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Annie's Homegrown Gluten-Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar Mac & Cheese, 6-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2006
Flavor Name: Cheddar Mac & CheeseSize Name: 6 Ounce (Pack of 12)Verified Purchase
This may not be "Kraft," but in my opinion it is better than the other gluten free mac 'n cheese mixes out there. It isn't terribly appropriate to compare it to a gluten box mix as those who buy this product do so because they CAN'T eat the gluten box mix. I like this product for a fast, tasty gluten free meal- I add coarse ground black pepper and vietnamese hot sauce, sometimes sprinkling chopped tomatoes and/or red peppers on top as a garnish. Of course homemade mac 'n cheese tastes better, but for a night when there's no time to do anything but turn on a burner and wait, this is a great product. (Amy's frozen mac n' cheese is also a winner- but avoid frozen glutino at all costs, yech.)
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2007
Flavor Name: Cheddar Mac & CheeseSize Name: 6 Ounce (Pack of 12)
I usually let the noodles cook a bit longer, since rice noodles can be kind of tough. I add the two tablespoons of butter (or a bit more), a smidgen more than 1/4 cup milk, and about a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. I put some salt and pepper on it and it is much better than the original mix and takes about the same amount of time.

I like the idea of adding a bit of spice to it as well and will try that next time.

This cannot be compared to the Kraft mix (and I loved that as much as anybody), but if you have to eat gluten free, this is a good substitute when you add some more flavor to it.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2010
Flavor Name: Cheddar Mac & CheeseSize Name: 6 Ounce (Pack of 12)
I don't have a gluten intolerance - just trying to cut back on the intake of wheat/gluten...and sugar, but that's another story;) so my body feels less bloated, unhealthy and lethargic due to wheat. With that said, I do know the differences in taste between wheat pastas, rice, quinoa, corn...etc. Personally, I have come to love the taste of non-wheat pastas over wheat, with the exception of corn flour, which isn't similar enough to wheat to fool my taste buds. Annie's does a fantastic job with this rice flour product, giving it a consistency and flavor akin to Kraft mac and cheese. What makes this better is the cheese, which tastes far yummier than any boxed mac & cheese I have ever had. Also, it's real cheese, with as few bizarre ingredients as possible.

For those who like to see ingredients, here is a comparison (and please note I am not a nutritionist - just writing a friendly review:):

Kraft Mac & Cheese:
Cheese sauce mix ingredients: whey (milk protein), milk protein concentrate, milk, milkfat and cheese culture, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, sodium phosphate and calcium phosphate, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, citric acid, lactic acid and enzymes.

Annie's Rice Pasta & Cheddar: cheddar cheese (cultured pasturized milk, salt, non-animal enzymes), whey, buttermilk, salt, cream, natural flavor, natural sodium phosphate, annatto extract for natural color.

*wiki annatto extract: Annatto coloring is produced from the reddish pericarp or pulp which surrounds the seed of the achiote (Bixa orellana L.). It is used in many natural cheeses (e.g., Cheddar, Red Leicester, Gouda (cheese) and Brie), margarine, butter, rice, smoked fish, and custard powder.

Annie's also has less sodium and sugars, which I am grateful for.

Also, Annie's does make another rice pasta mac and cheese - it's a deluxe box. This is what I would compare to Velveeta - for you lovers out there. It's the ooey gooey cheese that is thicker. Personally, I detest Velveeta, so the deluxe isn't as awesome as the simple Rice Pasta & Cheddar. But the deluxe IS better than macaroni with Velveeta because the consistency of the cheese isn't ridiculous overbearing and throat-clogging as Velveeta. I swear, I always felt like I would suffocate eating that stuff!

I definitely recommend this product to those with allergies, and intolerance, or those like myself who are looking for ways to significantly reduce heat intake. My entire family has now switched from Kraft over to this product (and they didn't do it for health reasons - they simply prefer the taste!)

It's a bit more pricey, I'll give you that. But for a hint - do check Target occasionally. They sell Annie's pastas and some amazing organic bunny fruit snacks - all of which go on sale quite often (I just purchased Rice Pasta & Cheddar for $1 a box!) If only the prices were always so kind;)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2007
Flavor Name: Cheddar Mac & CheeseSize Name: 6 Ounce (Pack of 12)
At 33, I was hit with a sudden-onset (over the course of a month) wheat intolerance. I've always loved good food, have become an accomplished cook, and mostly cook from scratch. But...good ol' Kraft Mac & Cheese has been a childhood favourite that I've never stopped loving. When the wheat intolerance came along, I thought I'd never get to enjoy my occasional Mac fix again, but then I stumbled across this! It's received some criticism in other reviews here, but my guess they come mostly from people who don't have to eat wheat-free and either (a) aren't used to the slightly different flavour of the foods or (b) don't know how to prepare these foods properly (ie the cooking times/what to look for when preparing rice pasta), with the necessary tweaking. I thought this was delicious, worked well without a lot of doctoring, and was as close to my childhood favourite as I ever thought I'd get again. If you're like me, & thought you'd never get to enjoy that old Mac & Cheese standby, you'll love this!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2007
Flavor Name: Cheddar Mac & CheeseSize Name: 6 Ounce (Pack of 12)
I have reviewed several gluten free products and this is the best gluten free mac & cheese I have found. I found this at my local health food store, about the only place I shop now that I have to eat gluten free, and loved it. When I saw it on Amazon by the case (and $10 off to boot) I was excited. Annie's also makes frozen, microwaveable mac & cheese that is *very* good...it really just depends on whether you are used to the frozen/baked kind or the kind out of a box. It seems that Annie's makes a great line of products and I would try any of them.

Great product and I appreciate Amazon stocking quality, good tasting gluten free items like this.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Flavor Name: Cheddar Mac & CheeseSize Name: 6 Ounce (Pack of 12)Verified Purchase
My son developed gluten intolerance at 16. He knows what food is supposed to taste like. This is his favorite pasta. I'm very happy Amazon makes it easy for families with celiacs to find "normal" tasting food.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2010
Flavor Name: Creamy CheddarSize Name: 11 Ounce (Pack of 6)
This product just came out in my local grocery/health food store. I have bought the original Annie's Homegrown Gluten Free Mac&Cheese for my son who is Gluten intolerant. He has always enjoyed it and we as a family ate it as well. We would just add extra cheese to make it creamier but now we don't have to do that with this new product. It is very creamy and taste as close to regular Mac&Cheese that you can get from a box. It's also great because it contains almost twice as much as the other kind and since it's not a powder mix the ease allows a simple,quick dinner for my always,ever so demanding four-year old. So this gets a thumbs up from a spunky toddler. Also,we like to add things like left over taco meat or tuna to add varity to the dish. We love Annie's products!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2011
Flavor Name: Creamy CheddarSize Name: 11 Ounce (Pack of 6)
This mac and cheese is creamier than the regular gf mac and cheese. And I LOVE more cheese! Make sure that you cook the noodles until soft and tender, or they will be very chewy. The cheese for this mac and cheese is an actual cheese sauce, not a powder. Which saves some time if you are short on it. Overall, very good, and I even hope Annie's comes out with an even cheesier mac and cheese! :)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 22, 2009
Flavor Name: Cheddar Mac & CheeseSize Name: 6 Ounce (Pack of 12)Verified Purchase
This is the perfect comfort food for those of us who cannot eat gluten. I let the water (along with olive oil and salt) come to a rolling boil, dropped in the noodles, stirred until it came back to a rolling boil, and let it go for ten minutes stirring occasionally. I drained the noodles. While they were draining, I mixed 1/4 cup water, some butter, and the sauce packet in the pan until blended. I then tossed the noodles into the sauce and mixed. Perfection. It was just like Kraft, only way better. In fact, it was so good, I ate the entire box in one sitting. I ate it again the next day. This is becoming an addiction.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2010
Flavor Name: Creamy CheddarSize Name: 11 Ounce (Pack of 6)Verified Purchase
Finally a GOOD GF mac and cheese! I don't usually leave reviews but i HAD to for this! It's just like the real thing!
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