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14 Easy Dinner Recipes for Two: Copycat Style

By: Arielle Matlin, editor of

Cooking dinner recipes for two can be a challenge for the most experienced cook. The waste and expense can be difficult to control if you aren't feeding a large family. Often times this leads to many nights spent eating out, but that can get too expensive quite quickly. There is no reason you can't enjoy a great dinner recipe portioned for two in the comfort of home.

Salad recipes, pasta recipes, chicken recipes, and meat recipes can all be adapted to yield less food. We collected dinner recipes for two that don't need to be changed, just follow the simple recipes. Make these for a romantic night in for two or for an easy weeknight meal. These copycat dinner recipes for two are easy to make and won't leave with a pot of extra food. 

14 Easy Dinner Recipes for Two: Copycat Style

Easy Dinner Salad Recipes for Two

Easy Pasta Dinner Recipes for Two

Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes for Two

Easy Meat Dinner Recipes for Two

Spaghetti Warehouse Knockoff with Garlic Butter

Easy Dinner Salad Recipes for Two

Red Robin's Apple Harvest Salad       Copycat Panera Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad

Dinner salad recipes are a great dinner option for making two servings. Salad recipes like these copycat recipes are easy to adjust and control how much you make. These salad recipes are packed with protein and nutrients, making them great recipes for a filling dinner. 

  1. Red Robin's Apple Harvest Chicken Salad - pictured above left
  2. Copycat Culver's Chicken Cashew Salad - 
  3. Copycat Panera Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad - pictured above right
  4. Our Version of Panera's Thai Chicken Salad

Easy Pasta Dinner Recipes for Two

Cheesecake Factory Pasta Da Vinci Copycat     Copycat Carino's Bowtie Festival

Pasta recipes are probably the easiest recipes to make for two. Cooking times for pasta are not going to need to be changed just to make less food, so they make a great meal for two.

  1. Spaghetti Warehouse Knockoff with Garlic Butter - pictured top of the page
  2. Copycat Carino's Bowtie Festival - pictured above right
  3. Cheesecake Factory Pasta Da Vinci Copycat - pictured above left
  4. Olive Garden Copycat Alfredo Fettuccini

Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes for Two

Olive Garden Grilled Chicken Alfredo      Better Than Takeout Easy Mandarin Chicken

Chicken recipes are often made to serve 4 or 6. This can be frustrating when you don't have a packed house. These chicken recipes are delicious and won't leave you with a fridge full of food.

  1. Olive Garden Grilled Chicken Alfredo Copycat - pictured above left
  2. Copycat Bucca Di Beppo Spicy Chicken Rigatoni
  3. Better than Takeout Easy Mandarin Chicken - pictured above right
  4. Copycat Panda Express SweetFire Chicken

Easy Beefy Dinner Recipes for Two

Make Your Own Chevy's Steak Fajitas       P.F. Chang's Mongolian Beef Replica

Just because you want to make dinner recipes for two doesn't mean you don't want a hearty and satisfying meal. These recipes with beef are so simple to make and are delicious any day of the week. 

  1. Make Your Own Chevy's Steak Fajitas - pictured above left
  2. P.F. Chang's Mongolian Beef Replica - pictured above right
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