Namaste Foods Say Cheez Pasta Meal -- 9 oz
Isn't Mac and Cheese but Very Interesting...
I bought three of these in good faith and the following is my experience thus far... The product comes with elbow pasta and a 'cheese' packet.
The pasta is rice pasta and is not gritty, rubbery, or falls apart when you cook it. The kind of pasta you could put in soup and it will keep its shape. Typical gluten-free rice pasta.
The cheese sauce is richly colored by turmeric giving that bright orange-yellow color most would expect to see from macaroni and cheese, and heavily flexed with hemp seeds that come out a dark orange color. I didn't realize they were seeds at first and kept wondering why the packet was not 'dissolving'. The sauce is not thick and creamy it is just a light sauce. Doesn't taste anything like cheese, but perhaps, possesses the sharp hints of cheddar? It was a pleasantly flavored sauce but very salty.
The first package I made with the intent of having macaroni and cheese for dinner. It was kind of a flop. The sauce was soaked up by the pasta so it became just colored freckled pasta. Kinda dry and sticky texture-wise. I couldn't bear the salty taste and abandoned ship into the freezer where there was dairy-free ice cream waiting.
The second package I made closely to the recipe on the side of the package. It was a curried squash soup. I used yellow-necked squash as a substitute for butternut or whatever it had called for? Anyway, the thick soup was very good and I ate the whole pot over the course of the day. I enjoyed it.
The third package I have not used yet but am thinking that a cold savory salad might become of it or I might try to thicken the sauce with something like tofu or something? I'm thinking about it.
Would I recommend this? Yes and no. No to mac and cheese fans, save your money. Yes, to experimental food eaters who might get a bright idea from it.
September 6, 2013
My family enjoys this pasta. We mix it with venison and it makes a terrific meal. I ordered more to take camping this summer.
May 24, 2013
I did not care for the taste. It was very salty and the cheese powder did not disolve well, and the cheese taste was a little funky smelling.
On the plus side, I appreciate companies that are attempting to make easy to use processed foods that accommodate food allergies.
November 7, 2011
Nothing can replace mac & cheese, but this comes very close. I really like the taste, and don't get the gassy soy cheese feeling from it like most mac & cheese copies. It doesn't taste like cheese, but is a close second to the real thing.
October 16, 2011
Better than most other non-dairy varieties.
The flavor of these is very good. It's almost a little too salty for my taste as I don't usually buy processed type foods, but compared to other vegan cheeses sauce it's great! The noodles are very tender and not too starchy and the sauce it not nutritional yeast tasting. However, I do question the ingredients that are listed under natural non dairy cheese flavor. When companies don't disclose all their ingredients you may as well assume your eating some form of msg or animal product.
September 16, 2011