The pros: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Mac and Cheese is new and the only gluten free pasta option currently in the freezer.
The cons: It still misses the mark compared to the non gluten free varieties.
So, I’m not gluten free. But when it comes to food reviewing that may or may not be a good thing. I can eat everything. Which means I can compare it to a product that it is mimicking.
Now, back when I tried Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Egg Fettuccine I was blown away by how close it was to its gluten carrying sibling. They absolutely nailed it.
Mac and cheese however it a bit more difficult to nail.
If you are making mac and cheese from scratch gluten will show up in two different ways: the pasta and the roux.
So, TJ’s had to figure out a way to avoid both of these.
The biggest flaw here is the pasta. It’s close, but not nearly the same level as the gluten free fettuccine. But those are in different aisles: frozen vs refrigerated.
The pasta seemed a bit mushy for my liking and texturally different. I’m also willing to blame the fact that I used my microwave on this too.
And once again, I’m not sure if it was the microwave but the sauce did not seem quite as thick as I would have liked on a mac and cheese. Mine seemed a bit more watery than some other varieties that I’ve had.
Not inedible, just different.
As far as the cheese blend goes, it is on par with the other full fat varieties sold at Traders. Plus, the calorie count will remind you that this is just as caloric as almost everything else in that section (with the exception of the Reduced Guilt Mac and Cheese).
Was it my favorite? No. Does it have to be? No.
This product fills a noticeable gap for many people. And for that I applaud Trader Joe’s for putting this item out there.
So my decision here is split.
If you are gluten free-This is a no brainer. Try it. Enjoy it!
If you aren’t gluten free- it’s ok to skip. You might miss the texture here.
For $3.49 it’s priced in line with the other frozen mac and cheese options.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Mac and Cheese:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Fully cooked and out of the microwave:
A closer look at this product:
Would I buy this again? For me personally, I would not buy Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Mac and Cheese again. But that is because I can eat anything I want. It didn’t nail the texture. But if I was sensitive to gluten, then yes, this is a good option. Not perfect, but a good option.
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Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!