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Trader Joe’s has a nice selection of frozen mac and cheeses including some healthier options as well. This can be a hassle if you don’t want to try all of them. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. In this definitive ranking, I’ll discuss which ones are the best. In addition, I’ll also tell you which one’s are not so great.
Please remember that this list is my opinion and if you disagree with it, it’s okay. Let’s get started!
1. Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese [BEST]
Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese is, without a doubt, one of the best frozen mac and cheeses I’ve ever had. The mezzi rigatoni pasta combined with it’s béchemel sauce will send you straight to heaven.
Although labelled as mac & cheese, it made me feel like I was eating a gourmet Italian dish! Although the cooking time was on the longer side, it was well worth the wait. Interested in this mac & cheese? Check out my full review!
2. Trader Joe's Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese
Trader Joe’s Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese is another top-notch frozen mac and cheese. The macaroni was amazingly soft after 30 minutes in the oven. It has tons of creamy cheese supporting the macaroni.
Best of all, the chiles in this mac and cheese rocket the flavors to the moon. I do wish there were more chiles but despite that, it’s still an outstanding mac and cheese. Read more about this mac and cheese in my full review!
3. Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Mac & Cheese
Wow a reduced guilt mac and cheese this high? All I gotta say is don’t judge this based off how it looks. Before everything gets mixed together, it does look a little suspicious.
Although there’s not an overload of cheese, there’s a good amount to supplement the great macaroni. The flavor tastes fantastic despite being labelled as reduced guilt. Best part is, the cheese isn’t powdery! Read more about this mac and cheese in my full review.
4. Joe's Diner Mac 'n Cheese
Joe’s Diner Mac ‘n Cheese has awesome, delicate macaroni like every other mac & cheese on this list. There’s a boatload of cheese with four different kinds of cheese in this dish. More cheese doesn’t mean better cheese though.
There’s a slight powdery taste to the cheese giving it an artificial feeling. In addition, chunks of cheese remained although I’m unsure if it wasn’t melted enough or if it was intentional. Read more about this mac and cheese in my full review.
5. Trader Joe's Pepperoni Pizza Mac & Cheese Bowl
Trader Joe’s Pepperoni Pizza Mac & Cheese is a great tasting pizza alternative. It has the usual nice and soft macaroni and awesome pizza flavor. I was disappointed with the lack of cheese in this one though.
It’s accurate for cheese on a pizza because most places tend to lack on that aspect. For a mac and cheese, you’d expect more cheese right? Regardless, this is still a tasteful food product. Read more about this “mac and cheese” in my full review.
6. Trader Joe's French Onion Macaroni & Cheese
Trader Joe’s French Onion Macaroni & Cheese is a unique addition to their lineup. It still has the amazing macaroni we’re used to. I was also disappointed with the lack of cheese in this one. Not only was the cheese lacking, but it left a small powdery aftertaste.
As for the flavor, you can taste the onion in each bite. It does take some getting used to. I felt like I was eating a pasta more than a mac and cheese. For $5, this is on the higher end of their frozen mac and cheeses. Read more about this mac and cheese in my full review.
7. Trader Joe's Gluten Free Mac & Cheese [WORST]
Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Mac & Cheese may be my least favorite but it’s still a good mac and cheese. I wasn’t particularly fond of the pasta they used in this one (probably for gluten reasons) as it was harder.
There was way less cheese in this one than expected and I saw an odd liquid cheese layer below the pasta. It wasn’t worth the extra cost for me. Read more about this mac and cheese in my full review.
Thanks for checking out my best to worst list of Trader Joe’s mac and cheeses. As I’ve mentioned before, this list is my opinion and if you disagree with anything, it’s okay. Everyone has their own opinions!
If there are any new Trader Joe’s Mac & Cheeses, I will be sure to update this ranking.
Now you know which mac and cheeses you should buy next time you’re at Trader Joe’s!