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Product Review: Banza Deluxe Rich & Creamy Cheddar Elbows

Product Review: Banza Deluxe Rich & Creamy Cheddar Elbows - Mac & Cheese Chick

Banza recently came out with several boxed mac and cheeses, and when they contacted me to see if I’d like to give them a try, I was thrilled!

Banza Deluxe Rich & Creamy Cheddar Elbows - Mac & Cheese Chick

Not only was I interested in trying chickpea pasta, I also loved the fact that each of their mac and cheeses was gluten free, high fiber, soy free, non GMO, low glycemic index and rBST free.

Banza Deluxe Rich & Creamy Cheddar Elbows - Mac & Cheese Chick

Banza’s deluxe mac and cheese gives you twice the protein, four times the fiber, and fewer net carbs than your average mac and cheese. I call that a win-win for everyone.

Banza Deluxe Rich & Creamy Cheddar Elbows - Mac & Cheese Chick

The best part? It’s a deluxe version of their mac and cheese so there are no additional ingredients to worry about. Everything you need is already in the box: chickpea elbows and a pouch of cheddar sauce.

Banza Deluxe Rich & Creamy Cheddar Elbows - Mac & Cheese Chick

I cooked the pasta according to the directions on the package, then drained the pasta.

Banza Deluxe Rich & Creamy Cheddar Elbows - Mac & Cheese Chick

After adding the pasta back to the pan, I squeezed out the gooey cheese sauce and stirred for a bit.

Banza Deluxe Rich & Creamy Cheddar Elbows - Mac & Cheese Chick

All the happy memories of childhood without the guilt! I’m in!

Banza Deluxe Rich & Creamy Cheddar Elbows - Mac & Cheese Chick

The mac and cheese has a nice creamy cheddar tang – not too much, but it kept it from being bland. The texture and overall taste mimic traditional wheat pasta. I give it four enthusiastic elbows up!

Banza Deluxe Rich & Creamy Cheddar Elbows - Mac & Cheese Chick

The only thing I would have liked more of was a bit more of the cheese sauce in the pouch. The pasta soaked up the sauce quickly, leading to a bit of a dry finish. The next time I made this, I ended up adding two tablespoons of cream when I stirred the elbows and sauce together in the pan.

Banza Deluxe Rich & Creamy Cheddar Elbows - Mac & Cheese Chick

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