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Copy Cat Cheesecake Factory Fried Macaroni and Cheese

Copy cat cheesecake factory fried macaroni and cheese. This fried mac and cheese recipe tastes just like what you get as an appetizer at The Cheesecake Factory.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword fried mac and cheese
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 303kcal
Author Lauren


  • 1 pound elbow Macaroni
  • 1 pound block cheddar Cheese
  • 4 ounces block cream cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese just to sprinkle on top
  • 1 Jar tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Prepare pasta according to box and drain, add back into pot
  • Chop up the cheddar cheese and the cream cheese into cubes
  • Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese and pasta till the cheese is melted and coats the pasta. Let cool until you can use your hands with it.
  • Form pasta into balls and put in the freezer on baking sheet lined with wax paper for 2-3 hours (until they are completely frozen)
  • Have 1 bowl of bread crumbs and 1 bowl with 2-3 eggs mixed with a little bit of milk
  • Take frozen mac and cheese balls and dip in milk/egg mixture then into bread crumbs do this 2 times for each mac and cheese ball
  • After you have coated all the mac and cheese balls it is time to fry them. I used my deep fryer set at 350 and they took 3-5 minutes per batch
  • Once they are done being fried(they will be a dark brown color) put a spoon full of sauce on the bottom of a plate, place mac and cheese balls on top of sauce, spoon a little bit of sauce on top if you like extra sauce and sprinkle with shredded cheese.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Calcium: 299mg | Iron: 1.2mg