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Crosse & Blackwell Cheesy Macaroni

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Brand: Crosse & Blackwell / Type: Ready Meal

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      22.06.2009 19:41
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      **Introduction**

      Macaroni Cheese is one of the most popular Pasta based meals you can make, It is also one of the easiest and most convenient. I have tried many different Macaroni Cheeses in my time and have enjoyed some and have found some a bit too hard when some of the pasta is cooked yet some is not. Here is my review of one of my favourite Macaroni Cheese options. Crosse & Blackwell's Cheesy Macaroni.

      **The Packet**

      As you can see from the accompanying picture, the packet has a picture of what the Macaroni Cheese will look like when you have cooked it. I must say it looks much more appetising than when you open the packet and see the hard little pasta shapes mixed in with the cheese powder.

      **Cooking**

      Like most ready meals you can either microwave this or you can choose to heat it up in the pan. I would recommend the microwave if you are low on time but there really is not much difference in the taste whether you microwave or cook this in a pan. It should take between 5 minutes in the microwave and around 8 in the pan which is not the quickest I have experienced but it does not really matter that much as long as it tastes good.

      **The Taste**

      This is the all important taste test and I am pleased to say it passes with flying colours, As long as it is done because sometimes a few can be a little too hard. The pasta mixes well with the cheese to create a very nice taste. I find with Macaroni Cheese that you need to make sure the cheese is not a strong one so not to dominate the Pasta. I am happy to report that they have managed to get the blend right on this one.

      **Where can you get it?**

      Like with most Cross and Blackwell products you will be able to find this in all the major supermarkets, I first found them in Iceland where they were on a great offer of something like 3 for £1 which is a real bargain as they are normally around 80p for one sachet. Look around as you may be able to get some great deals on this Macaroni Cheese if you look around.

      **Nutritional Information**

      Per Cooked Packet:

      Energy - 532kcal / 2236kJ
      Protein - 17.5g
      Carbohydrate - 69.7g
      Of which sugars - 6.4g
      Fat - 20.3g
      Of which saturates - 13.1g
      Fibre - 9.6g
      Sodium - 1.6g

      **Overall**

      I would put this up there with the best ready made Macaroni Cheese you can buy, it's a great price and it's a great quick snack or makes a great meal with some added salad or sausages maybe. If you like Macaroni Cheese then give this one a try and I am sure you with have a positive experience with the taste. I certainly will buy this one again aswell as the other varieties that are available from Crosse and Blackwell.

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        14.02.2008 13:52
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        A good quick meal to make for lunch or dinner

        Normally any ready meal that I buy, which supposedly is macaroni cheese, tastes really salty and horrible. After just having this for lunch, I am quite pleased with what it was like as it had a nice flavour although the cooking instructions were a bit wrong.

        It comes in a shiny packet with the largest font being 'Pasta in 5!' This pasta actually took me around 10 minutes to make, so this isn't correct, however it may be because I had to adjust the amount of water I put in because from past experience, it never gets cooked correctly with the amount they suggest. It has a picture of the pasta on the front, which surprisingly looks very similar to what I actually made.

        On the back of the pack are the instructions for microwave or hob as well as ingredients and nutritional information. The packet is made of a think paper with a shiny label on the outside with all the information. It weighs 120g and is not insulated with foil inside.

        The pasta itself when you rip open the top looks miniature. They appear as tiny tubes with a powdery mix that will give it the taste. This mix also contains many herbs, which adds to give a lovely flavour overall.

        Here are MY suggested cooking instructions to make it perfectly:

        1. Grab a deep saucepan
        2. Add 400ml water and one tablespoon of butter
        3. Bring to the boil and add contents of packet
        4. Simmer gently for 6-7 minutes
        5. Turn up the heat to speed up cooking for 2 minutes
        6. Once most sauce has gone, turn off heat
        7. Leave in pan to stand for 2 minutes and serve

        Because I suggest 400ml of water rather than 375ml, it may take longer to cook but still is ready in 10 minutes, which isn't bad. The saucepan is easy to clean after; just make sure you rinse it in warm water right after serving it. Then go enjoy your meal.

        This can be eaten as a lunch or dinner as it is quite filling. It has a cheesy taste to it, but not such a strong taste that you could tell it was cheese straight away. However, it wouldn't be as nice with a strong cheesy taste, so I like it just how it is with a lighter cheesy taste and a creamy taste too. There is no salty taste, apart from the aftertaste, which tastes a tiny bit salty for a second after a spoonful. The herbs definitely add to the taste and it has some kind of addicting taste to it like most pasta snacks such as this one. It makes you excited about the next spoonful to leave the plate empty.

        NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
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        Per Cooked Packet:

        Energy - 532kcal / 2236kJ
        Protein - 17.5g
        Carbohydrate - 69.7g
        Of which sugars - 6.4g
        Fat - 20.3g
        Of which saturates - 13.1g
        Fibre - 9.6g
        Sodium - 1.6g

        This is per packet, and is extremely unhealthy on a regular basis. Adults should not have more than 2.4g of salt a day, and considering everything normally contains some sodium, this is a large amount. As for the other information, it isn't very good for you, acting as a large chunk of your guideline daily amounts.

        You can buy this pack for around 89p at any good supermarket and it is worth it. It is a great emergency meal and easy to make in around 10 minutes. It tastes quite nice but what you are eating is very unhealthy and should not be had on a regular basis. It does smell a bit horrible too but once you start eating it, it's very nice.

        Thanks for reading,

        - Recon -

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