Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo N Cheese – revisited

There is something about macaroni and cheese…it is a comfort food most find difficult to resist. Personally, I know once I have spotted macaroni and cheese on the menu, it often ends up on my plate. The Outback Steakhouse has a macaroni and cheese recipe many people have requested in the past. The recipe is only on the children’s menu, but why should children have all of the fun? I hate to say it, but when I order take out, I will add in an order of their macaroni and cheese so I can have some at home. This is a recipe that has been pulled from my archives and has been completely updated. My initial recipe was more complicated; I think this recipe is much closer to the original.
Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo

Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo N Cheese

If you need to reheat this later, the macaroni and cheese can be made creamy again by adding more heavy cream. Honestly, you can use milk for this recipe, but the results are much creamier when you use heavy cream. I have also made this with half and half and whole milk with good results.

Do you have any interesting stories or experiences of you ordering off the children’s menu? In addition to ordering this via take out, I have also been guilty of ordering the peanut butter and jelly kids’ combo at Panera Bread. I never keep bread in my house, because I don’t eat a whole loaf before it goes stale, so for me, a freshly made peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a treat. What are your guilty pleasures from a children’s menu?

Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo and Cheese

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recieps, Pasta Recipes, Side Dish Recipes
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:25 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo and Cheese

This macaroni and cheese is tasty and simple to prepare. Now you can have macaroni and cheese just like the Outback Steakhouse with this copy cat recipe.


  • 2 cups dry penne pasta
  • 8 ounce Velveeta cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


Cook pasta according to package directions. Cube Velveeta in small pieces, so it can melt easily. In a small saucepan, combined cubed Velveeta cheese and heavy cream. Turn the heat on low and stir until all cheese is melted. Reduce the heat to simmer until you are ready to combine with the pasta. Once pasta is done, pour back into the pot where it was cooked; add sauce and mix well.

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  • 20st11

    This recipe is great. I salt the water to add a bit of flavor to the noodles. I also found the sauce was a little thick for my liking so I added a bit of milk, and it is great! Thanks for posting.

  • 3Angels

    Velveeta cheese? Wow, what a disappointment!!

    • stephaniemanley

      Have you tried their Macaroni and Cheese? I think everything has its place, even Velveeta.

  • Taylor

    I just tried this recipe and it totally tastes extremely close to the actual meal at the restaurant. c: Even great value brand like-velveeta cheese works just as well!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I am glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe.

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you for the tip on the Great Value brand cheese.

  • Grey143

    Just a little update… I currently work at outback and have for several years. Their Mac

    A Roo is simply penne, name brand velveeta and milk. They used to use heavy cream but switched to milk in an effort to reduce calories for when they will become listed on the menu. The pasta is precooked in the morning and when some one orders it the pasta, milk and velveeta are put in the microwave until the ingredients can be combined. The milk and velveeta ae just eyeballed which is why there can be a big difference in the thickness of the sauce.

    Hope this clears some stuff up.

    Enjoy :)

  • Anon

    Outback Kid Mac Cheese sauce

    Portions changed over the years, but

    Equal portions(by weight)of heavy whipping cream and velveeta cheese + penne

  • Mrs. Brockman

    Delicious. My daughter can not get enough. Thanks for the recipe!

    • stephaniemanley

      So now you can save some money by making it at home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1642376909 Jessica Cohen

    This recipe is way off, the only correct item is penne pasta. A) They don’t use Velvetta B) They dont use HEAVY CREAM or any cream for that matter and B) you forgot the spices they use? Your recipe is bland

    • anna

      actually i used to work for outback and they DEFINITELY go by this exact recipe. the only thing they add is a sprinkling of parsley. you dont need to be so rude jessica cohen, didnt see you shedding any light on what you thought the real recipe was.

    • Misty Dawn

      You need to add salt to the water when you boil your penne. This will help if it seems bland. And SOME Outback restaurants will sprinkle parsley over top before serving. Outback also puts the cheese, cream, and precooked pasta into a plastic baggie, knots the top, microwaves till melted, pours onto a platter, and stirs to mix and coat evenly.

      • stephaniemanley

        Thank you for your suggestion of adding the salt to the water for when you boil the pasta.

  • Carriespellerberg

    I used to work at Outback and used to always get the Mac a Roo and Cheese! It’s amazing!!!! Fun little hint, you can possibly substitute this for a side when you order from the adult entree if you have a helpful server!!! :)

    • stephaniemanley

      Great tip! Thanks.

  • christopher deline

    Check out my blog. Just did a write up with pictures. I have been enjoying this recipe for about 8 months now. No more boxed mac and cheese for this family. I add more heavy cream. http://sahdwhateverthatmeans.blogspot.com/2012/03/easy-mac.html

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  • Carlie

    this was awesome! I used half and half and regular american cheese from the deli and it turned out so good!

  • Ccenger

    i don’t understand why so many “dupe” recipes of the Outback mac n’ cheese call for rigatoni pasta instead of penne. I prefer penne.

  • Ms. B

    The above recipe… just three items are all goes it this yummy dish! Still love it after several years working there!

    • http://www.facebook.com/emily.turner.5836 Emily Turner

      tell me your secrets…how is the blooming onion so large….its a regular onion right? or is it a gigantic mutant onion only indigenous to austrailia?

      • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

        I believe it is the type of onion they are using. For example the 1015’s and vadallia come fairly large.

  • Lola

    Just to let you know you forgot to put in Alferado cheese in it.I know this cuz the waitress told me.

  • http://butterflygenes.blogspot.com Heathahlee

    Thanks so much! My son gets this every time we go to Outback, and wishes I could make it at home. He will be so happy! : )

  • Savanna Marshall

    If you eat at Outback, you can order the mac n cheese as a side for the adult meals. I do that every time I go there. Some locations charge an extra $1.00, but more times than not, they don’t charge anything extra. Just thought I’d share. I will be trying this recipe soon.

    • Mekkie

      Not even as a side.. i’ve ordered it as a main meal multiple times. Whether or not they charge $1 more for it is up to the server at the time, so if they do you can just take it out of their tip.

      • Nikki

        Take it out of their tip? Just because they are doing their job and charging u what they are supposed to, u want them to pay for it? Ridiculous

      • Klyde32

        That is horrible. You should never take money out of a waiters tip because of a restaurant policy. I worked at Outback and we were required to charge the extra $1 for kids meals ordered by adults. Yes, a lot of times I would not charge the $1, but if I got caught, it was my a$$. I hope you understand that so next time you decide to take money from a waiter’s tip because of a policy set by the restaurant, you will think twice.
        P.S. You don’t happen to dine at Outback on Sunday’s do you?

      • Cindy

        You are ridiculous! Take it out of their tip? It isn’t our fault that our manager charges extra. If you can’t afford it, don’t order it or just stay at home!

        • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

          I think we should always tip our waitstaff well. Many of them earn non standard wages. Good servers make a meal better.

        • Riley

          Dear god relax. It’s ridiculous that you’re getting worked up over the fact that a guy may leave four dollars for a tip instead of five.

      • Ms. B

        I would like to shed some light on your comment…..since I do work at an Outback Steakhouse.

        First of all, it is not up to your server’s discretion… most of the restaurants are modern and the computer calculates the cost due to management set up.

        Second, why would you take out of anyone’s tip…. you want it… you order it… because we are accommodating the server should be rewarded not punished! That is just wrong!

      • Maddy


        You can’t take it out of their tip!!! It’s only a dollar to us, but waiters and waitresses work mostly for tips. If they give good service you shouldn’t penalize them.

  • ktx1222

    haha every time i go to outback i get the mac-a-roo-n-cheese and i am 19 years old :/

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I wished I was 19 years old too!

  • Tammy

    OMGosh! This was awesome! Thank you so much!

  • JM

    It is whipping cream, look for it in the dairy section of the grocery store, note this whipping cream is not sweetened. Stephanie

  • http://Website(optional) Roni

    this has become my family’s favorite side dish now. My VERY picky son actually requested this after having it at the restaurant, and I was glad to have found this site. THANK YOU

  • http://www.copykat.com/2010/01/22/outback-steakhouse-mac-a-roo-n-cheese-revisited/#respond lucy

    i love that ideah

  • http://DianasaurDishes.com DianasaurDishes

    This is how my mom used to make macaroni and cheese. I use real cheeses now, but every once in a while I crave some Velveeta!

  • Richard Stevens

    Love this! Anything with Velveeta is alright by me!!!