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This used to be one of my favorite dishes at Outback when I wasn't in the mood for steak, but sadly it's been taken off the menu. Fortunately, I found this recipe before that happened and was able to verify that it matches the Outback version very closely.

In other words: It's delicious. The ketchup seems like a weird addition (and I hate ketchup), but it gives the sauce the right color and a little hint of tomato product without changing the fact that it's a cream sauce. For best taste, make sure you use a good quality mushroom like the suggested baby portobellos (cremini) mushrooms.

Many thanks for posting up this recipe! I just had our annual crawfish boil this weekend, and I've already got the leftover crawfish tails slated for a batch of Toowoomba pasta. ;)

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Zhukov May 20, 2012

Absolutely wonderful!! Entire family loved it. Thank you for taking the time to share this recipe with us.

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triddles March 13, 2015

Had outback just last week and had the toowoomba sauce and it was so addicting so I'm Def going to try this copy cat . The only thing that has me a bit nervous is when I read the recipe it says that most of the cream will boil down to a dark orange colour in which the one at outback was white and small tinge of yellow/orange. How can I keep it to that colour rather then the dark orange??? Thanks ever so much for this recipe and looking forward to any suggestions and or advice that would come from someone on the inside of outback steakhouse to help. From missy

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Missy B. October 19, 2014

I am from Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Thanks to the creator of this recipe, I just found out about this dish, and I have to say, I am really amazed. Why the heck is it named after Toowoomba? Our town has absolutely no connection to pasta. Actually, most people who settled around here were of German decent, so if anything, I would expect a German dish named after us. We aren't really associated with prawns (shrimp) either, as we aren't really close to the coast and good quality prawns are usually expensive. Also, Toowoomba is not even in the "outback"... it's a city in south east Queensland, only a small drive away from Brisbane. Many of us that live here have never even been to the outback... It's as much of a mystery to us as it is to you guys. Our food isn't really any more exotic than what American food is either. It's kind of ironic, because we used to have a Texan steakhouse in our town, and over there, you guys are eating "Outback" steak. I must thank the creator of this dish for making me aware of Outback Steakhouse. It gave me a great laugh.

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Nichola S. June 28, 2014

Probably my MOST favorite recipe! Loaded with fat and calories but WELL worth the occasional splurge. This actually makes 6 to 8 good size servings, and best of all, it heats back up in the microwave the next day and still tastes delicious!!

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cindy86488 April 11, 2013

I agree, too SPICY, but it was EXCELLENT!! just as great as outback's! for those who doesnt like too spicy food, you should only use 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper,because with 3/4 it was still too spicy for my taste. those who do like spicy food you can go with 3/4. Im really thrilled about this recipie. GREATTT

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margarita_gg04 February 16, 2010

I love the resturaunts version so i decided to try and make this one. It was wonderful better than i could ever have hoped for. My husband liked this one better than Outbacks, but i thought they were just about exact.

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daye101 June 02, 2009

The recipe is great. I did get a tip from a friend at Outback. They sautee the shrimp and crawfish in butter and garlic.

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ord2koa March 14, 2009

This is awesome!! I will use a little less cayenne peeper next time, but it was really good. I really did think it was better than Outback as well.

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mjkurth October 01, 2008
Outback Steakhouse Toowoomba Pasta Copycat Recipe