10 Cafeteria Copycat Recipes That’ll Take You Back

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole: Recreate the comforting flavors of chicken pot pie with a casserole version made with diced chicken, mixed vegetables, creamy sauce, and a flaky puff pastry topping.

Homestyle Meatloaf: Enjoy the classic homestyle meatloaf by combining ground beef, breadcrumbs, onions, and seasonings. Bake until tender and serve with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Macaroni and Cheese: Indulge in creamy macaroni and cheese by combining cooked pasta with a rich cheese sauce made from cheddar, milk, butter, and a hint of mustard.

Turkey Tetrazzini: Transform leftover turkey into a delicious tetrazzini pasta dish by combining diced turkey with cooked spaghetti, mushrooms, cream sauce, and a topping of breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.

Chicken Fried Steak: Recreate the crispy goodness of chicken fried steak by coating tenderized beef steak in seasoned flour, frying until golden brown, and serving with creamy gravy.

Tater Tot Casserole: Make a comforting tater tot casserole by layering ground beef, mixed vegetables, cream of mushroom soup, and tater tots. Bake until bubbly and golden brown.

Sloppy Joes: Whip up homemade sloppy joes by cooking ground beef with onions, bell peppers, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and spices. Serve on hamburger buns for a satisfying meal.

Chicken and Dumplings: Warm up with a bowl of chicken and dumplings made with tender chicken, carrots, celery, and fluffy dumplings simmered in a savory broth.

Shepherd's Pie: Enjoy a hearty shepherd's pie by layering seasoned ground beef or lamb with peas, carrots, and mashed potatoes. Bake until the potatoes are golden and crispy.

Pizza Bagels: Create a quick and easy cafeteria favorite by topping toasted bagels with marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings. Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

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