Do you like Velveeta Shells and Cheese? If you do, you’ll probably like the Walmart store brand Great Value Gluten-Free Rice Shells and Cheddar. Unlike their hideous Hamburger Helper knockoff, this take on the classic American comfort food actually hits the mark.
It’s pretty simple, actually. Everything you need is in the box.
Like the other Great Value Gluten-Free brands, the design sticks with the light blue box and circular bubble for the brand and item name.
Open the box and you will see loose rice shell pasta.
Dig around a bit and you will find a packet of prepared cheddar cheese sauce a la Velveeta.
Pop the shells in water to boil (we add a couple of hot dogs to the mix).
As usual, the rice pasta gets mushy. You can see the cloudiness of the water. Unlike other rice pastas, this one has a perfect a dente texture–it won’t turn to mush in your mouth, but it’s not tough either.
Squeeze the cheese sauce into the pan.
We add frozen peas to the mix too. We’ve been told we don’t get enough vegetables :)
Smoosh it all together on low until the cheese evenly distributes and the peas defreeze. Plop it in a bowl and gobble away.
Here are the nutrition facts for Great Value GF Shells and Cheese:
And a list of ingredients:
What saves this box mix over the stroganoff I tried is the fact that the sauce is pre-made. Because it is cheese rather than cream based, there is less of an issue with thickening. My hunch is that what we’re getting in the sauce package is exactly the same as what we get in this package–
which you can also get in Walmart in the packaged cheese aisle. As a matter of fact, until I stumbled across the Great Value GF Shells and Cheese, I made my own mac and cheese with a bag of rice elbows and a packet of Velveeta.
If you can’t find the Velveeta packets in your store (but you probably should if your store carries Velveeta and, honestly, what store in North America doesn’t?), then the GF package is a good substitute.
The box sold for $2.19 at my store, and it has 3 servings, so we’re looking at 73 cents per serving. Hot dogs and peas are add-ons at your discretion, depending on what your local mac and cheese tradition may be.