California Pizza Kitchen Curly Mac N’ Cheese Kids Menu Recipe

California Pizza Kitchen Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Out of sheer convenience and cost, I wanted to find a way to recreate California Pizza Kitchen Curly Mac N’ Cheese, and I am so excited that I discovered the {real} copycat recipe that is served on the Kids Menu! Knox absolutely loves California Pizza Kitchen and we go there at least once a week so that he can get his favorite Macaroni and Cheese fix! He is always begging to go to what he renamed “Palm Tree Cafe” at the age of three and could truly eat there every day if we allowed it.  California Pizza Kitchen Macaroni and Cheese Recipe California Pizza Kitchen Macaroni and Cheese RecipeLet me preface this by saying, CPK’s sales will not suffer from knowing this! We go there so much that the staff knows us by name and have our order’s memorized. They also certainly always can be prepared that Knox will still be getting the Mac N’ Cheese with no edamame. Even after I made this at home for him two times this week we went to CPK after church on Sunday and I was sure he would order the Pepperoni Pizza. Nope, he was still not sick of it and ordered the Macaroni and Cheese! California Pizza Kitchen Macaroni and Cheese RecipeI went on Google and Pinterest and did my research to find the exact copycat recipe. The first attempt was not an exact recreation, because one recipe called for half and half and one said Rotini noodles. Even with such small variations, Knox knew the difference and was not a fan. So, I went to YouTube and attempted the second version that I found by one of their chef’s when I realized it needed heavy whipping cream and fusilli noodles!After speaking with the General Manager at our favorite CPK, he confirmed that this was in fact the recipe and after making it, I could not believe how simple it is. It left me shaking my head at how all this time I could have been making it at home instead of making special curbside trips to CPK just for Knox.California Pizza Kitchen Macaroni and Cheese Recipe California Pizza Kitchen Macaroni and Cheese Recipe This is the creamiest Macaroni and Cheese recipe and uses just five ingredients and two you can even leave out! Fred loves it just as much as Knox does and I have had friends tell me they order it off the kids menu for themselves, because it’s THAT good. We always end up sneaking a bite or three off Knox’s plate, too!

If your kids love California Pizza Kitchen Macaroni and Cheese as much as Knox does, or if you have never experienced this creamy goodness, do yourself a favor and make this tonight! You and your kids will love it! And the next time you’re dining there don’t forget about the decadent ice cream sundaes that are only $.99! They are also a favorite of Knox’s! It was clown day at school this afternoon when we stopped in, hence the rosy red cheeks! California Pizza Kitchen Macaroni and Cheese Recipe California Pizza Kitchen Macaroni and Cheese RecipeThey also have a cookbook with some of their best selling plates and I can’t wait to recreate Fred’s favorite Jambalaya pasta and my favorite the lettuce wraps! Here’s to restaurants that we love sharing our favorite recipes that we can recreate at home! Also, make sure to check out our favorite Crockpot Mac and Cheese recipe that makes an amazing side dish for gatherings! I hope you love CPK’s Curly Mac ‘N’ Cheese as much as we do!

California Pizza Kitchen Curly Mac 'N' Cheese

This rich and creamy Mac and Cheese is one of the best ever! Thanks CPK!
Author California Pizza Kitchen


  • 1 8 oz. block Velveeta Original, cubed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 16 oz. box fusilli pasta 1 lb.
  • 1 tablespoon butter optional


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Heat whipping cream and cheese together in saucepan over medium heat until melted.
  3. Stir in pasta until well combined.
  4. Serve with edamame if desired.

Recipe Notes

The real CPK recipe uses milk mixed into the whipping cream, but for the sake of easiness and getting the measurements exact I omitted it. Feel free to add milk and subtract some cream and whip, before melting with cheese!

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    March 22, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Thank you Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer.custom writings

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