Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons Macaroni Cheese

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons Macaroni Cheese - Front Packaging

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons Macaroni Cheese – Front Packaging

Ok so I look like I’m addicted to Macaroni Cheese, I’ve reviewed three so far. On 11th August 2014 I reviewed Asda Macaroni Cheese, I wasn’t overly impressed with it, in fact my words were that I “felt a bit let down by this as I was quite looking forward to it”. I then reviewed Tesco Everyday Value Macaroni Cheese on 22nd September 2014, I said that there was a topping missing and that it needed “lots more seasoning needed to be added to this to make it tasty”. So let us see if things can get better with this one.

I’m not going to lie my photographs are horrific of this ready meal, Greg would say my photographs are always horrific lol, I can’t take a good photo to save my life.

The picture I took of the nutritional information is very blurred, so I’ve taken a screen shot of it below, this picture also includes the ingredients.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons Macaroni Cheese - Nutritional Information and Ingredients from Morrisons website

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons Macaroni Cheese – Nutritional Information and Ingredients from Morrisons website

The ingredient list didn’t throw up anything that I hadn’t seen in any other lists but I do worry about eating something that is called “Nicotinic Acid” and “Thiamin”… what are these, well I’ve decided to tweet Morisons, and the other Ready Meal manufacturers that I review to see what they say…. let’s wait and see what they say!

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons Macaroni Cheese - Cooking information from Morrisons website

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons Macaroni Cheese – Cooking information from Morrisons website

The screen shot above is taken from the Morrisons website and shows that the cooking instructions are clear and include my cronky old microwave. On the packet the instructions are clear and laid out well, including the oven instructions which is always a bonus.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons Macaroni Cheese - Back Packaging

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons Macaroni Cheese – Back Packaging

The picture above shows the cooking instructions taken from the actual packet…. as opposed to downloaded from the net. It shows how clear the packaging was and how easy the cooking instructions were to follow.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons Macaroni Cheese - Ready to eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons Macaroni Cheese – Ready to eat

You’ll remember I reviewed Asda’s Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac and Cheese on on 22nd July this year. I gave that one a 6 out of 10, it was marked down because it had to go in the oven, however, it had great taste and a warming level of heat from the spices and the Chorizo.6 stars

This one too had nice warmth to it, warmth that was comforting. There was a texture on top which I actually thought was breadcrumbs but it wasn’t. The sauce was cheesey and rich and just what you’d want on a cold winter’s night. The heat came from the mustard which added a good depth of flavour to it, my only real negative was that I thought the texture could have been improved. Like some of the previous Macaroni Cheese I’ve reviewed it was a bit congealed and claggy. However, it was still a very tasty meal.

My next recipe Sausage Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

My next recipe Sausage Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

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Rich

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake In It's Packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake

It wasn’t planned this way but keeping up with the six nations theme mentioned in my Comforting Classics Shepherd’s Pie recipe this review could be dedicated to the Italian Rugby team and indeed the guy with one of the coolest names in rugby Martin Castrogiovanni.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake In It's Packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake In It’s Packet

I bought this ready meal from Tesco recently it’s not part of a range I’ve had before so I thought it was worth a go…. especially as it was on offer lol. The box describes it as

Penne pasta in a tomato sauce topped with mature cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese.

I had my concerns though, you know what I’m like about choking, and my teeth are useless so I didn’t know if I’d cope with stringy mozzarella (I’m 50 shades of falling apart I know) but I thought I’d give it a go.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake Cooking Instructions

As you can see the cooking instructions are fairly straight forward and include oven cooking which is ideal for someone who hasn’t got a microwave…. wait was that just a stupid thing to say…. I think so!! As you know my microwave is 700W so I cooked it for 6 minutes, I’m not sure if that was what Tesco would recommend but it worked for me.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake Nutritional Information and Ingredients

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake Nutritional Information and Ingredients

Above are the ingredients and the nutritional information, this dish wash enjoyable. It didn’t set my world alight but it was comforting, tomatoey and cheesy, I had to add salt and pepper because there wasn’t enough for my personal taste. The pasta wasn’t too chewy, which is always a bonus in my eyes.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Ready To Be Eaten

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Ready To Be Eaten

Two negatives really, the first was the cheese it tasted fine but I didn’t really see the purpose of the two cheeses, I don’t think the combination of the two added anything to the dish. My other observation, and probably the biggest is that it was all a bit claggy, it all stuck together in a lump as opposed to be a saucy pasta dish. You may be able to notice from then picture above that it was quite congealed, I noticed when writing this review that there was Pectin included in it. Pectin is a natural gelling agent which can be found in many different fruits and vegetables such as citrus fruits. The word Pectin comes from the greek word for congealed or curdled, It is often used in jams and jellies to help them set, I cannot see why it was used here and I think the consistency of this dish was the only downfall.

6 starsI’ve given this a strong six out of ten, I’d eat it again if it was in the freezer and I can say I did enjoy it but it wasn’t my favourite. I don’t think I’d overly rush back to buy it again. As things stand I’ll be reviewing another ready meal next Tuesday but who knows…. that may change, if you’ve got a better idea let me know! Before then I’ll be posting my “Stunning Spiced Sausage Stew”, honestly I can guarantee that with valentine’s day coming around the corner, that recipe will be one to have in your back pocket.

If you want to keep on the Italian/Mediterranean theme why not try my Mediterranean Roasted Red Pepper Soup, it’s a great quick and easy recipe that texts next to no effort to make and is ideal for a cold winter’s nights