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Asda Macaroni Cheese

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Brand: Asda / Type: Other Ready Meals

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      06.04.2013 13:30
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      Highly recommended as a lunch meal, makes a change from sandwiches.

      This can be used for lunches or to go with a dinner meal, I personally use it for lunch at the weekend when I'm busy doing DIY and fancy a hot meal. It's easy to prepare and cheap to buy so for a hot alternative to boring sandwiches this gets my vote.

      The tin is wrapped in a recyclable waxy paper label and the tin itself doesn't need to go to landfill either, but will need a quick rinse out before you do. The sauce does stick to the sides quite badly so a strong flow of water on it might not be enough, just get your finger out and rub it around the outside. Takes seconds to do and it can now be re made into something useful.

      Onto the sauce then and this doesn't have much resemblance to cheese, it's as if the guys making it had never had cheese, and were told on the phone what cheese tastes like and they tried to make it based on that description. A weird way of putting it but it's not quite there. It is a little sweet and is not at all salty so a good mark there but it isn't anything like cheese, and has no melted cheese flavour to it. It is very thick and gloopy though so at least it's not just water.

      It doesn't leave a bad aftertaste though, it does seem to dissipate quite quickly even if you've eaten it over a long period of time. If it does linger around too much for your liking then just a quite swig of water will get rid of the taste. It also doesn't leave you with bad breath afterwards.

      Those little pasta half pipes are quite nice and incredibly soft. This makes them easy to chew and you can stuff a load in your mouth and eat them very quickly, excellent if you're on the move and can't waste time. I found the texture to be quite smooth and even without much sauce on they have their own feint taste, a sweet one but not dry or sour.

      I usually microwave this for just 1m 30s, as this makes it ready to eat when it comes out. Anything over this time will mean you need to cool it, in which case leave it aside for a minute or so and it looses enough heat to eat. After a full 2 minutes in the microwave it's not nuclear, but it's uncomfortably hot.

      Overall this is a great meal in a tin, it's flavour isn't that cheesy and I would prefer if it had a stronger taste but at least it's not too salty, something i absolutely hate when it comes to tinned food. I highly recommend this, as a lunch or dinner meal.

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        25.10.2009 20:12
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        Ok snack

        I picked this up in Asda the other day when we popped in to get a few bits. I used to be a huge fan of tinned macaroni cheese and would often eat it on a daily basis, however it got a bit much and I went right off of it. Seeing this in Asda I thought I should try it again as it would make a quick, easy and cheap snack or tea. It cost just 54p for 410g, whereas the same size Heinz tin costs 93p. The packaging has had a revamp from that shown in the picture and is now predominantly bright green with a large Macaroni Cheese title on and a fun picture of the macaroni.

        You can heat the macaroni cheese in 2 ways, either on the hob or in the microwave. Usually I would heat it on the hob but being lazy and not wanting so much washing up to do I decided to pop it in the microwave. Opening the tin I was greeted with a very light, creamy yellow sauce. There were plenty of pieces of macaroni in it and the sauce covered it all well. I heated the macaroni cheese in the microwave for two minutes and when I took it out it was steaming hot but not bubbling.

        Pushing my fork into the snack I noticed that the macaroni was lovely and soft and the cheese sauce had coated it really well. The macaroni was smooth and tasted nice. The cheese sauce had good flavouring and whilst subtle, gave a nice cheesy flavour. In my opinion it tasted very similar to the more expensive Heinz variety and I enjoyed it.

        Half a can contains 182 calories, 1.4g sugar, 6.8g fat (2.1g saturates) and 1.8g salt. Other than the salt content (which is very high!) this is a fairly balanced part of a main meal or snack. However do note the salt content meaning this probably shouldnt be eaten every day.

        For tinned macaroni cheese, I think this was a good choice. I dont think any tinned macaroni cheese can taste particularly brilliant but this did what it was meant to and certainly filled a hole. It was easy to heat and will be good for when I'm in a rush. If you usually buy Heinz I recommend you give this a try as it is half the price!

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          20.06.2009 22:52
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          DESCENT BUDGET OPTION

          I normally buy Heinz macaroni cheese which is 88p, the asda version is 46p for the same size tin. I can't help but compare the two. I have come to the conclusion I'll be sticking to Heinz.

          The asda version has plenty of pasta and is good value for money but the cheese sauce tastes somewhat false and a bit soapy. It simply doesn't taste of cheese. It does however have a lovely creamy texture.

          Maybe I'm being a bit harsh but its not as nice has more expensive products. Although it still provides a satisfying meal on toast. If you put plenty of black pepper on it as I do. Also my children have not noticed the difference.

          In conclusion buy Heinz if you're not skint or if theres any special offers available. Don't dismiss this product it provides excellent value for money and tastes nice if you're not a macaroni cheese connossieur like me

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          25.03.2009 15:35
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          worth trying

          Not being a very good cook I am always on the look out for meals in a tin, I spotted this in my local asda and as it only costs around 50p I thought I would give it a try. The packaging is now a bit different to the above it is all green with a picture of three macaronis on the front so it is quite bright and easy to spot.

          It is easy to cook, you can put it in a bowl in the microwave or you can heat it on the hob. I do mine in the microwave so I don't forget its on the hob and end up burning it.

          The sauce is quite thick and creamy and tastes cheesy though not really of real cheese. It isn't watery as I was thinking it would be for a cheap product. The pasta in it is nice and soft when you eat it and it is quite big in size. There is quite a bit more sauce than there is pasta though, the above picture shows that the pasta is just coated in the sauce but there is quite a bit more sauce than this and less pasta.

          It can get a bit boring after a bit as it has no variation of taste just cheese though it make a very nice meal if you have it with some garlic bread.
          The portion size in each tin is enough for one person as a smaller dinner you need to put some bread with it to really fill you up.

          All in all it is quite a tasty macaroni cheese and worth trying for a quick and easy meal.

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