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30 Recipes That Are Better the Next Day

Some dishes just taste better the next day. Whip up some of our favorite recipes—from trifles to pasta sauces to chowders—that just improve overnight.

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Filipino Adobo Aromatic ChickenTaste of Home

Filipino Adobo Aromatic Chicken

This saucy chicken packs a wallop of flavor—salty, sweet, sour, slightly spicy and even a little umami. It can be made on the stove, too. Any way I make it, I think it tastes even better the next day served over warm rice. —Loanne Chiu, Fort Worth, Texas

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Sausage, Artichoke & Sun-Dried Tomato RaguTaste of Home

Sausage, Artichoke & Sun-Dried Tomato Ragu

This is a thick and hearty spaghetti sauce that's simple to prepare. Like all good spaghetti sauces, this one tastes even better the next day. If you prefer a little celery or bell pepper in your sauce, go ahead and throw them in. The results will still amaze. —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho

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Cinnamon Nut BarsTaste of Home

Cinnamon Nut Bars

Classic bar meets good-for-you ingredients in this updated recipe. If you have the patience, after the bars are cool, store them in a tin for a day to allow the flavors to meld...I think they taste even better the next day.— Heidi Lindsey, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin

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Potato Beer Cheese SoupTaste of Home

Potato Beer Cheese Soup

This satisfying potato soup has a velvety texture that's not too thick or too thin. The subtle flavors of beer and cheese balance each other nicely, creating a soup that's sure to warm you head to toe. —Patti Lavell, Islamorada, Florida

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Onion Beef au JusTaste of Home

Onion Beef au Jus

Garlic, onions, soy sauce and onion soup mix flavor the tender beef in these savory hot sandwiches served with a tasty, rich broth for dipping. The seasoned beef makes delicious cold sandwiches, too. —Marilyn Brown, West Union, Iowa

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Raspberry Cocoa TrifleTaste of Home

Raspberry Cocoa Trifle

This lovely layered dessert is my husband's favorite. I always make it for our Christmas dinner, but it's excellent after any special meal. —Karen Bourne, Magrath, Alberta

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Dilly Veggie PizzaTaste of Home

Dilly Veggie Pizza

This is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover veggies. It's a cinch to prep and you can change the mixture to match your kids' taste buds. Always popular at special events, it's just as yummy the next day. —Heather Ahrens, Columbus, Ohio

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Easy Cuban PicadilloTaste of Home

Easy Cuban Picadillo

My girlfriend gave me this delicious recipe years ago. I’ve made it ever since for family and friends, and they all love it. My daughter loves to take leftovers to school for lunch the next day. —Marie Wielgus, Wayne, New Jersey

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Italian Pineapple TrifleTaste of Home

Italian Pineapple Trifle

My grandmother made this rich, tempting trifle every year for our family’s Christmas Eve celebrations. Now I make it to carry on her special tradition. It’s an easy, delicious no-bake dessert everyone will love. —Ann-Marie Milano, Milton, Massachusetts

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Filipino Chicken AdoboTaste of Home

Filipino Chicken Adobo

My mom always makes her saucy Chicken Adobo recipe when I come home to visit. I think it's even better the next day as leftovers —she says it's because of the vinegar. — Michael Moya, Taste of Home Senior Marketing Manager

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Honey-Orange Broccoli SlawTaste of Home

Honey-Orange Broccoli Slaw

When you need coleslaw quickly, here's a great choice. Hints of honey and citrus make it special. —Debbie Cassar, Rockford, Michigan

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Slow-Cooked Italian MeatballsTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Italian Meatballs

What I love about these meatballs is that they can be served as an appetizer right out of the slow cooker, or alongside your favorite pasta. They also make a delicious sandwich. —Jason Romano, Downingtown, Pennsylvania

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Easy Buffalo Chicken DipTaste of Home

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Everyone will simply devour this savory and delicious dip with shredded chicken throughout. The spicy kick makes it a perfect football-watching food, and the recipe always brings raves. —Janice Foltz, Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Slow-Cooker Split Pea SoupTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup

When I have leftover ham in the fridge, I always like to make this split pea soup. Just throw the ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on and dinner is done. —Pamela Chambers, West Columbia, South Carolina

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Slow-Cooker Italian Sloppy JoesTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Italian Sloppy Joes

These tasty sloppy joes with plenty of mass appeal are perfect for a gathering. If you're taking them to an event later in the day, simplify your morning by cooking the beef mixture and stirring in other ingredients the night before. Cool the meat sauce in shallow bowls in the fridge, then cover and refrigerate them overnight. The next day, transfer the meat mixture to the slow cooker to finish cooking, and then keep it warm for the party. —Hope Wasylenki, Gahanna, OH

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Banana Macadamia MuffinsTaste of Home

Banana Macadamia Muffins

These muffins taste even better the next day, so to save time, I often make them the night before. They stay moist for days. —Stasha Wampler, Clinchport, Virginia

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Cheddar, Corn & Potato ChowderTaste of Home

Cheddar, Corn & Potato Chowder

Curry gives this just the right amount of zip without being overpowering. I especially like all the veggies in the recipe. My kids always loved it, even when they were young, and I always had to make a double or triple batch to make sure we had enough leftovers.—Becky Ruff, McGregor, Iowa

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Bourbon-Spiced Glazed HamTaste of Home

Bourbon-Spiced Glazed Ham

This bourbon-spiked ham makes a wonderful main course for a holiday feast. Leftovers (if there are any leftovers) make delicious sandwiches. —Karen Sublett-Young, Princeton, Indiana

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Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato SauceTaste of Home

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

When my mom made spaghetti sauce, the house would smell so good that I'd open the windows to torture the neighbors. It even tastes wonderful the next day, when the flavors have really melded. —Vera Schulze, Holbrook, New York

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Mississippi Mud PieTaste of Home

Mississippi Mud Pie

This southern favorite is one my family can never get enough of and there are never any leftovers. My grandmother, mother and aunts always made this recipe for family gatherings. Now I make it for everyone because it's so easy to prepare and everyone loves it! —Elizabeth Williston, Thibodaux, Louisiana

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Lentil, Bacon and Bean SoupTaste of Home

Lentil, Bacon and Bean Soup

This quick soup feels extra cozy with lots of lentils and a touch of smoky, bacony goodness. You might want to cook up extra—I think it's even better the next day! —Janie Zirbser, Mullica Hill, New Jersey

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Garden MinestroneTaste of Home

Garden Minestrone

In Italian restaurants, I always order minestrone. After doing many trial and error batches, I developed a hearty veggie soup my whole family craves—kids and all. —Hillery Martin, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

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Stovetop Turkey TetrazziniTaste of Home

Stovetop Turkey Tetrazzini

A very special aunt shared this fun spin on creamy tetrazzini. We think it’s even better the next day. —Tasia Cox, Niceville, Florida

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Contest-Winning Grilled Corn SalsaTaste of Home

Contest-Winning Grilled Corn Salsa

Nothing beats the flavor of grilled vegetables, and this is a super way to use your garden bounty. I grill the veggies anytime I'm grilling something else, then whip up the salad and put it in the fridge to marinate. It's even better the next day. —Teri Kman Laporte, Colorado

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Ham, Potato and Pepper ChowderTaste of Home

Ham, Potato and Pepper Chowder

I have been serving this chowder for years now. When I’m feeding family members who don’t eat dairy products, I substitute oil for the butter, and use coconut milk or soy creamer instead of heavy cream. And it still turns out great! —Eileen Stefanski, Wales, Wisconsin

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Chocolate TrifleTaste of Home

Chocolate Trifle

For a fabulous finale when entertaining, this lovely layered chocolate trifle is a winner! Chocolate trifle recipes are a do-ahead dessert that serves a group, and it even tastes great the next day. —Pam Botine, Goldsboro, North Carolina

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Italian Sausage & Sun-Dried Tomato PastaTaste of Home

Italian Sausage & Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Flavor-packed sausage and sun-dried tomatoes are sure to liven up any simple pasta dish. I have a feeling that once you've tried it, it'll become a family favorite!—Dawn Singleton, Eighty Four, Pennsylvania

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Rich Seafood ChowderTaste of Home

Rich Seafood Chowder

This creamy, delectable soup is even better the next day. It also works well with scallops or a flaky whitefish. Substitute half-and-half or heavy cream for all or part of the milk to make this soup even richer. —Anita Culver, Royersford, Pennsylvania

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