Stouffer’s Family Sized Baked Macaroni & Cheese Review

Stouffer's Family Sized Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Stouffer’s has a pretty sizable selection of macaroni in their frozen meal lineup, from the classic cheesy stuff to a southwest-style mac (that isn’t very good) to a beef-filled macaroni dish. But the frozen food maker isn’t stopping there; they’ve recently added even more macaroni dishes to their line.

Here at Freezer Meal Frenzy, we’re thrilled about this. This means we get to eat even more mac and cheese, which is something we love doing. So today we’re going to dive into one of the newest macaroni dishes in the Stouffer’s lineup, the Baked Macaroni & Cheese. Unlike the Classics version of this same dish, this one is covered with a bread-crumb topping. We’re excited to dig in!

First, though, this thing must be cooked. Baking this in the oven, which is the preferred cooking method (it is a baked dish, after all), will take you almost an hour and a half. You can cut corners and use the microwave, but even that will take almost 20 minutes. We went with the oven, because we wanted to taste the oven-baked version of this rather than a nuked version. (If you want to see the full cooking instructions straight off the box, check out the package scans at the bottom of this frozen food review.)

Stouffer's Family Sized Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Now this is no small batch of food. There’s enough here to feed a family — if your family includes four and a half people, that is. Yes, four and a half servings is a strange amount, and we’re not sure you’ll feed that many people with this (even if you do manage to find half a person somewhere). But a family of three could find this to be pretty filling.

The cheese sauce is not as creamy as the non-baked version of this macaroni dish, but it still tastes good. It’s a subtler cheddar flavor as compared to the sharp cheddar of the other version.

That choice was made in service of the breadcrumb topping, which is the real star of this show. If you like a good crisp to your mac and cheese, this stuff delivers. The topping sort of melds together into a crust that you’ll break open with your fork — which is incredibly satisfying. The package calls this “buttery,” but we wouldn’t use that word to describe it. It’s the toast-like crunch that really steals the show here.

Stouffer's Family Sized Baked Macaroni & Cheese

If you manage to somehow eat a single serving (which would be 2/9 of the contents of the box), you’ll be consuming 370 calories and 940 mg of sodium. If that’s not bad enough, those numbers climb pretty fast as you go back for seconds or thirds (which you’re going to be tempted to do). The image above shows what 1/3 of the package (our recommended serving size) looks like in a serving dish. Keep in mind that our 1/3 will have more calories than the serving size recommended by the package.

The Stouffer’s Baked Macaroni & Cheese is a wonderful treat that will delight fans of a crunchier macaroni dish. It won’t delight dieters, though, as the sodium and calorie counts are both quite high. You’ll want to consider this a once-in-a-while treat rather than a dietary staple. Still, this is a great thing to eat on a cheat day when you’re really feeling the macaroni craving.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this Stouffer’s frozen meal, check out our package scans below.

Stouffer's Family Sized Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Stouffer's Family Sized Baked Macaroni & Cheese