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Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Veggie Pasta Review

Kraft Mac & Cheese Veggie Pasta: As Good as the Classic?

With pressure from the government to produce more healthful food, what's a packaged food giant to do? Why, stealthily sneak in vegetables.

Just ask Kraft Foods: the manufacturer made headlines when it began rolling out boxes of new Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Veggie Pasta alongside its traditional blue-box mac and cheese last month.

The two products, according to Kraft, taste the same — but eat the former, and you'll wind up getting half a serving of vegetables (the company freeze-dries cauliflower, pulverizes it, then mixes it along with flour to make the macaroni pasta).
Curious to know if the veggie version really tasted the same, I pitted the new blue box against its classic counterpart in a blind tasting. Read on to find out if there was a difference in flavor.


The Veggie Pasta comes in two varieties, Original and Three Cheese, but I was only able to get my hands on the latter. A few differences between the two that I noted during preparation: Despite the same-sized box, the Veggie Pasta was 1.75 ounces smaller (sneaky!), called for half the amount of margarine, and took one minute less to cook when compared to the classic blue box. It also listed 10 more ingredients — one of them being dried cauliflower.

Although early reviews have claimed that there's no discernible difference between the veggie pasta and the classic, our tasters disagreed, and most were able to identify the classic, which they generally preferred. Eaters said the traditional Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner was "tastier" and "had more of that cheesy zest," compared to the "grainy" and "kind of bland" vegetable version, which was "paler in color — and taste-wise."

Surprisingly, despite the complaints, about half the tasters actually preferred the Veggie Pasta for its nuttier flavor and light cheese taste. Nutrition-wise, it also contains fewer calories, fat, and sodium per serving — but if you're eating this kind of stuff, really, who's counting? To those of you who've tried both: which did you prefer?

lauren lauren 5 years
@Caleb2341232 agreed and there is something very comforting about mac and cheese!
Caleb2341232 Caleb2341232 5 years
Digging into some of the veggie mac right now, and, honestly, there really isn't too much of a difference. At least, not enough for me to go for the original brand anymore. Anyway I can get me some more veggies in my diet is a good thing. Always.
Julie2239322 Julie2239322 5 years
I prefer the original as far as taste. It was not cheesey enought for me. My daughter liked it, so I will keep buying it for her since she eats mac & cheese more than I do. I was not aware that it was only califlower in it. I think they should add broccolli in there as well.
Megan11188 Megan11188 5 years
I actually do prefer the regular to the new veggie but it does taste very good for being heathly and also tricked my boyfriend's son who is very picky about what he eats. He loved it. So, I'd say going veggie was a very good idea!
MammaChef MammaChef 5 years
It has a green bean odor that over powers any flavor the pasta might have. The kids hated it and I have to admit ,I'm no fan myself.
dancing-nancy dancing-nancy 6 years
If you truly love mac and cheese, you wouldn't be eating this crap.
danizzle danizzle 6 years
i love mac n cheese, i actually just had some yesterday! i got SUPER excited when i saw the veggie one, but was disappointed. id rather stick to the original and just not eat the whole box. or, what i usually do is grill veggies and throw them on my plate to eat along side (so i dont feel so guilty!)
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