Smart Ones Three Cheese Macaroni Review

Smart Ones Three Cheese Macaroni

Even when you’re on a diet, it’s nice to enjoy a nice creamy bowl of mac and cheese once in a while. We’re pretty sure this is why Smart Ones created the Three Cheese Macaroni, at only 300 calories (50 from fat). Since this is a Weight Watchers product, the SmartPoints value is listed on the side of the box. This frozen mac and cheese dish is worth 9 SmartPoints.

The instructions say to cook this in the microwave for two and a half minutes, give it a good stir, then pop it back in for another minute. We actually found the stirring part to be a little tricky here, because the noodles kept jumping out of the tray. We think this might be the hardest we’ve struggled to stir a frozen food in all our time writing reviews for Freezer Meal Frenzy.

Smart Ones Three Cheese Macaroni

Now, there’s some definite weirdness going on with this dish. The noodles are really thick, making each bite feel kind of strange, and their texture feels a little grainy. That thickness is part of the reason this was so hard to stir without noodles jumping everywhere, and it’s just as difficult to eat without encountering a similar problem. Even with a fork, these noodles won’t stay put.

The cheese sauce has some sort of spices added to it — the package merely calls them “spices” so we’re not sure what they are. We wish we knew, because we want to avoid them in future macaroni dishes. Whatever they might be, they seem like an odd choice here. While some macaroni dishes can get away with that sort of experimentation, this one really can’t.

Our hunt for the perfect low-calorie macaroni and cheese doesn’t end with the Smart Ones Three Cheese Macaroni. While we appreciate that it’s leaner than some of our favorites — like the Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese by Devour — there are just too many flaws for this to be worth returning to. Plus, it’s less filling than most of the other mac and cheese dishes we’ve tried. It’s hard to cut calories with a dish that leaves you feeling empty inside.

If you want to know more about the nutrition or ingredients in this frozen mac and cheese, check out our package scans below.

Smart Ones Three Cheese Macaroni

Smart Ones Three Cheese Macaroni