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Copycat Cheesecake Factory Mac and Cheese is a great comfort food side dish.

Cheesecake Factory Mac and Cheese Recipe

This Cheesecake Factory Mac and Cheese Recipe is the ultimate comfort food! Inspired by one of my favorite dishes at The Cheesecake Factory, this recipe is loaded with 4 different types of cheese mixed with butter, half and half and spices.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword copycat recipe, macaroni and cheese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 414 kcal


  • 1 16- ounce package elbow macaroni prepared
  • ½ cup shredded gouda cheese
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Velveeta cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups half and half
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cups breadcrumbs mixed with 2 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9x13 baking dish by greasing with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine all the cheeses in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook until bubbly and browned, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour in the half and half and reduce heat. Simmer until sauce begins to thicken, stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  6. Stir in ¾ of the cheese mixture until well combined and melted. Pour cheese sauce over the top of the prepared macaroni noodles.
  7. Spread the noodle mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  8. Top with remaining cheese.
  9. Spread the breadcrumb and butter mixture over the top of the casserole.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, until sauce is bubbly and breadcrumbs are golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Although these tweaks will certainly take this recipe away from the dish that inspired it, there are always tons of fun things you can do with Mac and Cheese! For instance, you could get some nice and crispy bacon to put in with the cheese. Or you could sub one of the cheeses out for Pepper Jack cheese to give it a little extra kick! 

Nutrition Facts
Cheesecake Factory Mac and Cheese Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 414
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.