Longhorn Steakhouse Mac and Cheese (CopyCat)

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Looking for a fun and easy copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Mac and Cheese recipe? Look no further! This dish is perfect for a weekend night with friends or family. It’s simple to make and can be enjoyed by all. In just about 30 minutes, you can enjoy creamy and cheesy mac and cheese perfection!

steakhouse mac and cheese featured image.

This recipe is easy to follow and only takes a few minutes to prepare. The sauce is creamy and cheesy, and the pasta is perfectly cooked.

There are many reasons to love baked macaroni and cheese. It is a classic comfort food that is simple to make and always delicious.

The sauce can be made with a variety of different cheeses, making it a versatile dish that can be tailored to your taste. It is also a great dish to serve for a crowd!

Ingredients

This copycat Longhorn steakhouse mac and cheese recipe is just what you need to impress your family and friends. This dish is easy to make, yet it tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen. The recipe calls for simple ingredients that are likely already in your pantry.

  • Cavatappi pasta has a ribbed corkscrew shape that makes this dish look more decadent.
  • Cheese is the key ingredient for the sauce! A blend of gruyere cheese, fontina cheese, cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese is used.
  • Half and half makes a richer cream sauce by providing more fat than the standard milk based sauce.
  • Flour is used to make a roux sauce base.
  • Panko breadcrumbs add a crispy coating to the top of the dish.
  • Butter is needed to grease the baking dish, make the roux, and blend into the breadcrumbs.
  • Bacon adds more flavor and crunch to the top of the casserole.
  • Seasoning is provided with a little bit of smoked paprika and ground black pepper.
ingredients for longhorn steakhouse mac and cheese recipe.

Note: The full list of ingredients with amounts used is in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Instructions

This CopyCat Longhorn Steakhouse Mac and Cheese Recipe is easy to follow and will have you feeling like a culinary genius! The recipe yields a rich and creamy sauce that coats every noodle. The best part is, this mac and cheese can be made in about a half hour!

Prepare oven, pasta, and baking dish

If your pasta isn’t pre-cooked, you’ll need to boil salted water and allow the noodles to cook until al dente. While the pasta cooks, preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13-inch pan with butter.

brushing melted butter on bottom of casserole pan.

Make cheese sauce

Butter and flour are combined first for the roux based sauce.

melted butter and flour in pot before whisking.

Half and half is then added to the sauce slowly stirring until the mixture bubbles and thickens over medium heat.

Once removed from the heat, the cheese and spices are stirred in.

adding the cheese and spices to flour butter mixture.

When the cheese is completely melted, the cooked and drained pasta is then mixed in.

adding pasta to the cheese sauce.

The cheese coated pasta is then spread into the greased baking pan.

spreading mac and cheese pasta mixture into buttered casserole pan.

The panko bread crumbs are combined with butter in a small bowl and then sprinkled over the pasta mixture.

adding breadcrumbs to top of macaroni mixture.

Finely chopped cooked bacon is sprinkled over the bread crumbs.

adding crumbled bacon to the top.

The dish is then baked until the topping is golden brown, about twenty minuts.

Tips

  • Cook the pasta al dente in salted boiling water according to the package directions.
  • Gently heat the half and half to make sure it doesn’t boil. The milk can burn easily so whisk it continuously as it heats up.
  • Add the grated cheese in stages. Let each batch of cheese melt before adding in the next one.
  • Top the casserole with additional cheese. There’s no need to be light on the cheese. Make the top extra gooey by sprinkling on your favorite grated cheese on top.

Serving suggestions

Steakhouse mac and cheese is the perfect side dish for any meal! It goes will with an air fryer roast beef or marinated chicken.

baked steakhouse mac and cheese in white casserole pan.

FAQs

What is the difference between steakhouse mac and cheese and regular mac and cheese?

The key difference between steakhouse mac and cheese and regular mac and cheese is the quality of the ingredients. Steakhouse mac and cheese uses higher quality, more expensive ingredients, such as gruyere cheese, whereas regular mac and cheese typically uses cheaper ingredients, such as cheddar cheese.

How many calories are in Longhorn mac and cheese?

There are about 610 calories in a typical serving of Longhorn mac and cheese. The dish is high in saturated fat and sodium, so it’s best to enjoy it only occasionally.

What is steakhouse mac and cheese made with?

The cheese sauce for steakhouse mac and cheese is made with a blend of gruyere, cheddar, fontina, and parmesan cheeses.

steakhouse mac and cheese in casserole pan and white plate.

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Longhorn Steakhouse Mac and Cheese

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked mac and cheese, steakhouse mac and cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 607kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Cavatappi pasta cooked and drained
  • 6 tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2/3 cup Gruyere cheese shredded
  • 2/3 cup Fontina cheese shredded
  • 2/3 cup Cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices bacon cooked until crisp and crumpled into bits
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large pot (large enough to hold sauce and pasta) over medium heat. Whisk in flour to combine. Cook for 1 minute stirring constantly to make a roux. Slowly whisk in half and half. Keep whisking and cooking until mixture bubbles and thickens. It should be the consistency of pancake batter, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat.
  • Stir in cheeses and spices. Mix until cheeses are completely melted.
  • Fold pasta into cheese sauce. Toss to coat.
  • Pour mac and cheese mixture into buttered baking dish. Spread smooth.
  • Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Mix melted butter into breadcrumbs.
  • Top mac n cheese with buttered breadcrumbs and crumpled bacon bits.
  • Bake 20 minutes until breadcrumbs are golden brown.

Notes

Cook the pasta al dente in salted boiling water according to the package directions.
Gently heat the half and half to make sure it doesn’t boil. The milk can burn easily so whisk it continuously as it heats up.
Add the grated cheese in stages. Let each batch of cheese melt before adding in the next one.
Top the casserole with additional cheese. There’s no need to be light on the cheese. Make the top extra gooey by sprinkling on your favorite grated cheese on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 350mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 887IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 468mg | Iron: 2mg
By on May 20th, 2022

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