Longhorn Steakhouse Mac and Cheese

Longhorn Steakhouse Mac and Cheese is a long requested recipe from many of my viewers, and I want to show you how to prepare this wonderfully cheesy and smoky dish that you will love.

Homemade copycat Steakhouse Macaroni and Cheese in two bowls and a baking dish.

I don’t know what it is about Macaroni and Cheese it is a very popular dish, grown-ups and kids alike all love this cheesy pasta dish. What makes the Longhorn Steakhouse’s recipe so special is the 4 cheese blend, and they also top it with a little bit of crumbled bacon and some crispy panko breadcrumbs. It is hard to beat this side dish.

This recipe isn’t your everyday recipe, it certainly is something extra special. It contains four different types of cheeses. These cheeses give this dish a very special flavor.

You will need Gruyere, White Cheddar, Parmesan, and Fontina. This combination of cheeses helps to make a creamy blend that a velvet-like texture and rich flavor. For me, Fontina can be the harder cheese to find, most larger grocery stores will carry Fontina in their Deli section. I have to say that I think it is really important to use the cheeses as written in the recipe.

Homemade copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Macaroni and Cheese in a red baking dish.

The smoked flavor comes from the smoked paprika. I like the flavor of smoked paprika. In fact, it is one of my favorite chili coffee rubs I like to use for barbeque. If you have never tried it, it is a sprinkle of smoky goodness that you can use on eggs, in chili, and it is wonderful in deviled eggs, so it another ingredient you will love.

This recipe is pretty easy to put together, I will say it doesn’t reheat super well, so if you can’t consume all of it in one setting you can always just serve up as much as you need. I would keep the cheese sauce in a different container than the pasta so that the pasta doesn’t soak up all of the sauce.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for the Longhorn Steakhouse Mac and cheese.

Homemade copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Macaroni and Cheese in a spoon and small bowl.

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Homemade copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Macaroni and Cheese in a spoon and small orange bowl.

Longhorn Steakhouse Mac and Cheese

You can't beat this macaroni and cheese it takes just like the Longhorn Steakhouse's version.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Longhorn Steakhouse
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 468kcal


  • 1 pound cavatappi pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 ounces Gruyere cheese shredded
  • 8 ounces white Cheddar shredded
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 4 ounces Fontina cheese shredded
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 pieces bacon cooked crispy and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs


  • Prepare pasta according to the package directions. Heat together in a large saucepan 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of flour over medium heat. Cook until the roux becomes fragrant. 
  • Add 1/2 cup of half and half and stir until sauce thickens. Add 1/2 cup of half and half when the sauce thickens, and then add final 1 cup of half and half and stir until the sauce becomes thick. Add cheeses to sauce slowly stirring until the cheese is blended. Sprinkle in smoked paprika. 
  • Mix pasta and sauce, and pour into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Top macaroni and cheese with crumbled bacon and panko breadcrumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until panko breadcrumbs begins to brown.



Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 361mg | Iron: 1.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Christine

    This is a great recipe, I have made it consistently and it always works with half and half. I have a lot of leftover milk though and I am wondering will it work with 2% milk instead or will it be too runny?

  2. Momma D

    5 stars
    I haven’t tried this yet because the waitress at the longhorn gave me different cheeses. With that said, SHAME ON ALL OF THE NEGATIVE NELLIES who have insulted Stephanie for various reasons, without cause in some cases. I pity every one of you who can’t find joy in anything and must pass on your misery to a complete stranger from the safety of your computer. Go back to Facebook and do your trolling there please so the rest of us can continue to thank this wonderful woman for all her hard work. Rant over, back to the store for gruyere and Fontana….

  3. Maura pinto

    Hi, I made this recipe tonight for dinner and, everyone loved it!! Ty!! I followed the directions as stated. My dish was a little dry. What do you suggest I add more of? The half and half? Or do you cover it when you bake it to retain moisture? Thanks so much!! Loved it!!!🤩

  4. Whitney

    3 stars
    I’m so sorry I am only giving this a 3 start as I wanted this to work so bad and it’s probably not your recipe that is not good. I could not find fontina cheese anywhere near me and was told smoked gouda would be an ok replacement. I also had my oven on 375 degrees because I had something else cooking and I put it in about 12+ min n kept checking it. The recipe did call for only 350 degrees for 20 min but between the cheese and the temp and cooking time would this have made my recipe so far from the “Long Horn Steakhouse” recipe it was trying to mimic?

    Anyway thank you for posting the recipe!

    • Stephanie Manley

      Thank you for the generous 3 stars. I really do write the recipes with intention, I can’t account for different cooking methods and ingredients that I didn’t specifically test for. I am sorry you weren’t happier with the recipe.

  5. S. Adams

    5 stars
    Fabulous recipe. I have made this a few times and my husband says it’s better than Longhorns. The next time he had Longhorns after eating this he said he was disappointed. Lol. I do add a little garlic to mine at the roux stage as well as the bacon. That is not to say your recipe is not good! I just always add my own little something to make it mine. Thanks for putting this out there!

  6. Garry

    Your nutrition facts are pretty useless without a serving size. I know there’s 10 servings but really, how big are they?

  7. Lacey Hamilton

    2 stars
    This wasn’t like the longhorn macaroni at all, it was pretty bland :/ I think it would be good to add some garlic somewhere in here. Kinda disappointing because we were excited to eat this lol. We liked the longhorn one so much. Sorry, this one just missed the mark.

  8. Rachel

    5 stars
    Hey there!! If I make too much sauce and want to save it in the refrigerator for future use, do you have any specific instructions for reheating it? Will the cheese/flour sauce be just as good if kept in the refrigerator for a couple of days before using? Thank you so much for this recipe and detailed instructions!!!

  9. Diz

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! I’ve been looking for a kid friendly pot luck dish, so this would be perfect.

    Any special instructions if I want to make ahead of time and keep in fridge or freezer unbake?


  10. Jameson

    4 stars
    Good work, very close to the original. Only hiccup is your breadcrumb topping. It’s not panko breading 😉
    You’ll need garlic, butter, french bread, an oven, and a few minutes with a hammer or rolling pin

    Also, try putting in the bacon with the roux. The cheese sauce you’ve created will absorb the oil from the bacon, giving it that distinguished steakhouse lavoring you’d find in Longhorn’s Steakhouse Mac.

  11. Diane

    This recipe is not even close to the mac and cheese at the Salt Grass Steak house in San Antonio, TX. Their’s was to die for, this one is not.

    • Stephanie

      Well, this recipe was for Longhorn Steakhouse, not the Salt Grass. I apologize if I put something in there to imply this recipe also worked for the Salt Grass Version.

    • D. Iovino

      Perhaps you should read before you comment. Nowhere does this say anything about Salt Grass.

      This woman does an amazing job at what she does. Sounds to me like you’re one of those who love to make negative comments yet you probably have no clue how to cook ????

    • Stephanie Manley

      Barb, I am confused the ingredients are in the blue box.

      1 pound cavatappi pasta
      2 tablespoons butter
      2 tablespoons flour
      2 cups half and half
      2 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
      8 ounces white Cheddar, shredded
      2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese , shredded
      4 ounces Fontina cheese, shredded
      1 teaspoon smoked paprika
      4 pieces bacon cooked crispy and crumbled
      1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

  12. greg

    2 quibbles.
    1. The four cheeses aren’t really needed.. the parm and fontina could go away unmissed.
    2. the video doesn’t match the recipe as written which is very frustrating.

  13. jwkmom

    love this mac and cheese, making it onthe weekend, also will making smaller amount, i am unable to eat so much, I use whatever pasta I happen to have available…

  14. Alecia Allred

    5 stars
    Stephanie thank you so much for the great recipe! I have never been to longhorns but my so raves about their Mac and cheese. I tried making it on my own based on what my 15 yr old described to me lol. It was good but NOTHING like longhorn’s he said. Then I saw your recipe. My son thought I bought it put it in a pan and tried to pass it off as homemade. Lol 6 teen boys devoured it in 10 min flat and didn’t eat the rest of the dinner I made to go with it. Thanks again you made me a hero! Look forward to more from you!

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