10 Homemade Recipes That Are 10 Times Better Than Takeout

Save money and save time (but don't skimp on flavor!) when prepping homemade versions of your favorite takeout bites.

By: Foodlets

On a busy night, ordering takeout is so tempting. But if you can assemble just a few key ingredients ahead of time, the results from these copycat versions will come together as quickly as the restaurant stuff — so much tastier and cheaper too!

Shrimp Pad Thai
Quick-cooking shrimp bulk up pad Thai in a hurry.

Ginger Pork with Sugar Snap Peas
A quick sauce spiked with fresh garlic and ginger adds bold flavor this weeknight staple.

Skillet Deep-Dish Pizza
Good news, folks: No pizza stone required here! Just break out your cast-iron skillet to get that crispy crust you crave.

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Con Poulos

Beef Pho
Make your own broth or start with the store-bought stuff. We’ll never tell.

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Picasa

Cheeseburger Hand Pies
Instead of flipping burgers over a hot stove, throw a whole batch in the oven in the flakiest “bun” you’ll ever have!

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Photo by: Sam Kaplan

Sam Kaplan

Almost-Famous Stuffed Cheesy Bread
It's crispy, gooey and oh-so-perfectly golden brown — aka, it's a winner. 

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Thinking about Indian food tonight? Assemble the whole pot in the morning and come home to the taste of takeout.

Buffalo-Style Chicken Wings
Plan your tailgate around these fried beauties — you'll be glad you did.

Chicken & Vegetable Stir-Fry
If you’re a fan of Lo Mein, this homemade version will knock your socks off.

Homemade Mini Grinders
Forget those budget-busting subs. This DIY version is friendlier on the wallet but just as tasty.

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