Mac & cheese is definitely one of our favorite comfort foods here at the Homestead, especially as a warm meal on a frigid, winter afternoon. This week we’ve been enjoying Amy’s Rice Mac & Cheese. Unlike Annie’s Rice Pasta & Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese that we reviewed in December, Amy’s comes frozen and can be cooked in the microwave in minutes, making it the perfect on-the-go lunch for busy days. And did I mention it’s delicious?
Amy’s Rice Mac & Cheese is made with certified organic rice macaroni and organic milk. It’s soy free and tree nut free, and it contains 0g trans fat, no added MSG, no preservatives, no GMOs, and no bioengineered ingredients. Amy’s assures that “all dairy ingredients are made with pasteurized, rBST hormone-free milk and do not contain animal enzymes or animal rennet.” No meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs, or peanuts are ever used in any Amy’s products, which means that this mac & cheese is vegetarian friendly as well.
Quick and Easy Prep and Cook Time
Amy’s Rice Macaroni & Cheese should be kept frozen until you are ready to prepare it. It can be cooked in a microwave, toaster oven, or conventional oven. The microwave is the quickest way to heat it up.
You open the box, remove the overwrap from the cardboard container, place uncovered on a tray in the microwave, and cook on high for 3-4 minutes.
Then stir the noodles.
Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes, and voila! A delicious gluten free lunch for you to enjoy.
Alternatively, you can preheat a conventional oven to 375°F. Remove the overwrap and place tray on a cookie sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes or until heated throughout. I found that the mac & cheese did not burn as easily when cooked in the oven.
The cooking instructions should be used only as a guide. Ovens vary so it’s important to keep a close watch on your noodles to make sure they don’t burn. The cardboard container is sturdy enough to eat out of so you don’t even have to worry about washing dishes.
The only drawback is that Amy’s rice mac & cheese comes in a package of one that is only enough to feed one person. We recommend buying several packages if you have a big family or are planning to serve the mac & cheese for dinner.
Even though this mac & cheese is frozen, it has a wonderful homemade taste. The cheese sauce is thick, creamy, and smooth with a subtle cheddar flavor. The rice noodles do not fall apart. They are tender and have no back taste and blend well with the cheese. We love how convenient it is to make this mac & cheese and definitely recommend it to all of our friends on a gluten-free diet.
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