“ Type: Pasta „
Sainsbury's Macaroni Cheese comes in a 410g tin which at the time of me writing this review will cost you 75 pence. The label is a pleasant yellow colour with orange text plus an appetising picture of the macaroni on a white plate, the packaging must have been updated since the design of the tin that appears in the Dooyoo catalogue and when I compare them I have to say that I much prefer the current offering. The tin unfortunately doesn't have a ring pull on the top as many canned foods now do including many in the Sainsbury's range which is a bit more awkward if say you are going to eat this at work and there is no can opener, something that has happened to me in the past. This macaroni is extremely easy to prepare either on the hob in a saucepan warming it through or in a dish in the microwave which at worse case will take 4 minutes in a 650 w category B device. I was a bit indifferent about this to be honest, I do like macaroni cheese but I do find the shop bought ones and not just this one in tins can be a bit too rich and cheesy and a bit over the top for my liking unlike one that you might prepare for yourself at home. If you ate this with toast that might help to balance out and temper the strong cheese taste a little and of course it could be eaten on a plate in addition to other things like a jacket potato for example. The macaroni pasta pieces though are very soft with a nice size and texture that combine well with the sauce. A whole can of this is 422 calories and just under 20 grams of fat which is not that great really and I would think that if you are going to consume that much fat and take on that many calories it should be for something you really really want like a massive cake or pudding. Having said that if you like having something hot at lunch time and you have a microwave or stove at work then this is ideal as after less than five minutes it is ready to eat, it is just the cheese is a bit too much for me and there are many other lunch time snack offerings available in tins that I prefer.
We have been having some renovation work done at our house recently which means that I haven't had access to my usual cooking facilities all of the time. I have been looking for things I can cook in the microwave, and my boyfriend suggested tinned macaroni cheese as something we could try. I normally have a prejudice against anything canned except baked beans becaus I tried some really awful examples when I was a student and didn't have a clue how to cook most things myself. I am always willoingbto be proved wrong though, so my partner bought a tin of Heinz Macaroni Cheese as well as a Sainsburys own brand equivalent. The second turned out to be my favourite, to my surprise. It cost just 65p for 410g, compared to 95p for the Heinz equivalent. Sainsburys seem to be in the process of changing the labels for these. Half the cans on dsplay have a green background and a ring pull top, the others are yellow with no ring pull. Whatever the design, the contents of both tins are identical. The macaroni is easy to prepare as it is just a case of heating it up really. It takes 4 minutes in the microwave or 3-4 minutes on the hob. I had to use the microwave, which does mean you can heat it in the serving bowl if you want to. My boyfriend and I usually want to share a can and pour it over toast, and there is plenty enough in one tin for the both of us. If only one of us is eating at a time, then it is easy to keep the unused portion in the fridge, where it still tastes just as good the day after. I thought the sauce may dry out a bit but it doesn't. It is recommended you don't keep the macaroni beyond 48 hours of opening, but that has never been a problem for us. The macaroni cheese is a pale yellow colour, and looks creamy. The pasta pieces are plump and are a good satisfying size. I prefer these to the ones in a Tesco version I have subsequantly tried because they are less chewy but at the same time they have some bite to them. The cheese sauce has a nice smooth texture, and a stronger and more authentic cheese taste than the Heinz one in my opinion. When I make my own, I make the sauce stronger still, and add mustard, but I still think that Sainsburys have done a good enough job at making a longer life product that tastes fresh. It also has the edge on Heinz because I thought the latter had a slightly salty aftertaste. I don't find that the Sainsbury's one does. It also has a relatively mild cheese scent on opening , but that seems to intensify pleasantly as it cooks. My favourite way to use left over macaroni cheese, which I have also tried with the tinned kind when I have access to an oven, is to turn it in to a crispy topped bake. This just involves tipping the macaroni into a oven dish, mixing in some chopped tomato and fried onion, and topping with breadcrumbs. You then bake or grill it until it's piping hot all the way through. The fact that the Sainsbury's canned macaroni has a good balance between sauce and pasta, means it works well like this. Some kinds are a bit too sloppy or dry. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the taste and texture of this. Nothing quite beats home made because you can tweak the recipe to suit you perfectly, but I will happily keep a can of this to hand for a lazy day, even when my kitchen gets restored! I was also pleased to see that the food is "only" rated orange in the traffic light system of labelling for healthy eating. I expected it to be "red", in other words, a product that was especially high in fat and unhealthy ingredients. Saturated fat is 3.7g per half can, and the calorie level is 211. Not a low fat food, but one that is better than I would expect a high cheese product to be. I would recommend you give this a try. It is the perfect thing to have on hand for a quick supper and it is very easy to prepare. At 65p it is also a bargain.
I like to have Macaroni on Toast now and again. There's just something that bit nicer than having this rather than Beans or Spaghetti. It always seems more filling and substancial in my view for some reason. I admit I normally buy the Heinz one, more out of habit and I know the quality is good, but I decided to try this one as part of my watching the pennies experiment. This tin cost me 53p for a 420g tin. The tin looks alright. The label is a wrap around paper one and has a picture of the Macaroni looking all shiney and Yellow. The Nutritional and ingredient information is on the back and the Sainsbury's branding is quite large on the front. Nothing too exciting. When you open this you get a nice whiff of Cheese. It doesn't smell that Cheddary, and perhaps it smells a bit artificial, but it doesn't smell any worse than the other tinned ones out there. The Sauce looks quite thick, and you can see some of the Macaroni bits poking out the Sauce. Once heated in a pan the Sauce thins a little bit. It is still quite thick, but that's alright as the Pasta is coated well enough. There is enough Pasta pieces, and they are the normal curly shape. They are quite soft, and I could say they are a rubbery texture, but again all tinned Macaroni is the same texture as this tin. An alright buy, but it is lacking the more Creamy taste which Heinz has. Then again the Heinz one is nearly double the price of this one, so there had to be some compromise somewhere. A recommended buy is you need to downgrade your brand.
My granddaughter loves tinned Macaroni Cheese, last week there were none of her favourite Heinz so I picked up a tin of Sainsbury's own brand Macaroni Cheese. The 410g tin only cost 53p, which is a saving of almost 20p compared to the Heinz variety so if this is good enough for my granddaughter then this will be quite a saving for her mum and me. I heated the Macaroni Cheese in a small saucepan for a few minutes and tipped it all into a dish for my granddaughter to sample. I had a little bit also with a slice of toast and was fairly impressed with this one, compared to other tinned versions of course and not real Macaroni Cheese! The sauce is rather sticky and this means it clings to the macaroni well and covers it with the strongly flavoured cheese sauce. The flavour of the sauce is quite nice, it tastes like proper cheese sauce whereas the Heinz version tastes much more artificial to my palate. The sauce in this Sainsbury's Macaroni Cheese is not as sickly as the Heinz one either which is good as I find the Heinz Macaroni Cheese to be a little bit sweet tasting. The pasta is cooked nicely in this Macaroni Cheese, it's soft like tinned spaghetti but it's infused with the delicious flavour of the cheese sauce which makes it taste very interesting and flavoursome. I enjoyed the small portion of Macaroni Cheese that I ate and was very surprised at how good it tasted when compared to the Heinz version which I don't like at all. It's rather stickier but this isn't such a bad thing as it sounds as it means it clings so much better than the Heinz Macaroni, which also has a sticky sauce but isn't as tasty as this one. The only problem is the pan you have used to cook the Macaroni Cheese will need a good soak in hot water to get it clean otherwise you'll be pulling it out of the cupboard for next time and finding smears and clumps of cheese sauce that you've missed!
Some canned cheese sauces taste good and there are many that leave a lot to be desired, much like the packet cheese sauces some of them taste so artificial. I suppose what happens is that they are flavoured using cheese powder rather than having real cheese in them. Macaroni cheese is a good supper dish and lets face it there are times when all of us look for something quick and easy, no mountain of pots to wash at the end of the meal. A 410g tin of Sainsbury`s macaroni cheese is 54p, that is a very competitive price. We generally just share the one tin between us and have an extra slice of toast if we feel it wasn't enough. The recyclable can has a ring pull, so no hard slog with the tin opener either , supper is getting easier by the minute! The cheese sauce is rich and thick, it smells exactly like a cheese sauce should do. I am addicted to Gregg's the Bakers cheese and onion pasties but they almost certainly use cheese powder to flavour them. A quick peep at the paper label informs me that the manufacturers have used liquid cheese and skimmed milk powder. Granted if I weren't so idle and made my own Macaroni cheese I would have used skimmed milk and grated fresh cheddar cheese. I do note that they have added a spot of mustard, Ive always added to mustard to my cheese sauce, so its beginning to sound very appetising. Two good rounds of hot buttered toast each on slightly warmed plates and we are ready for kick-off. The macaroni has stayed whole and is plentiful and the ratio looks perfect. A tasty and inexpensive supper dish that we both heartily enjoyed. Dietary information say that the macaroni cheese contains milk, gluten and mustard. There are around 200 calories in a portion and it is high in fat content. Once the can has been opened the contents should be kept in the refrigerator if not used straight away.
I have been deliberately taste testing macaroni cheese's out with reviews in mind lately cos I'm convinced there has to be a decent offering somewhere on the planet and all I ever come across is bland and/or gloopy sad looking pasta with some kind of cheese sauce thrown over the top and it's always too wet or far too dry and there seems to be no in between! Now frozen macaroni cheese meals just aren't good. Tins are hit and miss usually and the only way so far I've found of eating this is making it myself and it's easy but I'm lazy! I want something really that I can just heat up and scoff! I'm not a chef and I have a life to live and as I'm only cooking for one person so what's the point with it all the preparation and flipping washing up for a plate of pasta?! This is a meal I want to be able to ping! I love macaroni cheese it's just so comforting! So the one I stumbled across yesterday is this one, Sainsbury's Macaroni Cheese (shop brand). The packaging is a 410g size can with an orange label on the front and I'm clearly told what it is and who it is by on a navy label on the front and on the bottom right hand corner I'm told the weight of the product. On the back I'm given a list of ingredients, nutritional values, cooking instructions, storage details, and contact details for Sainsbury's. To Cook... It's microwavable for about 5 minutes and can be cooked on hob for about 5 minutes. The product.... Well I was really excited about eating this. I love toast and really had a fancy on for this meal! Upon opening it I was knocked out by the smell of skimmed milk powder. I recognised the smell without looking at the ingredients immediately. There is a slight smell of cheese but the smell of the skimmed milk powder makes it smell exceptionally sweet. For me cooking it was really easy. I stuck it in my microwave (in a microwavable dish) and I'm sure it said cook for 5 minutes but mine was bubbling over and frazzling noisily by 4 minutes so I checked it and it was cooked and piping hot. All you are doing is heating this product up to eat it your not cooking it from scratch and you can tell that when you pour it into a dish or pan to warm it up as the pasta appears cooked. Uncooked you have to fork it out of the tin. It's well packed in there and full to the brim of macaroni cheese. Quite saucy and the pasta is about half an inch long, fat and appears a little slimy looking. The sauce is a creamy yellow colour and it looks very pleasant. Heating up and served on top of my toast I realised I'd been a greedy mare as there was loads of the stuff! The sauce has gone quite a bit thinner, however still a thick consistency just not as congealed or as stodgy as it was when it was cold. It smelt cheesier though the smell of skimmed milk powder was still highly apparent but all in all it wasn't swimming on my plate and I was impressed by the portion and the look of quality as it did look appetising as it had a nice colour. Taste wise, it's perfectly nice enough. Firstly take a tip and unless your starving and a massive cheese fan don't try and attempt to eat a whole tin in one sitting. I would have much preferred this as a side dish and just to eat a couple of spoons with other things as it is quite rich. So consistency wise not bad and although the sauce wasn't runny and did have body it could do with being a little less saucy (though you can omit some of course). The sauce is cheesy and tastes of that odd milk stuff they've insisted upon adding loads of and although it's not highly tasting the problem is you can smell it and it's off putting (less of this ingredient please Mr John Sainsbury!). It's got enough salt in it and I liked the fact that this has been adequately seasoned but it is a bit sweet and the more you eat the sweeter it gets. The cheese taste is a mild cheese and doesn't honk though as I stated earlier you can smell it quite well. The pasta is quite squidgy. It has the taste of pasta but is a tad too slimy and it's like if you cook pasta yourself and have over cooked it a bit. You try to pick it up in places with your fork and it falls apart. Overall.... A bit on the sweet side for me and I'm not keen in the overuse of skimmed milk powder. If you like tinned macaroni cheese then you'd like this one I'm sure. Best served with other things as this is a bit repetitive and from your first swallow to the last each mouthful it tastes exactly the same so it does get a little boring after a while and there is loads of it! Not a bad offering I would eat it again but quite fancy it with some bacon and spicy stuff with it as a meal! You couldn't fool someone you cooked this yourself as it does taste tinned but recommended as one of the 'better' tins I've had in recent times! It's not awful! Ingredients.... Cooked Pasta (42%) (Water, Durum Wheat Semolina), Water, Cheddar Cheese (11%), Modified Maize Starch, Rapeseed Oil, Sugar, Salt, Skimmed Milk Powder, Mustard Flour, Stabilisers: Polyphosphates, Sodium Phosphate, Yeast, Potato Starch, Yeast Extract, Palm Oil, Colour: Carotenes, Antioxidant: Natural Tocopherols. Contains Milk, Wheat and Mustard. Suitable for vegetarians. Nutrional Values .... per Half Tin .... Energy 1026kj Protein 9.0g Carbohydrate 24.6g of which is sugars 3.3g of which is starch 21.3g Fat 12.3g of which is saturates 4.3g of which is mono-unsaturates 4.1g of which is polyunsaturates 3.9g Fibre 0.6g Salt 2.5g of which is sodium 1.0g 61p a tin only in Sainsbury's
Sainsburys Macaroni Cheese is a great easy dinner for just 61p a can. I've been eating this quite regularly for a while now as I'm a bit lazy when it comes to cooking in the other half's absence. It's a really great convenience meal particularly because of how quickly you can heat it up. You just open the tin, pour it into a microwave suitable dish or bowl and pop it in on medium heat for around four minutes (depending on your microwave). You can just use half a tin if you want to which I like doing with a bit of salad or slice of bread and butter and the rest keeps in the fridge for forty eight hours after opening. It seemed to me one day that this was a quick and easy food to give the grandson for his tea (he's three) that is until my daughter came home and scolded me for it. There's nearly 4gms of salt in a can of this macaroni cheese would you believe?! So even giving my young grandson just a third of the can, I'd still given him too much salt to have at one mealtime. It made me think too as that's nearly my whole adult day's salt allowance too so now I tend to just eat half a can at a time and try not to eat it too often. It is nice though, and really creamy too. It's got a really rich taste and on reflection I guess you can taste the salt too. In a nice way though, it doesn't actually taste like there's too much salt in it. It's seriously cheesy too which is why I think Sainsburys Macaroni Cheese is much better than the Tesco own brand which is a bit watery. On the label it says there's 11% of cheddar cheese in this which is a generous amount. There's also 25gms of fat though so it's not for people on diets! I enjoy this as a lazy treat for my tea sometimes but wouldn't recommend it as a healthy food for those concerned with their fat or salt intake. It's certainly not for young children either though vegetarians may be pleased to know that they can enjoy this.
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