Olive Garden is now offering $5 take-home entrees all year long

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One of my favorite things about dining out is the leftovers, and I’m not the only one who loves the idea of extending my dinner into the next day. Olive Garden is now making it easier to go home with not just leftovers, but an entire extra entree: The restaurant chain is turning their limited-time deal on a $5 take-home dinner into something you can do for the rest of the year.

Here’s how it works: When you order any entree while dining in at the restaurant, you can buy up to five items from their $5 take-home menu. In other words, you can bring home Olive Garden for the next five nights for just $25! (Breadsticks and salad aficionados will have to figure out how to get their fix, because they’re not included with the $5 take-home entree. However, the true fans will always find a way!)

There is even more good news: This deal includes kids‘ entrees. That means a family of four could head home with a meal for everyone for just $20. Tomorrow night’s dinner is already set!

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The $5 take-home menu includes fettuccine alfredo, five-cheese ziti al forno and spaghetti with meat sauce. The entrees are freshly prepared, then chilled, so they are ready to take home when you’re done dining in. Just throw the meals in the fridge when you get home and reheat them when it’s time to have an Olive Garden pasta dinner all over again.

Salad doesn’t do well as a leftover, but if you’ve just got to have an OG salad with your pasta, you could make one in your own kitchen. Just prep a copycat Olive Garden salad dressing recipe ahead of time so you can keep your salad-making speedy on a weeknight.

The offer is available in the continental U.S. and Canada, excluding the location in Times Square, New York City.

Which pasta dish will you be taking home after your next trip to Olive Garden?

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