Michelina’s Zap’ems Macaroni & Cheese with Cheddar & Romano Review

Michelina's Zap'ems Macaroni & Cheese with Cheddar & Romano

If you’re looking for a super-cheap frozen food option, Michelina’s might be a pretty decent choice. We find these frozen meals pretty much everywhere, and they’re usually priced between $1.00 and $1.50. Obviously, you won’t go into one of these expecting a gourmet dinner, but there are some Michelina’s options that we’ve enjoyed, and it’s hard to beat that price point.

Today we’re checking out the Michelina’s Zap’ems Macaroni & Cheese with Cheddar & Romano. We’ve tried the Wheels & Cheese not long ago, and we found it to be pretty decent. So let’s see how their more traditional-style mac and cheese compares to the wheel-shaped version.

Admittedly, the sub-brand name Zap’ems does have us a little nervous…

Anyway, cooking this is as simple as can be. Crack open the lid, then pop the meal into the microwave for three minutes. Give it a quick stir, then pop it back in for another 60 to 90 seconds. This is not going to be a problem for anyone who knows how to use a microwave. (If you want to read the full cooking instructions straight off the box, check out the package scan at the bottom of this review.)

Michelina's Zap'ems Macaroni & Cheese with Cheddar & Romano

One of the ways Michelina’s keeps their production costs low is by skipping the inner tray completely. While most frozen meals come in a tray that’s sealed inside a box, Michelina’s uses the box as the tray. You’ll have to be careful because that makes them more susceptible to drying out or getting freezer-burned than their plastic-tray-using peers.

The cheese is a cheddar and romano combo that tastes a little bit like your traditional Velveeta, though not quite as potent. It’s a muted Velveeta, we’d say. The consistency is actually creamier than we were expecting, which is nice, but this is certainly not the best cheese sauce we’ve had in a macaroni dish.

The pasta is your basic elbow shape, which is to be expected. These are a little pudgier than your usual elbows, and they end up a little bit soggier too. Neither of these observations is a dealbreaker for us, of course. This is still a mac and cheese dish, and it’s really not bad.

This is a diet-friendly box of macaroni, with just 250 calories and 630 mg of sodium. It’s pretty small and not super filling, but it’s also not a calorie hog either. We’d say this is more of a hearty snack or side dish than a true meal, though.

The Michelina’s Zap’ems Macaroni & Cheese with Cheddar & Romano definitely prioritizes price over quality, but even then, it’s better than some more expensive macaroni meals we’ve tried. At its buck-fifty-or-less price point, this ends up being a surprisingly competent dish of mac and cheese, and it’s really hard to complain about that.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this budget-friendly mac and cheese, check out our package scan below.

Michelina's Zap'ems Macaroni & Cheese with Cheddar & Romano