I know not everybody can bear to eat pasta that comes out of a tin. But me, well sometimes I feel like slobbing it and and cans are quick, convenient and they have a very long use by date on them so you can buy them and stick them in the cupboard and they will always be ready if you feel like a cosy supper. Now I'm not saying that canned pasta or tins of macaroni cheese like I am reviewing today ever tastes as good as the one that you make yourself or that you buy from the fridge in the supermarket but it is much much cheaper. I only paid 45p for a can of Tesco macaroni cheese. And it is ready to eat after a quick heat.
This macaroni cheese isn't the best I've tasted. It isn't as cheesy for one thing, not by smell nor by taste. The source is quite a lot thicker than I expected so when you try and take it out of the can, it comes out with a glug glug glug. I don't like the macaroni cheese with a really runny sauce myself and there is enough to coat the pasta nicely.
I did find that the taste was a little bit on the salty side and when I read the label I found that half of the can does give you two grams of salt which is quite a lot to be honest but I also noticed that half a can give you 7.5 grams of fat which was actually less than some of the other canned macaroni cheese that I was looking at in Tesco. I'm not saying this is a healthy food because you wouldn't expect something with lots of cheese to be low fat and because of the salt content.
If this just tasted and smelled a bit less cheesy than others I wouldn't mind because it's also cheaper and ready after a few minutes heating, but to me the texture when its hot is not very nice. It's a bit too slimy for me and it doesn't look as nice, bit pasty and anaemic looking.
So if you wasn't on a really tight budget and you do normally like can pasta I would suggest spending a little bit more maybe from to buy one from Heinz. This one is just about ok but I probably wouldn't buy it again.
I don't really like tinned pasta but whilst in Tesco I picked up a tin of their macaroni cheese as my daughters love cheesey pasta and at 58p a tin I thought why not.
I got it home and because it was there they wanted it for tea and as my eldest was going out to a school disco and had to have a quick tea I agreed. The tin looks slightly different than the one dooyoo is showing. It shows the macaroni round half the tin and has a green square over part of it whch says TESCO Macaroni Cheese. The other half of the tin has how to cook it and the ingredients etc.
I opened the tin with a tin opener and could smell the cheese sauce. It smelt processed and artificial. I heated it up in a pan and cooked some toast for them. I tasted it once it was cooked and there was no way I would have eaten it, it was so artificial and I wondered about the additives in it and checked the ingredients. It didn't seem too bad.
My daughters loved it to them it was cheesey pasta.
I have since bought this a few times as it is a quick cheap tea for the girls if they are not eating with us. Although when I cook it for them now I also cook some mixed frozen veg which I have in the freezer and then mix it in. This way it is healthier and and more filling as they just have the tin between them. I find that even when I add the veg the sauce covers it well enough.
The tin is a 410g one, and if the macaroni isn't all eaten at once it will keep for 2 days if kept in the fridge.
Half a tin contains 185 calories and 0.7g of sodium so quite a lot of salt but if you don't have a lot of processed food or add salt to any cooking it isn't bad once in a while.
A cheap handy tin to have in the cupoard. 3 stars as my girls like it but if it was just my taste it would get 1 star.
On a recent trip to Tesco my wife and I made an awful mistake, our granddaughter loves macaroni cheese and although I do make my own, she eats it so often that we regularly buy tins of Heinz macaroni cheese which I make for her and then grate some cathedral city cheese on to and she loves it.
In Tesco the other day and I happened to notice that their own tinned macaroni cheese was even cheaper than usual making it about 35p per tin cheaper than Heinz, as we were buying three tins this was a saving of over a pound and one that I couldn't resist, sadly it turned out to be false economy though.
I opened a tin of this two nights ago for my granddaughter and didn't like the smell straight away, i then went on to start heating it in the pan and the smell got worse, it smelled like old sweaty socks, my hope was that it tasted better and my granddaughter would eat it.
She took two forkfuls before announcing that it didn't taste right and she didn't want any more, she said it felt wet which I found a strange statement until I tried it for myself.
Not wet but slippery is how I would describe it, it slithered about in my mouth and was difficult to chew as it felt so slimy I almost gagged.
The cheese flavour sauce wasn't great either, it tasted very artificial and almost powdery and the smell of it was absolutely awful and very off putting, it also looked very pale in colour and just not at all appetising.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone under any circumstances, it is best to make your own macaroni cheese but if you must buy tinned then it has to be Heinz.
I always try not to buy lunch when I'm at work because although £2.00 is not a lot of money, add it up every working day & it works out at over £2000 a year. With this in mind, I always eat sandwiches. That is unless me or my wife could be bothered to make them. When this happens I have a tin of some sort of pasta. This is one of the tins I eat.
Tesco's Macarone & Cheese has Macarone Pasta in a Cheese sauce. It can be cooked in a Microwave in around three minutes & is pretty filling. ! tin can feed one adult on its own as a light meal. It tends to cast around the 50p mark at my local Tesco.
I think it tastes fine. The pasta which has been pre cooked is soft & nice & the cheese sauce has a mild & subtle flavour. It's pretty runny & doesn't seem to have any other stretch a cheese would have. There used to be a type of this that Tesco sold that had chunks of Ham in it that was a little nicer although my branch has stopped selling this.
I would be the first to admit that this is probably not as nice as a home made Macarone Cheese. The sauce is OK & it doesn't taste bad but it is very runny & I'm not entirely sure it even has real cheese in it. Lots of us however have neither the time, ability or will to make a proper one. For those of you reading this review who fall into that catagory, give it a try. It's really not as bad as all the other reviews on here.
My boyfriend has a lot of wonderful qualities but frankly being a good cook is not one of them. Which is why it was with some trepidation that I accepted his invitation to go 'round to his for dinner last night. On the menu? Tesco Macaroni and Cheese served with oven chips.
The way my partner prepared this was to first heat it up in the microwave and then grate a bit of extra cheese to go on top and put it in the oven for a few minutes with the oven chips. I think this worked well as the cheese on top got nice and browned and the macaroni on top also dried out a bit and gained some texture.
Perhaps it was my low expectations but strangely enough I didn't find this tinned macaroni and cheese to be all that bad. Yes, the pasta is overcooked and no the aroma may not be the most tempting but I would say this is a palatable dinner nonetheless. It is rich and creamy and there is plenty of cheese sauce with it. I also think that at around 200 calories per half a tin this is probably not as decadent as my homemade macaroni and cheese as I shudder to think how many calories that probably has.
I also prefer this type of Macaroni and Cheese to the kind that comes in a box with a sachet of cheesy powder that you make by boiling the pasta and mixing it with the powder and some butter. I find that type of Mac and Cheese very chemically tasting while this one tasted much more subtle and natural.
As this was bought for me I don't know how much it cost but I can't imagine it would be much. Also it is very filling and a half a tin with oven chips would be a filling and economical meal for one person I think.
I am generally the type to cook most things from scratch myself (I may have a lot of bad qualities but I like to think that at least one thing I can do is cook!). I love to make macaroni and cheese by boiling up pasta, making a cheese sauce, stirring them together, grating a bit of extra cheese on top and throwing the whole thing in the oven. I don't find the process too difficult so I will not personally be buying this product. However, next time I am invited 'round when this tinned macaroni and cheese is being served, I will go willingly.
I love macaroni cheese, but I'm usually far too lazy to prepare the 'proper' version.
On a particularly lazy day I decided to try the Tesco's own tinned version of macaroni cheese. I wish I hadn't bothered...
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The packaging is as shown on the dooyoo picture. The label contains some strange artistic attempt at a villa in the countryside; I wonder if this is supposed to imply that it is in anyway an equivalent to Italian pasta?
I'll get straight to the point; this stuff was terrible!
On opening the tin, I was greeted by a strange smell; probably best described as 'mildly cheesy feet'. Not very appetising, but nonetheless, there was always the possibility that the smell was deceptive.
Pouring the macaroni into a bowl presented me with a stodgy mass of macaroni shapes, swimming in a cheese gruel.
The macaroni was pale and swollen (probably due to the watery nature of the sauce), and didn't look any more appealing than it smelled.
After heating it up (with a waning hope of a miraculously tasty transformation), I popped a fork full into my mouth.
~ SO, HOW IT IT? ~
Oh hang on a minute, I meant "YUCK"!
The pasta itself was way too soft and stodgy, it just seemed to fall apart into a mushy mess. I don't think the consistency of the pasta was helped by the watery-thin sauce accompaniment. It had obviously just soaked into the already overcooked pasta, making it somewhat reminiscent of the texture of baby food.
The taste was no better; the pasta was totally bland and reliant on the sauce for taste. However, the 'cheese' sauce tasted as bad as it smelled!
It reminded me of school cooking lessons, in which every sauce recipe we produced, seemed to taste of flour with vague hints of 'whatever' as an aftertaste.
I feel this is the perfect description of the sauce! It had an awful artificial cheese taste to it, along with a floury/watery texture. Plus to top it all, it seemed a little greasy. I'm sure you're salivating as you're reading this.
~ NUTRITION ~
Should you decide that you do wish to purchase this at a cost of 54p per can; the nutritional values per half a can serving are as follows:
Calories - 195
Sugar - 2.9g
Fat - 6g
Sat Fats - 1.9g
Salt - 1.5g (25% of your RDA for half a can!)
~ TO CONCLUDE ~
Whether you are a huge fan of macaroni cheese or not, I doubt this is going to impress either way.
Considering its poor taste, and lacking nutritional content, I'd recommend passing this one by altogether!
I have always been a huge fan of macaroni cheese, being a vegetarian it is a really easy meal and one that is readily available in all shops and corner shops.
I am normally spoilt as my Mum makes an excellent cheese sauce, but I have tried several ready made dishes which do compare to this.
I was going on a camping trip and decided to stock up on food that was easy to cook on a camping stove so that I did not have to spend too much money on food. I saw this and thought how easy it would be to cook, and it was cheap to.
Tesco Macaroni comes in a pretty can. It has a picture of the actual dish on the ouside and an Italian style landscape whcih makes you think it must taste really good, fresh and very cultured. The truth is very far from this!
Tesco Macaroni tinned cheese is absolutley disgusting. Cooking on the hob makes the sauce thick and sticky. The consistency is lumpy and terrible. The taste is even worse. the cheese tastes smelly and off putting and the pasta stodgy and cheewy, far from fresh and 'al dente'. At first I thought it was my cooking which had made this taste terrible so I gave it another shot in the microwave when I got home, and it tasted just as disgusting. It also has a lot of calories, which normally, if it tasted good would be a small price to pay, but this was not worth it and I would definitely not purchase this again.
My twelve year old granddaughter is absolutely obsessed with Macaroni Cheese, she'll eat it in any form from freshly made (a'la Nan as her mother hasn't the patience or time to be making fresh cheese sauce with three children to run around after) to frozen to tinned so I always try to have a tin of the Heinz brand in the cupboard in case she fancies a snack when she visits. I must have picked this Tesco Macaroni Cheese up by accident in the supermarket as when she asked for some today it was this I pulled out.
Now, personally I think any tinned pasta is foul and this one really takes the biscuit in foulness. Everything about it is awful; the sweaty sock aroma, the 'look what the dog's just brought up' appearance of it and the slimy greasy taste of the cheese sauce. It's just awful.
Heating is simple, a few minutes on the hob or you can microwave it until heated through. I'm not sure which method is best as the Macaroni Cheese is just as putrid whichever way you cook it, although in all honesty I'd say to microwave it if possible as the sticky cheese sauce will make a terrible mess of your saucepan that will need to be scraped off before washing it up in hot water! And it really is very rare that you will hear me recommending the microwave option of heating food!
As the pasta is heating I noticed a horrible smell invading my kitchen, I knew immediately that it was the cheese sauce warming through but the stink that comes off it is absolutely vile. It smells, as I mentioned above, of dirty socks and I cannot think of another way to emphasise just how revolting this meal smells. I was also not impressed as I tipped the cooked pasta onto my granddaughter's plate as the sauce is very thick and sticky looking with the whole pile of Macaroni Cheese looking very insipid and pale.
I sampled a couple of pieces of macaroni and believe me, a couple of pieces was plenty! The pasta is blatantly overcooked, it's very watery in flavour and has a revolting slimy and slippery consistency that tries to slip down your throat before you've even begun chewing it. The cheese sauce is equally bad in that it's very bland with little flavour to remind me of any cheese sauce I've ever tasted before, it smells cheesier than it tastes and is so awfully sticky that I felt my throat closing up in disgust as I swallowed the slimy pasta and sticky sauce.
I don't know how my granddaughter can eat ANY tinned Macaroni Cheese, but this one is the worst of the lot. It can't be good for you because it tastes so disgustingly synthetic and checking the nutritional information I can see it's not good for my waistline either with half a tin containing 195 calories and 6g of fat.