Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup

If you have never tried the Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup, you are missing a creamy bowl of soup. This is a creamy onion soup that is hearty and filling. This is a perfect soup for a cold winter day when you want something a little hearty.

Homemade copycat Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup in a bowl.

Making the Famous Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup

Unfortunately, the Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup has gone on a walkabout from Outback Steakhouse. If you’ve been disappointed when they removed it from their menu, you can recreate this soup while staying at home.

About the Walkabout

The walkabout belongs to the Australian Aborigines. It was a cultural rite of passage in which young Aborigines between the ages of ten and sixteen undertook a journey to help transform them into adults.

This journey could last for up to six months, and the participant had to live and survive all alone in the Australian wilderness.

Only those youngsters who had proven themselves mentally and physically ready were allowed to proceed with the walkabout, and the tribal elders decided who should go.


Here’s what you need for this creamy onion soup:

  • Sweet Yellow Onions
  • Butter
  • Chicken Broth
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Chicken Bouillion Cubes
  • All-purpose Flour
  • Milk
  • Velveeta Cheese

I like to use Walla onions, but if you can’t find them you could use 1015 onions or any other kind of sweet onion. I find that white onions also work well for this recipe.

Ingredients for homemade copycat Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup

How to Make Outback Walkabout Soup

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, place butter and sliced onions. Cook at low to medium heat, stirring frequently until onions are soft and clear but not brown.
  2. Add chicken broth, chicken bouillon cubes, salt, and pepper. Stir until completely heated through.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter and add flour. Cook on medium heat until the flour turns thick and comes away from the side of the saucepan.
  4. Pour milk into the flour mixture a little at a time and stir constantly. Add salt.
  5. Continue to stir constantly until the mixture thickens and becomes like thick pudding.
  6. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use for the soup.
  7. Add thickened flour mixture (white sauce) and Velveeta cheese to the onion-broth mixture.
  8. Simmer on medium-low heat until the cheese is melted and all ingredients are blended, stirring constantly.
  9. Turn temperature to warm and let cook for an additional 30 to 45 minutes.

How to Cut the Salt

You may want to use low sodium products when making this recipe, as between the chicken bouillon and the Velveeta cheese this soup may become too salty for some.

You can also use unsalted butter and low-sodium chicken broth. I always like to undersalt slightly when cooking because I can always adjust the seasoning after the fact.

Recipe Tip

You want to make sure your sauce gets hot enough while you are in the roux stage. It needs the heat to get going. Sometimes if you are too timid on the heat, it won’t get thick enough.

Anytime when making a roux and your ratio is right, but it isn’t coming together, just kick up the heat a bit. It will do the trick.

No Longer on the Menu – But this Soup Remains Tasty

This was one of my favorite soups from Outback Steakhouse. The Walkabout Soup is not only easy to make but has just a few simple ingredients. So, you won’t be running out to the store to make this soup.

This recipe makes four small portions which are the perfect starters to a meal. It may become your “go-to” soup, and every last drop will get enjoyed.

Homemade copycat Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup in a bowl next to sliced bread.

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Homemade copycat Outback Walkabout Soup in a bowl in front of sliced wheat bread.

Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup

Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup has been removed from the Outback Steakhouse menu, but you can recreate this soup at home. 
4.95 from 40 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Outback Steakhouse Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 297kcal


  • 6 tablespoon butter divided use
  • 2 cups thinly sliced sweet yellow onions
  • 14.5 ounces chicken broth
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt divided use
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup Velveeta cheese
  • Shredded cheddar cheese to garnish
  • Dark Russian bread to serve


  • Place 3 tablespoons of butter and the onions in a 2-quart saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and translucent but have not browned. Add the chicken broth, bouillon cubes, pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and stir until heated through.
  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook until it thickens and comes away from the sides of the saucepan. Add the milk a little at a time, stirring constantly. Then add 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Keep stirring to prevent any lumps from forming as the mixture thickens to the consistency of thick pudding. Remove from the heat and set aside until ready to use.
  • Transfer the contents of the smaller saucepan to the larger saucepan along with the Velveeta cheese. Simmer on medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the cheese melts and all the ingredients are blended. Turn the temperature to warm and cook for an additional 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Serve with a garnish of shredded cheddar cheese and a few slices of warm, dark Russian bread.



Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1213mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 820IU | Vitamin C: 13.1mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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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