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. Caroline heminway

    5 stars
    I love this recipe so much! I have made a least 4 times. The smoked paprika makes it very delicious. I mix melted butter with the bread crumbs.

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