Last night, my wife and I finally made that chicken that had been sitting in our refrigerator since Thursday (it took a few days to thaw). And, since we needed something to go with it, we looked for some side dishes in our pantry.
My kids and I were both getting burned out on potatoes so we ended up making a box of Our Family Spirals and Cheese. I didn’t know it at the time, but they ended up being my favorite part of the meal (with the exception of the green beans that came out of my garden).
Since we do have two young kids, we do go through a lot of macaroni and cheese or similar products. In general, I have learned most versions that involve a powdered cheese aren’t as good as varieties that have a cheese sauce. This is especially true of cheaper brands. So, when I saw this one had the powdered cheese, I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from it.
However, and I’m not 100 percent sure if my wife did something different making these or what, the Our Family Spirals and Cheese were actually much better than expected. Even though the cheese sauce was made from a powdered form, it was almost as thick as most that come with an already made sauce that is just melted onto the pasta. And, unlike many cheap brands, it didn’t have a powdery taste to it. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought my wife simply melted cheese over some pasta she found in the pantry.
I have to say I was even impressed with the spiral shape of the pasta. Normally, this isn’t something that is going to be a big deal for me and I was a bit disappointed the pasta wasn’t quite as big as it looked on the box. But, in this particular situation, the spirals gave it a bit of a fun theme that both my kids and I appreciated.
I will say, however, that I can’t claim the pasta was perfect. The spirals seemed to stick together in clumps, which was somewhat annoying (especially when it came to my youngest daughter trying to eat it) and, while good, I don’t think it was the best brand I have tried.
But, for the price, I do think the Our Family Spirals and Cheese exceeded my expectations. I would gladly buy this again and do recommend it; especially if you have young children.