Mac & Cheese Michelina’s vs Stouffer’s

As I’ve mentioned before I love making macaroni and cheese from scratch but I also like testing out pre-made versions as well.  Some are terrible and some great like the very hard to find Howard Johnson’s brand mac & cheese.  I’m actually not sure if it’s even still made, it’s been at least two years since I found it anywhere.  I remember the last time I had Stouffer’s mac & cheese.  It was 2001 and had been dating Ethan for a few months.  I came over his place after working late and eating a Stouffer’s mac & cheese and around 11pm started a vomit fest in his bathroom.  I couldn’t even go to work the next day, I was too exhausted from puking all night.  Someone said it sounded like it had been thawed out and then put in the freezer again so I’m guessing that’s what happened.  Somehow I put that memory aside and Ethan and I evaluated Stouffer’s against Michelina’s.

Looks a little too familliar to my last experience but it tasted okay. Ethan liked that it had a lot of sauce and has a good cheese flavor. I felt like it was lacking a little sharpness to the cheese flavor but I did like the well-cooked pasta.

Ethan didn’t like the lack of sauce.  We both liked the flavor of the cheese but Ethan felt there just wasn’t enough  of it.  I like of liked that it wasn’t swimming in sauce and to me the flavor got to all the macaroni fine and tasted a little more realsitic than Stouffer’s.

Wrap up:
Split.  Ethan preffered the abundance of sauce of Stouffer’s and I liked the flavor of Michelina’s.  Both had pleasantly cooked pasta and neither of us threw up after ?

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14 thoughts on “Mac & Cheese Michelina’s vs Stouffer’s

  1. I can’t eat mac and cheese without burying it in ketchup. It’s just about the only thing I ever eat ketchup on.
    Hmm. That isn’t really relevant to the Stouffer’s vs. Michelina’s debate, is it? Sorry.

  2. That’s okay Dave, we’re here for all your snacking thoughts ? I do think that’s interesting though. I know it’s not uncommon but I don’t know anyone who puts ketchup on their m&c. Hot sauce, but not ketchup. I’ll give it a try!

  3. Howard Johnson’s food products were sold off in the early 2000’s, and apparently have been sold/distributed to various food makers of dubious financial stability. I miss their mac n cheese, too (an occasional treat), and especially the blueberry toasties – those were my husband’s favorite! If you want some interesting reading, visit for the Howard Johnson’s restaurant history.

  4. Thanks Dave. At least I’m not the only one. I like to brown hamburger and add it to my mac & cheese along with a little ketchup. You’re not alone Dave.

  5. Oh, geez, I couldn’t get over “vomit fest” in the intro.
    Anyway… I have tried both. I prefer Stouffers.
    Oh, and long time reader… first time commenter, I think. Love the blog. Keep up the good work.

  6. Crazy for Stouffer’s in college. Consumed thousands. Today, they kind of pricey at $2.37 to $2.99 depending on where you buy them.
    Michelina’s is usually 5 boxes for $5.00. So they’re half the price! Possibly even less. So, at a buck a box how can you really go wrong? Sure Stouffer’s is creamier, cheezier and better tasting…but saving so much money I quickly changed to Michelina’s. And now I’d never go back to Stouffer’s… Never. Way too expensive compared to Michelina’s. In fact, Michelina is such a success at some stores that they had to take it off the shelf because the Stouffer’s doesn’t sell. This really makes me mad too. Stouffer’s is using their power and leverage from other frozen products to keep Michelina from moving in as a better value.
    Michelina has a 3 or 4 different styles of mac and cheese too….they have one marked ‘Economy.’ with the blue on the label. Another marked ‘Mac & Cheese Baked’ that has a little crusting. And one marked ‘Authentico Mac & Cheese.’
    I say buy Michelina’s until Stouffer’s lowers their price.

  7. I love Stouffer’s. It’s so cheesy and tastes homemade. I like all the sauce too. I feel like this review is a bit biased because how could you approach a food you barfed up a dozen times and not automatically dislike it a little bit? I rarely get sick, but the past 3 times (over 20 years!), it has been after eating spaghetti. Each time I couldn’t eat spaghetti for about 2 years after and wouldn’t have been able to judge it fairly. I didn’t get sick because the spaghetti was bad either, it was just that I ate a lot of spaghetti growing up!

  8. If you don’t like ketchup try a little salsa on your Mac And Cheese, it is pretty good.

  9. I will probably never by Michelina’s again. Bought two Cheeseburger Mac packages. Mac and Cheese tasted fine, sauce was alright neither too much or too little. But the sausage. What Sausage. The first package I prepared had 1 little piece of hamburger half the size of my pinkies finger nail. The second package, Nada, nil, none. Not one scrap of hamburger. As I said I’ll never buy the product again.

  10. I recently tried both.
    Stouffers: Stank, I know it is cooked cheese but it was too strong for my liking. I didn’t like the texture when eating it. The flavor was ok at best, edible.
    Michelinas: Amazing price. I didn’t smell a stinky odor after cooking like I did with Stouffers. The noodles were great, the sauce was good and although it could probably use a little more it covered it enough where I have no complaints. I love this Mac and cheese and will definitely be stocking up on it next time I go grocery shopping.

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