Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo and Cheese

Who says mac & cheese is only for kids!  This Copycat Outback Steakhouse Mac-A-Roo is so popular, it’s a mac and cheese recipe that is always asked about and requested. And it only takes about 30 minutes to make at home.

Homemade copycat Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo and cheese in a bowl.

Why Copycat Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo and Cheese is so good

What sets this mac and cheese recipe apart is the heavy cream.  It’s made with heavy cream instead of milk, although you can use milk if you want.  But the heavy cream is what makes this recipe so creamy. I have also made it with half-and-half and whole milk with great results.

If you have ever been to the Outback Steakhouse you have noticed this recipe is only on the children’s menu but why should children have all of the fun? When I order takeout, I will always add an order of their Mac a Roo so I can have it at home.  It’s that good.

Ingredients for the Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo and cheese.

Let’s Get Cooking – Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo is so simple to make. You basically need to cook pasta and add Velveeta cheese and heavy cream.

Here’s exactly what you need:

  • 2 pounds Penne Pasta
  • 8 ounces Velveeta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream

That’s it!  You will love this recipe as much as your kids do.

Homemade copycat Outback Steakhouse Mac-A-Roo and Cheese in a stainless steel pan.


  • If you pick up a block of Velveeta cheese, make sure you cut it into small pieces to make it easier to melt in the saucepan.
  • While melting the cheese and heavy cream together, keep the heat on low.  You will not want this to boil or burn.
  • Make a big batch of the Mac A Roo N Cheese– it will never go to waste and it re-heats nicely for other meals.

What to Serve with Mac A Roo

Let’s face it, mac ‘n cheese goes with just about everything. Pair it with burgers or fried chicken or even eat it all by itself. There isn’t a main dish you can’t serve this Mac A Roo with.

a bowl of homemade Outback Mac a Roo with Cheese

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Homemade copycat Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo and Cheese in a bowl.

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo

You don't have to be embarrassed to order off the kids menu anymore, you can make your own copycat recipe for Copycat Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Outback Steakhouse Recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 339kcal


  • 2 cups dry penne pasta
  • 8 ounce Velveeta cheese cut into small pieces
  • 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.


Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • If you pick up a block of Velveeta cheese, make sure you cut it into small pieces to make it easier to melt in the saucepan.
  • While melting the cheese and heavy cream together, keep the heat on low.  You will not want this to boil or burn.
  • Make a big batch of the Mac A Roo -- it will never go to waste and it re-heats nicely for other meals.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 912mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 995IU | Calcium: 351mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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About Stephanie

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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Reader Interactions


  1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. Anon

    Outback Kid Mac Cheese sauce

    Portions changed over the years, but

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

  4. 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.

    • Ca2jarman

      5 stars
      Actually YES it is. My husband was a proprietor at an outback. This is the KIDS MAC RECIPE, This is NOT the steakhouse Mac and cheese recipe for adults… So research before you get on a high horse and act rude, it’s a long drop off that pedestal you put yourself on Jessica Cohen

  5. 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!!! 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. Ms. B

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

    • Staci

      I so agree with you about Alfredo. Just had their mac n too for the first time and there’s got to be more than Velvet cheese in there. There’s a flavor I’m unable to pin point. Hmmm…

  8. 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!

      • 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.

  9. JM

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

  10. 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

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