“ Type: Pasta „
At the moment I am suffering with M.E and a under active thyroid pretty badly (as well as a few other ailments lol). This results in my energy levels being appalling and just getting up from where I'm sat now to go to the bathroom is exhausting for me. Being honest I'm just not managing very well at the moment to do very much at all but look after my hamsters!
Because of this problem with my energy holding me back so much of late I have set myself set up in my living room! I have a tea maker next to me, remote by my side and have tried to get myself set up and as comfy as possible. The two major problems I have is with cleaning and cooking. Now I'm lucky to have a good mate to help me tidy up and she really has been sorting that out for me but of course I am on my own sometimes and need to eat. Just standing at a cooker for a few minutes was killing me and so I invested in some ready meals that I fancied and at £1.00 (on special offer when I bought it) I thought it sounded and looked great on the photograph on the front of the box.
The box is red in colour with as I have just mentioned a photograph of the macaroni cheese on the front of it and we are told that it is Findus Macaroni Cheese 'Macaroni pasta in a creamy cheese sauce with a crunchy Cheddar cheese crumble topping' and that there are 380 calories in a pack. Other information listed on the box includes being told how to cook it, ingredient and allergy advice is given (this is suitable for Vegetarians by the way), there is an at a glance and full nutritional chart stated, the weight is given which is 320g and contact details for Findus are also listed.
The Meal Itself:
We are told on the box that this is suitable for microwave cooking or oven baking and both of those options suggest to cook it from frozen.
I microwaved mine and it took 8 minutes with a standing time of 1 minute however if you prefer you can pop this in the oven for about 45 minutes.
Upon removing this meal from the outer box I was pleased that the black plastic tray was rather large and deep and I found it easy to pierce the film lid on the top of the container too. I liked the fact as well that this didn't need stirring halfway through its cooking time as well considering how ill I feel right now!
It cooked very well indeed in the time stated on the box and was piping hot and what you got in appearance was a bit of what looked like an orangy crunchy topping that was on one edge of the meal and like it had fell off, lots of white sauce and pasta.
Taste wise though this wasn't great. The pasta tubes were bland and cream in colour however well cooked and not soggy or anything adverse like that. The cream coloured sauce wasn't too runny but smelt and tasted milky and I couldn't really detect or see any cheese within this meal at all. The crunchy topping like I have mentioned fell to one side of the meal so didn't fully cover the portion of macaroni cheese and although said on the ingredient list to contain red cheddar cheese which is blended with breadcrumbs, you could see the colour given from the cheese but to me this just tasted like a slightly gritty breadcrumb mix and I didn't like the texture or taste of this.
Not seasoned well enough in my opinion and lacking cheese flavour this was a really boring meal, to look at and to eat and the only thing going for it in my opinion was that it was easy to cook up! Other than that I wouldn't ever buy this again in all honesty!
Nutritional Information Per Pack:
Available in all good supermarkets etc and if not on offer expect to pay about £1.50 a meal for this!
Having read the reviews on here, I thought I would try oven cooking my macaroni cheese. I was disappointed. After 50 minutes, although the top had gone nice and crispy, and the pasta almost melt in the mouth soft, the sauce was so bland I may as well had eaten pasta by itself. Hardly any hint of cheese!I wont be buying the product again, but for £1.00 I suppose you can't expect a 5-star meal!
I am usually very vary of pasta ready meals, especially frozen ones as I have found them not to cook well, the sauce to be bland and the pasta to be hard. However, being drawn in by the adverts currently showing on TV about the new Findus pasta range I picked this up in Tesco's frozen aisle for £1, after all if it was rubbish I wouldn't have wasted too much money on it.
So as I said, it was on offer for £1 however it usually retails at £1.49. The packaging has had a design change and is now predominantly red with an appetising picture of the product. The product comes in a microwaveable black plastic tub with a clear film lid, the outer box is made from cardboard which is very easy to recycle. The box also boasts that the product is low in fat - something you rarely see in a cheesy product.
Opening the box I was shocked that the portion was actually quite large, especially for a ready meal! I had a look on the box and the total product weighs 360g. I did initially think that was my diet out of the window but after working it out, the whole box only has about 12g of fat so thats really not bad at all if you are eating this as a main meal.
There are two ways of cooking it - either in the microwave or in the oven. I usually pick the oven as I think it provides better results, however I was in a rush when I had this so I chose the microwave. To oven cook it, you preheat the oven to 200 degrees, remove the film lid and cook for 45 minutes. To microwave, you pierce holes in the film lid and then put it in the microwave for various times depending on your microwave. For me it took 7 minutes but it can take up to 9 minutes.
When I removed my dinner from the microwave I peeled back the film lid and was pleased to see that it actually looked very appetising, the breadcrumbs sat nicely on the top and it seemed to be piping hot. Pouring it out onto my plate I was again surprised as how much there was as it filled up my whole plate!
Tucking into the meal I am very pleased to say the pasta was cooked perfectly, it was soft and easy to bite into, but not slimy. The sauce had a nice flavour however it wasn't very cheesy and if anything a little bland. However, I found the sauce to be quite thick, to coat the pasta well and accompany the pasta to provide a nice taste. If you prefer your sauce a little more cheesy (like I do!) I suggest adding a bit more cheese to the meal either before or after cooking it. Nevertheless, the meal tasted fine and I was pleasantly surprised at how well cooked it was and how thick the sauce was. I almost managed to finish the meal (there was quite a lot there!) and would certainly buy the product again if I needed something quick and easy for dinner.
Each serving (a box) contains 460 calories, 7.5g sugar, 12g fat, 6.8g saturates and 1.3g salt. Now, this doesn't look very good but for me personally, I only ever eat ready meals once in a blue moon so really doesn't matter too much. It must also be considered that most people would eat this for a main meal so therefore it isn't as bad, however the calories and saturated fat are pretty high so this should probably only be enjoyed once in a while. However, it is worth noting that the Tesco alternative (priced at £1) has 135 more calories, 3.6g more fat and double the salt (in a 400g serving).
Overall, I enjoyed this meal though some would find the cheese sauce a little bland. However, I will only be enjoying it every so often due to the nutritional values. Recommended if you are in a rush.
Basic Info: It cost around £1.00 and has 24g fat and 1g salt. It takes around 8-10 minutes to microwave (depending on power).
This is a microwavable pasta dish with macaroni in a cheese sauce with a crumbly topping.
My Review: I have to agree with the other reviewer for this Findus Macaroni Cheese, who found it a little bland.
I used to buy these all the time and really liked the quick & easy 'cooking' time and the taste of the final product. OK, this isn't healthy food in the way a salad is, but for a quick no-nonsense tummy-filler it used to do the job.
HOWEVER, I bought one from the supermarket a few days ago and zapped it last night. I was quite surprised by the lack of taste. Compared to how decent they used to be I found it bland, watery and just generally quite dull.
It was OK after I popped two cheese slices on top, added a few squirts of hot sauce, some salt, garlic and chilli flakes, but I never used to have to do this!
I don't know if they have changed the recipe, but I was quite disappointed.
I always enjoyed Findus Macaroni Cheese so I bought a few when our local supermarket had them in stock for only 89p each, I heated one up for lunch today and this was the most TASTELESS and unappetising meal I have ever put on my plate, It claims to have a variety of cheeses in the dish but it was pale and anaemic looking, the pasta was sticky and the cheese sauce gloopy and tasteless, even after adding mustard garlic and salt and pepper it still lacked taste. Horrible product I will never buy this again. The remaining dishes are now in the rubbish.
As I have just had this for my Sunday night tea I thought I would review it.
I love pasta (carbohydrate queen!) and I like cheese so this dish is perfect for me, its also great as I am not a big fan of cooking, I like ready meals (yes I am lazy and this has been mentioned in some of my other reviews) and as you can have this ready in less than ten minutes its a very quick meal to have if your in a hurry.
I buy my Findus Macaroni Cheese from Iceland as they sell 2 400g boxes for £2 in a double pack so £1 per meal and its the right size for a main meal, its a bit too much for a snack or lunch though I feel, and as there is two my boyfriend normally has the other one or I can have it another night.
The dish is very easy to cook, you can either cook it in the oven for 50 minutes at 190c or blast it in the microwave for 9 minutes which is my preferred way to cook it.
I have never tried to cook it in the oven as impatience is another of my traits.
The Macaroni is made with fresh pasta and Mozzarella and Chedder cheese sauce and is topped with Red Leicester.
Each 400g pack contains 420 calories, 65g of carbohydrate, 8.5g of fat, 2g of fibre and 1g of sodium so its not ideal for eating that often, I tend to it once every couple of weeks.
The meal itself is very satisfying and fills me up nicely without making me feel bloated ill, I do seem to get heartburn after eating it though which I always forget about until I am cooking it!
I do find that the Red Leicester topping doesn't melt brilliantly in the microwave, there is still a light crumbling left, I think the topping would work out better if oven cooked.
If you were cooking this for a child half of a 400g box would be more than enough for a main meal.
If you shop at Iceland grab this bargain handy snack.
As a vegetarian it's quite difficult to find ready meals when you just want a quick snack so I usually end up with old faithful macaroni cheese. This Findus variety is frozen and cooks in 8 minutes in the microwave or 40 minutes in the oven. The benefit of cooking it in the oven is you get the crispy topping crunchy not soggy as in the microwave.
The box is bright yellow and red with a big picture of a plate of macaroni cheese on the front, the size is 360grams and it contains 520 calories per pack.
The macaroni is made with fresh pasta which is then frozen instead of them using dried pasta, the sauce contains Mozzarella and Cheddar with Red Leicester on the topping.
This pack cost me £1.49 at somerfields and makes quite a filling snack due to the pasta, it can get quite bland and boring near the end of the dish as once the topping is gone its just pasta and sauce, and its very creamy, personally I would like a stronger cheese flavour in the sauce but that's just my opinion.
It would be better served with some crusty bread and salad to break it up a bit but to be honest if you just want a snack you're not going to bother with that.
All in all you get what you pay for and for the money it's a reasonable lunch when you're in a hurry or just cant be bothered
Fresh pasta covered in a medley of cheeses.