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Rice pasta shells (white and brown rice flour), cheddar cheese (cultured pasteurized milk, salt, non-animal enzymes), whey, butter, nonfat milk, salt, sodium phosphate.
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Why You’ll Love Gluten-Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
Mac and cheese isn’t a privilege. It should be enjoyed by all. Which is exactly what Annie Withey had in mind when creating Annie’s Homegrown Gluten-Free Rice Pasta and Cheddar mix, one of the brand’s best-selling items. Instead of traditional white flour, Annie’s uses brown rice to make these tasty shells, which are topped with 100 percent real creamy cheese from cows that have not been treated with growth hormones such as rBST.
Not only is Annie’s creation a wholesome take on comfort food, but it’s also comforting to know the high standards put into each box.
- It’s made in the U.S. using dairy from cruelty-free animals, which are raised by farmers that have been paid fairly.
- There’s absolutely no additives, preservatives, or artificial synthetic colors.
- Each purchase directly supports food charities and agricultural education.
- The cardboard box can be easily recycled, reducing your carbon footprint every time you eat it.
- The meal is cholesterol-free, antibiotic-free, soy-free, pesticide-free, and clear of trans fats.
What does gluten-free mean
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, which is responsible for the elasticity of the dough used to make bread and the hearty texture of beer. Gluten is not just limited to wheat-centric foods, though. The material can potentially be found in other items, such as potato chips, creamy soups, or even some cosmetics. For many people, its presence is not a problem. But for the growing amount of people with gluten intolerance, wheat allergies, or the more serious Celiac disease, it could cause them to become quite sick.
- Gluten intolerance is when your body has a sensitivity to the protein, which can cause stomach upset, bloating, and mental fog.
- Wheat allergy is an adverse reaction to wheat, much like an allergic reaction to shellfish or peanuts. After consuming gluten, the affected person usually has skin rashes and stomach pain.
- Celiac disease is a digestive disorder where the lining of the small intestine is damaged when consuming foods with gluten. When this happens, the body has a difficult time absorbing vital nutrients such as calcium and iron. Symptoms can range from mild digestive problems to intense abdominal pain. Many cases go undiagnosed, but doctors and medical experts believe that around 2 to 3 million Americans have Celiac disease.
The only real cure for any of these conditions is to stay away from items containing gluten; however, those can be some of the most favorite foods to enjoy. That’s where brands like Annie’s come in, making comfort foods with the same taste but alternative ingredients.
Nutrition of rice pasta and cheddar
Annie’s gluten-free rice pasta and cheddar may not be a superfood like bone broth, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be good for you. Rice pasta is a popular choice especially for health-minded parents looking for wheat-free options for children that will be able to recognize a similar taste.
Annie’s makes the rice pasta from flour-milled brown rice, which is high in fiber and low in cholesterol, both of which can lead to better digestion and heart health. The rich cheddar cheese is also an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus. The body uses calcium to strengthen the skeletal system while phosphorus is used by the kidneys for optimal function.
Recipes that go with Annie’s Homegrown Gluten-Free Rice Pasta and Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
While Annie’s rice pasta with cheddar is a great dish all on its own, you might also want to add in some protein or a side salad for a complete meal. Here are two of Thrive Market’s favorite pairs.
Mac and cheese isn’t just for kids, especially not when it’s paired alongside this elegant pork chop dish with a Spanish walnut romesco sauce. To make, you’ll need some roasted red bell pepper, tomato paste, garlic, walnuts, olive oil, parsley, paprika, and chili powder. It takes only 10 minutes to heat up. Pair with a glass of red wine for the perfect finishing touch.
Grilled lettuce? While it may seem odd, when you put some romaine hearts on the grill, they char on the outside while the core remains crunchy. The smoky flavor tastes great when an avocado-lime dressing is drizzled on top. All you need is a pitted avocado, some cilantro, limes, sea salt, pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and olive oil—plus an egg on top for some extra protein.
More about Annie’s
Alongside partner Andrew Martin, Annie Withey started Annie's Homegrown in 1989 with a goal to provide healthy and delicious food products while, at the same time, creating a business that was not only successful but also socially responsible. Annie’s Homegrown got its start selling homemade mac and cheese to independently-owned natural food shops and regional supermarkets in the New England area throughout the ‘90s and slowly amassed a rabid following through word of mouth.
In addition to wholesome food, Annie’s also believes in sustainability. The company recycles almost 75 percent of their waste, and all of their food is shipped in boxes that are completely reusable. Annie’s Homegrown also promotes culinary education and, as such, has spent more than $2 million investing in school gardens across the country, providing a number of agricultural scholarships, and donating to nonprofit groups that educate public school students about healthy foods.
Reviews For Gluten-Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
Based on 26 Reviews
I Love It!
I love this brand of mac and cheese! It is so nice to have this available in a gluten free form!
My daughter loves it
seems like you get less per box but taste is very good
Not very tasteful and needs lots of dressing up. OK for an emergency craving.
My kids love this. It's nice to have a GF option. Quantity is a touch small. My teenager can eat the whole box by himself.
I use this in a skillet recipe I make a lot that includes cooked noodles/cheese pack, cooked chicken, 1 can of rotel, sautéed onion/pepper, and more cheese on top. It is very good for this purpose since I am eating gluten free.
Gluten free staple in my cupboard
Good flavor and texture. Make quite often
Always my go to brand for this item
Not the cheesiest
The pasta was OK, but there was no cheese flavor. Very very bland. Had to add shredded cheese to make it palatable.
My 11yr old corn/gluten free daughter wouldn't eat these. I was okay with eating them all up! I thought they were great.
Gluten free Mac and cheese
My daughter loves this gluten free option for a favorite
Good cheese flavor
This is the only brand of mac & cheese I buy. Like the cheesy taste.
Quick and easy
I bought this brand before and I really like them. First time for this specific product but taste great. Quick and easy.
great GF alternative mac and cheese
This is a great cheesy tasting mac and cheese. It doesn't come with much though, It is a lesser portion than the typical brand of non-GF mac and cheese. but it was just as good.
Surprised how tasty
Even my husband liked this. Some days I just want an easy Mac and Cheese that is GF. Will be getting this again.
Good for a gluten free pasta.
Not as good as Kraft Mac Dinner but Annie's is gluten free and a good choice for those that eat gluten free.
Best boxed Mac & cheese
This brand is the best
Good GF Pasta is hard to find
While Mac & Cheese is always less than a perfectly healthy choice, Annie's GF Mac & Cheese is a better choice than any other I've found, and my child loves it.
I made this with grass fed butter a little organic cream and a dollop of cream cheese was delicious. The pasta does not cook to a very soft state it is defineately al-dente which may be of concern to some parents if kids dont like al-dente pasta. I thought it tasted as good or better than wheat pasta.
Pasta was good, cheese not so much.
This is my first gluten-free pasta so I can only compare to other options at my local grocery store.
For a healthy pasta, it sure tasted very closely to what I've had before. The texture was a little grainier but still soft. There was not much difference in the taste, which I am glad. I can definitely keep purchasing!
The cheese, however, was not very satisfying. The cheddar taste was quite vague and just overall bland. I heard the aged cheddar flavor from this same brand is great so I will have to give that a try next.
Perfect base for homestyle mac n' cheese!
I grew up on my grandmother's southern-style mac n cheese which comes out more like a casserole than the runnier stuff from the boxes, but that dish takes a LOT of time and isn't the healthiest thing to have on a regular basis. BUT, my husband and I still really love mac n cheese and Annie's provided a healthier way for me to make it! We've been moving away from wheat and gluten when we can and I can definitely feel a difference in clarity in my body. I just feel less gunked up and less sluggish so we're moving more towards that lifestyle. Annie's rice pasta is the perfect alternative and it still tastes great! I'll thicken the sauce with a little more milk and tapioca flour, mix in some of my own spices, combine with the partially cooked pasta and pop it in the oven. I like that Annie's uses real ingredients with no artificial fillers or preservatives. They make great products and I think it's awesome that their items are GMO-free and that their company has solid ethical integrity when it comes to where they source their ingredients.
- D. Garrett
My father can't eat gluten as of late but, he really liked my macaroni and cheese prior to being diagnosed as allergic. What we used to make was a very cheesy pasta mixed with some crunchy bread crumbs. What I do is make 2 boxes of this and sprinkle some finely chopped almonds on top so its just like the old days!
Made in the USA and gluten-free! My father is in heaven. I bought 4 boxes of this last time I ordered with Thrive. Thrive on!
- Lora Ryan
The best gluten-free mac & cheese!
My son is Gluten intolerant and we have been eating Annie's Homegrown products for a little while now as a family. Those of us who don't have to worry about the allergens typically just add some cheese to our plates. We no longer need to do that, this box makes a perfectly creamy batch and is extremely comparable to most other generic boxes of Mac & Cheeses.
I'd also like to add that this cheese sauce comes in a foil packet and not powder. I was a little weary when I discovered that but I actually like it much more! It's so deliciously creamy and makes it a lot faster to prepare for my impatient kids!
It looks like the same size box as - say - Kraft - but it is only 1/3 full of dry pasta yet still lists the contents as 2.5 servings. It is not even 2 servings for a small child. And it has 700 calories. Not sure how that is possible.
I absolutely love this stuff, it taste just like Mac & cheese.
Annie's does it again
I've always loved Annie's mac n cheese, and now that I'm avoiding wheat, I'm thrilled that I can still enjoy it! Annie's has done a good job making this pasta convincing, and the cheese is yummy. It makes for a very quick and tasty "comfort food" gluten free meal.
- Chris Lopez
After I developed celiac, I had a hard time finding good quality (nearly instant) Mac & Cheese. This satisfies my Mac & Cheese cravings, leaving me happy and full. Plus, it's a good source of calcium!
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