Just Like California Pizza Kitchen Mac & Cheese

"My family loves the macaroni and cheese at California Pizza Kitchen, so I tinkered around and came pretty close to it. Enjoy!"
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  • Cook pasta in boiling water for 10 - 12 minutes until al dente.
  • Meanwhile, cut the Velveeta into cubes and add it to the cream and butter in a large saucepan over low heat, stirring often.
  • Drain pasta well and add to Velveeta mixture and gently mix to coat.

Questions & Replies

  1. how many calories


  1. Both of my kids love the Mac n cheese at CPK. I found this recipe online and made it for 5 kids ranging from 2-8 Yrs old. for a sleepover that they had. They ate the entire pound of pasta. They couldn't get enough of it. My kids said it tastes just like CPK's. Fast, easy, and tasty.
  2. Found this recipe online a few years ago looking for a copycat to CPKs mac & cheese. My family absolutely loved it!! It’s been our go-to ever since! You can keep that powdered cheese boxed stuff…this is so easy and delicious, it’s worth making any time!!
  3. Absolutely amazing recipe! If you make it step by step, it turns out near identical to CPK (if not better). Recently, I've began adding 1 cup of cheddar and then baking it in a dish covered in more cheddar. Adds a little more sophistication and is SO good! Will continue to make this recipe at least once a week.
  4. So good! It tastes very similar to the CPK macaroni and cheese and simple to make!
  5. Just like theirs and So easy! A real winner!


  1. For a more sophisticated, baked mac and cheese, follow these steps: Let mac and cheese cool until warm and add 1 cup shredded cheddar. Put into a buttered dish and cover top with shredded cheddar Cover top with tinfoil (butter it to prevent sticking) Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees ferenheit Let cool for 10 minutes to set Enjoy! This will result in a delicious, cheesy outcome and the cheddar adds a whole new dimension. Perfect base recipe and I will continue finding new ways to tweak it for more creative outcomes.


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