gratin potatoes. —Cheryl Miller, Fort Collins, Colorado

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The Ultimate Chicken Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Boston Market’s Rotisserie Chicken 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

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Inspired by: Maggiano’s Little Italy’s Chicken ParmesanTaste of Home

Inspired by: Maggiano’s Little Italy’s Chicken Parmesan

s my love making this satisfying dish--it's easy and elegant, and the slow cooker minimizes my time in the kitchen. I make this during football season, too. For game days, I skip the pasta and serve the chicken on submarine rolls with a bit of the sauce and some chopped lettuce. You could also cut the chicken breasts in half and make sliders. —Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Panera’s Mac & CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera’s Mac & Cheese

My mac and cheese is simple and has lots of flavor from the cheeses and ground chipotle chile. I use conchiglie pasta because its shape allows more melted cheese to pool inside. Yum! —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Chicken & Gnocchi SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Olive Garden’s 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: Cracker Barrel’s Fried ApplesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cracker Barrel’s Fried Apples

If you’re feeling festive, scoop some vanilla ice cream over a bowl of my cinnamon spiced apples. They’re homey, aromatic and just plain heavenly. —Amie Powell, Knoxville, Tennessee

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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory’s Pasta CarbonaraTaste of Home

Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory’s Pasta Carbonara

When a man at church found out how much my family likes fettuccine, he shared his Italian grandmother's carbonara recipe with us. I've made it my own over the last 25 years. Grated Parmesan cheese works just as well as Romano. —Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York

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Inspired by: Red Lobster’s New England Clam ChowderTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Lobster’s New England Clam Chowder

I ran across this recipe in one of my antique cookbooks. It's a timeless classic I like to prepare for friends and family throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. —Betty Ann Morgan, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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