With over 570 restaurants currently in operation, there’s a good reason why Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews have achieved so much success as a franchise.
From succulent grilled burgers to thick crispy fries, they are a staple of American casual dining and have been serving patrons for over 40 years.
But despite their huge array of burgers to offer, their signature ‘Red Robin Mac and Cheese’ is still a staple of the restaurant and something that many people would love to make at home.
Today we’re going to show you how to make that very same Mac and Cheese recipe in the comfort of your home.
How to make Red Robin Mac and Cheese
One of the things that make Red Robin Mac and Cheese so beloved by Red Robin patrons is that they offer really good and simple Mac and Cheese with infinite refills for the kids.
While this recipe doesn’t come with endless refills, it’s going to have that same excellent quality that you associate with Red Robin.
There’s nothing too fancy going on ingredients-wise, which makes it ideal when you’re in a rush or need something to fill the kids up quickly.
That being said, because of its tried and true nature, there’s also plenty of space to experiment and get creative with the recipe yourself, don’t be afraid to throw in your own seasonings and spices as you see fit!
- 1 and 1/2 cups of macaroni
- 6 oz of shredded cheese (processed)
- 4 oz of shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons of heavy cream
- Salt (to taste)
Mac and Cheese is a simple dish to make and there’s nothing about Red Robin’s version in particular that makes it different.
They have opted to just make simple tried and true mac and cheese.
So it’s worth mentioning that this is a great recipe for experimentation and creativity.
Try adding different cheeses or seasonings that you think might fit well.
Fill up a pot with water and bring to a boil.
Add salt to the water, make sure to stir thoroughly so it dissolves in the water.
Add the dried macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
This should be cooked until the pasta is al dente.
That is to say, it should still be ever so slightly firm when bitten into.
An easy way to test this is to remove 1 piece of the macaroni from the pot after about 7 minutes to check its texture.
Depending on your cooking temperature you may need to cook it for a while longer, so don’t worry if you go above 10 minutes.
The final texture is more important than the cooking time!
Once the pasta is cooked to the right firmness remove the pot and drain the pasta through a colander and then pour the pasta back into the pot.
While the pasta is still hot and the heat is still on, place the now drained pasta and bowl back onto the heat.
Add the processed cheese, cheddar cheese, and cream and mix thoroughly until all the ingredients have melted together.
Finally, we can season it with a little salt and it’s now ready to serve.
Mac and Cheese is a surprisingly versatile dish to make.
Because of its simple cooking nature, there is a ton of space for ingredient substitutions and experimentation.
You can make it healthier, more creamy, saltier, the sky is the limit!
This is especially helpful if you are making the dish for anyone who is lactose intolerant and cannot use cream.
All of the listed cream substitutions can be used in a 1:1 ratio as direct replacements.
Not everyone has cream in their house, so butter is often a nice save in case you find yourself in a situation where you want to cook mac and cheese but don’t happen to have cream on hand.
2. Sour cream or cream cheese
Of course, this is not a good substitution if you are in need of a non-dairy mac and cheese alternative.
But these are fantastic if you’re looking to thicken up the sauce or give the flavor a bit more bite with that sour cream.
3. Non-dairy substitutions
There are a number of non-dairy alternatives you can use instead of cream.
This includes products such as soy milk, non-dairy cream, coconut milk, cashew milk, or even goat’s milk.
These will result in a slightly different texture and taste, but this is all part of the fun. Experiment to find what works for you and what your preferred flavor is!
What to serve with Red Robin Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese can often remind us of our childhood when we used to eat this quick and simple food while watching TV after school.
The simplicity of this dish means there’s a lot of room to explore with its flavor pallet, whether that’s adding additional condiments or serving it alongside some side dishes.
There’s plenty you can do to keep Mac and Cheese interesting.
Let’s explore a few options.
Nothing complements that dark red BBQ sauce better than the golden shade of pasta.
It’s going to turn your simple mac and cheese dish into a hearty feast that will keep you warm and full during those winter months.
Keeping up with the quick and easy theme of Mac and Cheese, stirring up some simple meatballs with some ketchup or spicy sauce on can serve as a perfect complement.
Meatballs are a great match for any kind of pasta so you can be sure it’ll work great with Red Robin Mac and Cheese.
On the other hand, if you’re not looking to turn it into a hearty dish for the winter months, you can complement it with a cold side dish.
The tang of the dressing and crunch of the fresh vegetables will complement the high carb and rich flavor of the mac and cheese.
Not so much as a side dish, but you can add some chili flakes or sauce directly to the mac and cheese to boost its flavor to the next level.
It’s a match made in heaven and is guaranteed to give your mac and cheese that extra kick.
How to reheat Red Robin Mac and Cheese
When you’re hungry and are whipping up some quick mac and cheese, it can be easy to make too much.
Luckily, it’s very easy to both store and reheats. Here’s how to do it.
How to reheat Red Robin Mac and Cheese in a pot
Whether you’re reheating from frozen or from refrigeration, there’s no need to mess around here.
Throw everything into a pot and heat over medium heat.
Keep stirring and beating it with a wooden spoon.
You can also add a touch of butter or cheese again if it’s looking a little dry.
If you don’t want to add any more fats, you can simply throw in a splash of water to prevent dryness.
In that case, you may want to taste it and see if it needs a little more salt accordingly.
How to reheat Red Robin Mac and Cheese in a microwave
By far the quickest way to reheat mac and cheese.
Just throw it in the microwave for 1 minute, take it out and stir.
If it’s not hot enough yet throw it in for another 30 seconds and you’re done.
How to reheat Red Robin Mac and Cheese in the oven
Simply place in an oven-proof casserole dish and reheat at 350°F for 10 minutes.
If you wish for a crusty and little brownish texture on top, you can set your oven on ventilation for the last couple of minutes.
How to reheat Red Robin Mac and Cheese in the air fryer
Load any leftover mac and cheese into the fryer and reheat for 8 minutes at 320°F.
Feel free to add extra cheese, butter, or simply water, so it doesn’t dry out.
How to store Red Robin Mac and Cheese
If you need to store any leftover Mac and Cheese you can do so for up to 5 days. Just make sure no air can get to it.
Store in the fridge
Once the mac and cheese has fully cooled, place it in an air-tight container or into a dish/bowl and cover with cling wrap.
Place in the fridge and it will keep for 3 to 5 days.
Store in the freezer
If you need to keep it for longer than 3 days you can (once the ingredients are cool) place them in a ziplock back or freezer-safe container and freeze for several months.
When reheating from frozen there’s no need to defrost it.
Red Robin Mac And Cheese Recipe
- 1 bowl
- 1 Skillet
- 1 1/2 cups macaroni
- 6 oz shredded cheese processed
- 4 oz shredded Cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- TT salt
- Fill up a pot with water and bring to a boil.
- Add salt to the water, make sure to stir thoroughly so it dissolves in the water.
- Add the dried macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. This should be cooked until the pasta is al dente.
- Once the pasta is cooked to the right firmness remove the pot and drain the pasta through a colander and then pour the pasta back into the pot.
- While the pasta is still hot and the heat is still on, place the now drained pasta and bowl back onto the heat.
- Add the processed cheese, cheddar cheese, and cream and mix thoroughly until all the ingredients have melted together.
- Finally, we can season it with a little salt and it’s now ready to serve.
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