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      19.01.2013 03:52
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      Overall a great tasting macaroni which is cheaper and nicer tasting than most of its competitors

      Cheesy Pasta from Kraft Is an Instant Macaroni pasta which takes around 8 minutes to prepare on a hob and 6 minutes to prepare in a 750w microwave.

      Packaging:

      The packaging is quite standard with the background being red and the lettering being in yellow, at the front it clearly labels the nutritional content, there is not much waste packaging and because its cardboard it is more environmentally friendly than plastic containers.

      Nutrition:

      The Box contains 190 grams of pasta which is supposed to serve 2 but I find I need to use the whole packet unless I am eating something particularly filling. Per 100 grams the box tells us that we get 5.8g of protein (which is quite good), 26 g of carbohydrate (which is not excessive) and 11g of fat (which is a lot but new research has suggested that the ratio of carbs to fat in our diet should be lower than at present, with more fat helping to keep us healthy if this is in conjunction with a lower carb intake), unfortunately 6.8g of the fats are saturated fats which are more harmful to our body as they are harder to break down and lead to the creation of the bad kind of lipoprotein (can't remember if this IS LDP or HDP).

      Price:

      At the time of purchase, from tesco, sometime around last October it was priced at £1.49 which is reasonable for a product which can either be the bulk of a meal and therefore consumed in one sitting or can be a smaller adjunct to a meal with lots of different things going on and therefore last 2 or 3 sittings. A single pack can be bought on amazon for 0.89 pence which is great value for money.

      Taste:

      It has a darker yellow colour than many of the macaroni's on the market, and for me, I personally tend to prefer the taste of darker coloured macaroni's as they tend to be more cheesy, creamy and rich this macaroni doesn't disappoint although its not the creamiest macaroni it does have a very rich cheesy taste to it, and each mouthful just explodes on the taste buds, whereas some macronis leave me disappointed, this one is far from bland and is just cheesy enough to be delicious but not so cheesy as to be sickly and overpowering, it has a perfect balance of taste and strength. The only area it lacks slightly in is the sauce is a little dry and could also be a bit thicker and more creamy if we are being hypercritical but the strength of the cheese sauce is just perfect.

      Summary:

      Kraft Cheesy Pasta, is probably my favourite instant macaroni and whilst there are a few macaroni cheesy out there that have a creamy sauce few of them get the balance between bland and overpowering so spot on as Kraft does, and many which do are desgined mainly for the microwave and come in a flatter box rather than the long tall form factor. I would thoroughly recommend this over most other brands and also would praise it for its versatility as it can be the main part of your meal or a small part of a greater whole, whatever the occasion demands!

      Rating: 7/10

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        26.08.2011 16:01
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        Yum yum yum yum yum yuuuuuuum.

        Cheese is probably my favourite food ever. Followed by pasta, so it's a natural progression to Kraft Cheesey Pasta. This is something I have eaten frequently over the years, apart from a fairly long period where I was working to lose weight (guess what I had for my last supper the night before I started?) I buy this regularly from both Morrisons and Tesco where it has been on special at about 67p a box for a long time.

        This comes in a red cardboard box with a picture of some yummy looking cheesey pasta on the front, along with a brief nutritional breakdown. One box claims to feed 3, but I think this is a bit ambitious unless you are having something with it. But I do have a hearty appetite, so maybe it's just me. Inside the box, the pasta is loose and the cheesey sauce powder is in a paper sachet - nice and simple, no excess packaging.

        Cooking this is so easy; on the hob you just boil the pasta, drain, then add the sauce powder and a knob of butter and mix! It only takes a minute and I find it strange watching the powder turn into a sauce. If using the microwave you do as above basically but add some milk as well. I actually cooked this (on the hob) once when we had run out of butter, and I used milk instead. It was just as good really.

        It tastes lovely and cheesey, quite strongly cheesey actually, though it is quite 'thick' and stodgy. I actually like this though, I do get regular cravings for stodgy foods and sometimes when I can't fool my cravings only real stodge will cut it. I can't think of anything else that smells or tastes like this, it is certainly unique; it's not particularly creamy, but it's not dry either. I almost want to describe it as 'artificial' but that conveys a negative opinion I think and this is not what I mean! I'm betting anyone who has had this will know what I mean though. It is very filling but also devilishly moreish.

        In terms of nutrition, this really is [should be] a bit of a treat. A serving (third of the pack) contains almost 20% of your GDA of calories and over half your GDA of saturated fat. It is also quite high in salt, accounting for over 20% your GDA. I have to be honest, when we have this cheesey pasta we tend to eat the whole lot between the two of us, so these values will be even higher. I also hold my hand up to eating the entire pack myself (I am not ashamed!) when I was hungover and needed stodge. Felt great after, but now I'm reading the nutrition maybe not! Though it was the only thing I ate that day which is lucky really, at 165% GDA saturated fat. Hmm.

        In all honesty though, I think life would be very boring if we didn't occasionally give in to a cheeky craving. So I am definitely recommending this as it is quick, easy and I love the taste of it. I'm not even going to deduct stars for the poor nutrition. So there!

        ** Important bits **

        Ingredients - Macaroni (durum wheat semolina), cheese (10%), whey powder (from milk), lactose, salt, emulsifying salts (E339, E341), colours (paprika extract, beta-carotine).

        Nutrition (per third pack) - 365 calories, 9.5g protein, 42g carbs (7g sugars), fat 17.5g (11g saturates), fibre 1.3g, salt 1.3g.

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          20.01.2010 19:14
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          Cheesey Pasta makes a great meal. A huge pile of this Pasta with some Chunky Chips - sorted. I guess we can finish off with a few slices of Garlic Bread as well!

          You get a box of this for about 90p, but a while back Asda was doing 2 for £1. so we got a few. The box is 190g and states that this can feed 2-3 as part of a meal - yeah right. I eat the whole box myself.

          This is in a rectangular box and I don't think the packaging has changed. The picture of the bright yellow-orange Pasta on the front looks tasty. Inside the Pasta is loose in the box and it is little curled bits of pasta. It is dried and you just put this in Boiling water for 6-8 Minutes. There is a large sachet of Dried Cheese powder as well, and you mix this into the Pasta when it is cooked.

          Once this is cooked in the Water, you add a bit Milk, and a bit Butter, but you don't have to add the Butter in. I do, as I think it tastes that much nicer with it as it is more rich. Then you add the Cheese powder which absorbs with the water and you mix this in quite fast and this will give you the orange Cheese coating.

          This isn;t exactly good for you. I don't have a box here, but it isn't as healthy as some Pasta out there. No doubt because of the Cheese coating.

          A quick, easy tasty meal.

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          24.10.2009 20:24
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          Stash it!

          Kraft Cheesey Pasta

          Description: Manufacturer: Kraft / Type: Ready Meal

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          This is basically a box filled with dried pasta and a sachet of powdered cheese sauce. You simply cook the pasta in a few minutes and then add the sachet, along with a little milk and butter. Hey presto, you now have cheesy pasta, one box being enough to serve 2 as a snack or side or 1 as a main meal.

          This is a very bright orange colour and may seem a bit offputting, however, I simply love it! It tastes creamy and delicious and yet not stodgy or sickly. Don't get me wrong, it isn't macaroni cheese, and if you expect it to be then you will be disappointed. It is tasty in its own right though.

          Ingredient list of Cheese Sauce Mix
          whey, milkfat, milk protein concentrate, salt, calcium carbonate, sodium tripolyphosphate, contains less than 2% of citric acid, sodium phosphate, lactic acid, milk, yellow 5, yellow 6, enzymes, cheese cultures

          I don't really eat many of these types of dried pasta dishes, there is 1 kind of Supernoodles that I like and this cheesey pasta, But I do really like it, I love how quickly it is ready, the fact that it has a long shelf life because it is dried and also that it is pretty cheap, a box costs around £1.20. However, I do have an issue, it is actually becoming quite difficult to find in shops! I recently spotted it for sale very cheaply in my local Netto and bought loads so that I shouldn't run out, but haven't seen it there since. So if anyone knows where else I can get it, please let me know!

          Definitely recommend this pasta, it is quick, simple and tasty, a winner in my book!

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            14.06.2009 21:28
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            I'm sure most of us have had Kraft Cheesey Pasta. In my view it is a cheap and easy to make meal, and I often have a box in the cupboard for those can't be bothered eating much times!

            This is sold in a 190g box and costs abot 90p in Supermarkets. Sometimes you get offers such as 3 for £2 etc, but often it is just the normal price, which is pretty cheap anyway!

            This is in a red box, so it stands out on the shelf easily. I normally find this around the Pot Noodle/Pasta breaks aisles. There is a picture in the front of this pasta cooked, and it looks nice and Cheesy. On the sides of the box is the cooking instructions, and on the back is the nutritional information. Inside the box is a bag of Pasta and a sachet of Cheese Powder. The Pasta is short tubes, and you cook this first and then add the Cheese Powder later. The Powder is really orange, and once all cooked then you will see how orange this really is!

            So how do you cook this? You can cook this in the Microwave, but I never have, so will advise how to cook on the hob. So you boil some water and add a little Salt to it. You put all the Pasta in and cook it until it is cooked. Then you drain all the water and return the dry cooked Pasta to the pot. You add 50g of Butter/Marg and 50ml of milk. You will find that the butter melts over the hot Pasta and the Milk adds a good sheen to it, and makes it slimey. Then you pour the Cheese powder over the lot and stir until it becomes a sauce. All the Pasta gets covered in the Cheese Sauce easily, but you won't find it a runny Sauce, it just sticks to the Pasta, which is good anyway. It is really, really Cheesy, but it doesn't taste that fake cheese way. It's hard to explain the taste of this, but it is nice even if it isn't a typical Cheddar taste.

            The bit I don't get about this product is that on the box it says the box serves 2 people as a meal, or more than 2 as a snack, or teamed with something else. I cannot eat a whole box myself, but I think I can eat about 90% even if I have some Chips, so i'm not sure who this figure is aimed at - perhaps kids!

            I can't think of the nutritional infotmation, but it is pretty high in fat and calories probably due to the Cheese in this.

            A great cupboard essential.

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            28.04.2009 19:10
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            A nice cheap quick snack

            It's only recently that I've even considered tasting pasta of any kind. It's not really something that's ever appealed to me. I needs meat in my dinner and lots of it, wiv gravy and roast pots. OR CHIPS.

            My son's girlfriend comes to us at the weekend and she prefers to eat Pasta other than that which we are having which is usually beef. She has persuaded me to try it now and then. On this occasion however I was very pleasantly surprised.

            It comes in an uninspiring red box with cheesy pasta written in yellow letters and a few nutritional bits on the back.

            The actual Pasta is very small less than half an inch long by less than an eighth on an inch in diameter and of an off yellow colour. At this time it is solid and brittle. The pasta is placed in the required amount of water and boiled until ready about 8 mins. During this process it becomes soft and pliable. After the cooking is completed the sachet of cheese is added to make it into Cheesy pasta. The cheese is like a powder and a bright orangey yellow colour. It isn't Parmesan but it smells very much like it....................you know sweaty socks and stuff. With the pasta being moist at this stage the powdery cheese mixes very easily and the pasta very quickly becomes coated with a cheesy sauce.

            On tasting the dish there is very much a strong evidence of the cheese. It is quite a strong cheesy flavour with a slightly bitter taste. The pasta is pretty much like any other pasta I've tasted being a bit bland. I don't know if this is how it should taste but it really doesn't have much taste at all apart from its cheesy coating.

            There is enough in the packet for 2 decent size portions as a side order to a main meal. It would also be suitable for a lunchtime snack. Although it's very nice there is no meat present so it probably isn't something I'm going to venture into again. If you like quick meals and like pasta you could do very much worse than try a few portions of this on a lunchtime. It comes in at around £1.00 in ASDA or sometimes they do the 2 for a pound, which in my book is a pretty reasonable price for something, which is as quick and as tasty as this dish is.

            I shall continue to try the pasta dishes my son's girlfriend inflicts on me but in future it will be as part of my main meal and NOT the main meal itself.

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              10.01.2009 00:32
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              Good value, easy to make meal

              I'm a huge pasta fan, I'll admit it. I don't eat red meat, and most of my meals revolve around bread, potatoes, pasta, or a combination of the three!

              So, really, Kraft Cheesy Pasta is a god-send for me - a pasta meal, easy to make, and ready in minutes!

              The product comes in a box, with dried pasta in, and a shacet of cheese sauce mixture. The only ingredients you have to add yourself are milk and butter.

              It is very simple to make - simply boil the pasta in water for a few minutes until soft, drain it, add the cheese sauce mixture, butter and milk and mix everything together!

              The pasta pieces are much smaller than usual pasta, and I find the powdered sauce sometimes gets stuck inside the pieces, which doesn't taste great!

              The overall taste of the meal is good, with a nice strong cheese sauce. I think it's a very much 'love it or hate it' taste as I've not found another pasta with a similar taste.

              The box makes more than enough for a meal for one - I can never finish it by myself! Or is great for 2 or 3 people to have as a side.

              Overall, a nice, quick easy meal to make, offering good value for money.

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                05.07.2008 12:07
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                a quick unhealthy filling meal

                I absolutely love pasta or rice meals especially the ones which are really quick and easy to make. I normally make pasta dishes from scratch; but sometimes I really don't have the time and energy to do so and I opt for a quick fix pasta in a packet. One of my all time favourite quick fix pasta dishes has to be Kraft Cheesey Pasta because it is delicious and tasty. I always make sure I have a few boxes of Kraft Cheesey Pasta in the cupboard because it takes minutes to prepare and it can be eaten on its own or as a part of a main meal. I love the fact that Kraft Cheesey Pasta is really cheap to buy and only costs about 80 pence per 190 gram box from Tesco's or ASDA.

                The Kraft Cheesey Pasta is really easy to find in most supermarkets; you will most probably find it in the rice and pasta aisles. The Kraft Cheesey Pasta is supplied in a tall thin rectangular cardboard box which is mainly red in colour and boasts the Kraft trade mark near the top of the packet. On the front of the box it also states that the product is in fact Cheesey Pasta and there is also a picture of a plate full of the Cheesey Pasta so as you get some sort of an idea of what the Cheesey Pasta is going to resemble once it has been prepared and cooked. On the back of the box of Kraft Cheesey Pasta you will find all of the nutritional values as well as the ingredients which make up the Kraft Cheesey Pasta. There is also very clear and precise cooking instructions printed on the back of the packet which are really easy and simple to follow. You have the option to choose from two different cooking methods, which are on the hob in a pan of boiling water or alternatively in the microwave.

                The Kraft Cheesey Pasts is quite lightweight and easy to store as it hardly takes up much room in the cupboards; the best thing about it is the fact that it has a good shelf life. The packet which I have in the cupboard just now doesn't go out of date until September 2009. The long shelf life of the Kraft Cheesey Pasta means that I can buy quite a few packets of it and store them in the cupboard and not have to worry about using them up quickly, I normally stock up on a few boxes of this when they are on special offer in Tesco's. Once you open the box of Kraft Cheesey Pasta you will find two things, a large foil sachet which contains the powdered cheese sauce and lots of little pasta shapes. The pasta shapes are quite long and tube shaped and resemble a yellow colour. Obviously the pasta shapes are hard when you open the box but they do become soft in texture once you have cooked them in boiling salted water (like you would do with any other pasta).

                Cooking the Kraft Cheesey Pasta couldn't be easier and simpler and even the most inexperienced of cooks could manage this alone without causing havoc in the kitchen. Basically before you start cooking your Cheesey Pasts you have to decide which method of coking you would prefer, wither it be in the microwave or on the hob. Personally I prefer to cook the Cheesey Pasta on the Hob as it tastes a lot nicer and the pasta has a softer texture. If find that cooking the pasta in the microwave gives the pasta a somewhat rubbery and elastic texture. If you are cooking the Cheesey Pasta on the hob then all you have to do is add the pasta to a pan of salted boiling water and simmer for approximately 6 minutes or so or until the pasta is soft. Once the pasts is soft you have to drain off the excess water in a colander and then place the pasta back into the pot which you used to cook it. Then you have to add 50g of butter or margarine and then 50ml of milk to the pan. I normally don't measure out the milk and butter quantities, I just add a tablespoonful of butter then add a splash of milk, mainly because it is quicker then measuring out the specified quantities. Once your milk and butter is added to the pan stir them until the butter is fully melted into the milk and it starts to simmer. Then add the cheese sauce and stir continuously until you have a lovely thick smooth cheese sauce; then serve.

                If you decide to cook the pasta in the microwave then all you have to do is pour 850ml of boiling water into a microwavable container and then add the pasta and a pinch of salt. Cook the pasta uncovered on full power for five minutes (stirring half way through so as the pasta doesn't stick together) or until the pasta is soft. Drain of the excess water in a colander and return to the bowl and add the milk, butter and the contents of the foil sachet containing the cheese powdered sauce ands stir well. Once fully combined place bowl back into the microwave and cook on full power for one minute before serving. Cooking the pasts in the microwave takes the same amount of time as cooking it on the hob however cooking the pasta on the hob gives it a better texture and taste.

                Once your pasta is fully cooked you will have a plate full of soft textured pasta shapes which are covered in a gorgeous, thick orange coloured sauce. The cheese sauce has a very rich and creamy smell, the worst thing about the pasta sauce is the fact that it smells horrible and sort of reminds me of old socks, but this shouldn't put you off as it smells a whole lot worse than it tastes. The pasta has a lovely creamy taste which is accompanied with a very rich cheese flavour which tastes similar to that of strong cheddar cheese; although it does have a slightly sharper tang to it. I think that Kraft Cheesey Pasta has a better taste to that of similar branded cheese pasts products as the cheese flavouring is a lot stronger and tastier. Some of the other similar cheese pasts dishes have really bland cheese flavouring and taste more creamy than Cheesey; but Kraft have got the balance of creaminess and cheesiness perfect in this product.

                Kraft Cheesey Pasta isn't exactly one of the healthiest quick fix meals available; but it is very quick and easy to prepare and most importantly it tastes delicious. On average a 100g serving of the Kraft Cheesey pasta contains 230 calories, 11.5g of fat, 7.3 g of saturated fat, and 0.3g of salt. This product is quite high in fat especially if you are eating a whole packet to yourself, however if you are serving two or more people with the Kraft Cheesey Pasta as an accompaniment to a main meal then the calorie content wont be as high as you are each having a smaller portion.

                I really like the fact that the Cheesey Pasta can be served as an accompaniment to a main meal, I normally serve it instead of chips or potatoes with a meal as it really does make a satisfying and filling substitute. You can also jazz up the Cheesey pasta a little by adding some of your own ingredients such as diced ham, onions, chives, mushrooms etc.

                Cheesey Pasta is a great snack or an accompaniment to a main meal as it is really satisfying and really tasty.; the best thing about the Cheesey pasta is the fact that is fairly reasonably priced and you can get a box of it for around the eighty pence price mark. You can purchase Kraft Cheesey Pasta from a wide range of different stores such as ASDA, Tesco, Morrison's, Spar, Somerfield etc. I'm sure you can get them from just about everywhere although the price will differ depending on where you decide to purchase it from. Some places may also have the Cheesey Pasta on special offer so it is a good idea to keep your eyes peeled and take advantage of the special offers when their on. I have often been able to buy two packets for a pound in Tesco, or get them half price or buy one get one free.

                For more information on Kraft or any of their other products then have a look at their website which is www.kraft.co.uk


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