On occasion, the Mac & Cheese Chick takes a break from scratch-made macaroni and cheese. Hey, I love Velveeta Shells and Cheese as much as the next guy. No, wait, probably much more.
Anyway, we were at Trader Joe’s the other day and, seeing all the lovely mac and cheese options in the store, of course I had to try them all. So, this post is the first in a series covering reviews of all (well, at least everything I could find while I was there) of Trader Joe’s macaroni and cheese offerings.
First up: Trader Joe’s Organic Shells and White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese. What a mouthful, right? You can guffaw here, I won’t mind.
Here is the nutritional information.
Close-up of the cheese powder.
Ingredients needed: 1 box of Trader Joe’s Organic Shells and White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese, 3 tablespoons fat-free milk. There is a suggestion that you can add 2 – 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter “for richer flavor”, but I wanted to get a good idea of how the product tasted out of the box.
I boiled 6 cups of water and added the shells. Once they were cooked (about 8 minutes), they were drained and popped back into the pot. I added the milk and cheese packet and stirred like mad, breaking up little powder clumps. The shells, by the way, were cute, little, and adorable.
The powder integrated nicely into the pasta and produced a creamy, good white-cheddar flavor. It was slightly salty, in a good way (flavor!).
One caveat: you need to scarf this one down immediately. If not, it gets a little gluey. And my immediately, I mean start eating within 20 seconds of your last stir.
My verdict? 3 elbows up! Great for a boxed mac and cheese.
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