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32 Favorite Restaurant Copycat Soup Recipes

It's cold outside and you're craving your favorite restaurant soup. Skip the drive, the wait and the bill and instead ladle up one of these hot, steamy homemade soups that taste just like their restaurant counterparts.

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Inspired by: Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Panera BreadTaste of Home

Inspired by: Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Panera Bread

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: French Onion Soup from TGI Friday'sTaste of Home

Inspired by: French Onion Soup from TGI Friday's

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: Mom's Chicken Noodle Soup from The Corner BakeryTaste of Home

Inspired by: Mom's Chicken Noodle Soup from The Corner Bakery

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: Ultimate Baked Potato Soup from Bennigan'sTaste of Home

Inspired by: Ultimate Baked Potato Soup from Bennigan's

The only thing that beats the comforting flavor of this thick and hearty loaded baked potato soup is possibly the idea that it simmers on its own all day in a slow cooker. —Barbara Bleigh, Colonial Heights, Virginia

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Inspired by: Chicken Enchilada Soup from Chili'sTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chicken Enchilada Soup from Chili's

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: Wisconsin Cheese Soup from Culver'sTaste of Home

Inspired by: Wisconsin Cheese Soup from Culver's

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: Chicken & Dumplings Soup from Cracker BarrelTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chicken & Dumplings Soup from Cracker Barrel

 Homemade chicken and dumplings from scratch harken back to my childhood and chilly days when we devoured those cute little balls of dough swimming in hot, rich broth. It's one of those types of soup you'll want to eat again and again. —Erika Monroe-Williams, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Inspired by: New England Clam Chowder from Red LobsterTaste of Home

Inspired by: New England Clam Chowder from Red Lobster

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

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Inspired by: Tomato Basil Bisque from California Pizza KitchenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Tomato Basil Bisque from California Pizza Kitchen

Just before the first frost of the season, we gather up all of the tomatoes from my mom’s garden to create this flavor-packed soup. Although it sounds like a lot of garlic, when it’s roasted, the garlic becomes mellow and almost sweet. We serve this soup with toasted bread spread with pesto.—Kaitlyn Lerdahl, Madison, Wisconsin


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Inspired by: Chicken Potpie Soup from Zoup!Taste of Home

Inspired by: Chicken Potpie Soup from Zoup!

My grandmother hand-wrote a cookbook; she created this amazing pie crust, and I added the delicious soup for it. —Karen LeMay, Seabrook, Texas

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Inspired by: Butternut Squash Soup from Atlanta Bread CompanyTaste of Home

Inspired by: Butternut Squash Soup from Atlanta Bread Company

I recently started experimenting with new soup recipes, and finally created a rich squash version that omits heavy cream altogether, making it a healthier way to curb my creamy-tooth. —Nithya Kumar, Davis, California

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Inspired by: Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup from Bob EvansTaste of Home

Inspired by: Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup from Bob Evans

This nicely seasoned soup tastes so good. It's convenient, too, since it simmers all day in the slow cooker. —Jean Hutzell, Dubuque, Iowa

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Inspired by: Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup from Panera BreadTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup from Panera Bread

This go-to weeknight recipe is one I tweaked over and over till it was just right. It has morphed from a labor-intensive wintry bowl to a steamy, comforting, slow-cooked favorite for our family. —Courtney Riggin, Hatchechubbee, Alabama


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Inspired by: Corn Chowder + Lump Crab from Bonefish GrillTaste of Home

Inspired by: Corn Chowder + Lump Crab from Bonefish Grill

No time to make a homemade soup? Think again! You'll be ladling out steamy bowls of this satisfying chowder in no time. Canned corn and crab blend beautifully in the creamy colorful soup. —Sarah McClanahan, Raleigh, North Carolina

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Inspired by: Tortilla Soup from QdobaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Tortilla Soup from Qdoba

Put a little spice in your menu with my favorite Anaheim pepper recipe. The peppers, jalapenos and cayenne heat up this full-flavored tortilla soup. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Inspired by: Sausage & Lentil Soup from Carrabba's Italian GrillTaste of Home

Inspired by: Sausage & Lentil Soup from Carrabba's Italian Grill

Lentils are an inexpensive but nutritious power food, and these days, a hot, filling and flavorful family meal at a great price is a real comfort. My husband just loves this soup and it freezes well. —Donna Scarano, East Hanover, New Jersey

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Inspired by: Thai Chicken Soup from Noodles & CompanyTaste of Home

Inspired by: Thai Chicken Soup from Noodles & Company

Similar to a Vietnamese pho rice noodle soup, this red curry soup packs big flavor and a bit of heat. The crisp raw vegetables help cool things down. —Monnie Norasing, Mansfield, Texas

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Inspired by: Bean with Ham Soup from Culver'sTaste of Home

Inspired by: Bean with Ham Soup from Culver's

There is nothing quite like the wonderful feeling of when you open the door and smell this delicious stew bubbling away in the slow cooker. To make preparation even easier, I like to start it the night before, and then all I have to do is turn on the slow cooker in the morning. —Lyndsay Wells, Ladysmith, British Columbia

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Inspired by: Mama Blue's Shrimp Gumbo from Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.Taste of Home

Inspired by: Mama Blue's Shrimp Gumbo from Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Gumbo is one dish that makes Louisiana cuisine so famous. We live across the state line in Texas and can’t seem to get enough of this traditional gumbo recipe that features okra, shrimp, spicy seasonings and what is called the holy trinity—onions, green peppers and celery. This recipe calls for seafood, but you could also use chicken, duck or sausage. —Ruth Aubey, San Antonio, Texas

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Inspired by: Southwest Chicken Chili from Jason's DeliTaste of Home

Inspired by: Southwest Chicken Chili from Jason's Deli

Because it looks different than traditional chili, my family was a little hesitant to try this dish at first. Thanks to the full, hearty flavor, it's become a real favorite around our house. I like to serve it with warm cornbread. —Jeanette Urbom, Louisburg, Kansas

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Inspired by: Dakota Smashed Pea + Barley Soup from California Pizza KitchenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Dakota Smashed Pea + Barley Soup from California Pizza Kitchen

For a different spin on traditional pea soup, try this split pea soup recipe with corned beef. The flavor is peppery rather than smoky, and a tasty change of pace. —Barbara Link, Alta Loma, California

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Inspired by: Hot & Sour Soup from P.F. Chang's China BistroTaste of Home

Inspired by: Hot & Sour Soup from P.F. Chang's China Bistro

We've tried several recipes for this hot and sour soup and couldn't find one that resembled the one we liked at a restaurant. So, I made my own and I must say it is on par with what you'll find when dining out. Regular or hot chili sauce can be used, according to taste. —Vera Leitow, Mancelona, Michigan

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Inspired by: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from Panera BreadTaste of Home

Inspired by: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from Panera Bread

Years ago, I fell hard for a lemony Greek soup at Panera Bread. It was just a special back then, and 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: Garden Vegetable Soup from Potbelly Sandwich ShopTaste of Home

Inspired by: Garden Vegetable Soup from Potbelly Sandwich Shop

A friend gave me the idea to use V8 juice in veggie soup because it provides more flavor. My best vegetable soup recipe, this homemade meal is perfect to prepare on a crisp autumn afternoon. —Janice Steinmetz, Somers, Connecticut


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Inspired by: Jungle Safari Soup from Rainforest CaféTaste of Home

Inspired by: Jungle Safari Soup from Rainforest Café

Everyone in my family likes this soup. Sometimes I use mini farfalle in this soup because my grandchildren say it looks like tiny butterflies. The recipe also works in a slow cooker. —Nancy Murphy, Mount Dora, Florida

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Inspired by: Stuffed Green Pepper Soup from Culver'sTaste of Home

Inspired by: Stuffed Green Pepper Soup from Culver's

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: Chicken & Gnocchi Soup from Olive GardenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chicken & Gnocchi Soup from Olive Garden

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: Minestrone from IHOPTaste of Home

Inspired by: Minestrone from IHOP

This minestrone soup recipe is special to me because it’s one of the few dinners my entire family loves. And I can feel good about serving it because it’s full of nutrition and low in fat. —Lauren Brennan, Hood River, Oregon
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Inspired by: Pasta e Fagioli from Olive GardenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Pasta e Fagioli from Olive Garden

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
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Inspired by: Southwest Steak & Black Bean Soup from Applebee'sTaste of Home

Inspired by: Southwest Steak & Black Bean Soup from Applebee's

I've gotten great response at our church dinners and senior groups whenever I bring this thick easy-to-fix soup. I usually take home an empty pot and often get requests for the recipe. The flavor seems to improve with leftovers...if there are any! —Evelyn Buford, Belton, Missouri
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Inspired by: Veggie Chili from McAlister's DeliTaste of Home

Inspired by: Veggie Chili from McAlister's Deli

For a vegetarian chili that meat lovers would like, this recipe is healthy and tastes great. It takes just a few minutes to prepare, then the chili simmers in the slow cooker leaving me free to do something else. I top bowls with shredded cheddar cheese.—Connie Barnett, Athens, Georgia
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Inspired by: Lobster Bisque from Red LobsterTaste of Home

Inspired by: Lobster Bisque from Red Lobster

Creamy bisque is elegant enough for sit-down dinners yet hearty enough for casual gatherings.—Mike Payne, Hixson, Tennessee

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