Mac and cheese meets French onion soup. Why did they wait so long to come up with this combination? And why is this a seasonal item? After a really cruel 2020, I think we all need some amazing flavor combinations to look forward to in 2021.
And yes, if you can't tell, this is one of them.
But it isn't without its flaws. If you were to take a bowl of your favorite French Onion soup and not dig terribly deep into that bowl to go beyond the crusty bread, then pretty much that is much what you are getting here.
But for $4.99 you are actually getting some decent value. This is one of the first mac and cheese product that is over 1 serving. I think it is fair to say you can get 2 servings from this one box and actually feel full.
Perhaps it was the little chunks of crusty bread on the top.
Once I saw the crusty bread I opted to skip the microwave directions and it went straight into the oven.
What came out was pretty good. I had my mom and sister try it and it got thumbs up from all of them. Each bite was cheesy with a hint of onions. There was a nice crunch from the bread topping.
But all around the one complaint remained: where are the onions?
Yes, onions are mentioned on the ingredients but are way further down on the ingredient list than expected. And trust me, we were all looking for them. It was a hint, but not as oniony as we were all hoping for.
However, the pasta is cooked well and the sauce is Swiss like what you would expect with a nice bowl of French onion soup. And as far as the calorie count goes, this isn't too bad considering it is mac and cheese.
But overall, this was solid especially if you are on the go and need a solid dinner in not a lot of time.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I liked Trader Joe's French Onion Mac and Cheese very much. I was wishing for a jar of caramelized onions to stir in, but overall this was pretty solid.
And yes, I'm back. 2020 went out in a way that only 2020 can. My husband quarantined at our house. The baby and I thought we would be at my mom's house for 10 days (we were fine and healthy). Nope, that 10 days turned into 6 weeks, so we are happily reunited under one roof again.
My review of 2020- 0 stars. Do not buy. Don't recommend. Ever.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
A visual run down
The box of Trader Joe's French Onion Mac and Cheese:
The nutritional information
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
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Trader Joe's French Onion Mac and Cheese
Product Name: Trader Joe's French Onion Mac and Cheese
Product Description: Trader Joe's French Onion Mac and Cheese is a new but limited run dinner.
Trader Joe's French Onion Mac and Cheese is new but a limited time offering.
- Actually is 2 nice sized portions
- This combination works well.
- Seasonal- I'd like to see this one available year round.
- Not enough onions