• 225g San Remo Macaroni Elbows
  • 500g jar HEINZ [SERIOUSLY] GOOD™ Tasty Cheddar Macaroni Cheese Pasta Bake
  • ½ cup grated cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Cook the San Remo Macaroni Elbows in lightly salted, boiling water for 8-10 minutes, until just tender. Drain. Return macaroni to saucepan.
  2. Pour over HEINZ [SERIOUSLY] GOOD™ Tasty Cheddar Macaroni Cheese Pasta Bake and stir to mix. Spoon into an ovenproof baking dish. Sprinkle over grated cheese.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes until macaroni cheese is hot and the top is golden.

Top Tips

  • Lay sliced tomatoes onto macaroni cheese before sprinkling with grated cheese and baking.
  • Mixed diced cooked bacon or chorizo or ham through the macaroni cheese before spooning into baking dish.

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198 Ratings

Reviews (198)

Deanna Elwin's Review | Rating

Quick and easy, nice with bacon bits too

Yvonne's Rating
Douglas's Review | Rating

Made this last night really nice I will be making again but will use more cheese and some onions.

Douglas's Review | Rating

Instead of using cheese I used a packet of Maggi cheese sauce really tasty.

Roy's Review | Rating

Have made this twice. Second time perfect. Added bacon and mushroom. As easy as it is good.

Alex's Review | Rating

thanks for the new recipe! it seems to be delicious!

Tim's Review | Rating

very tasty when tomatoes and diced bacon were added another great touch is diced onion

Glennise's Review | Rating

I actually made this last night...Wonderful....I will not be making my own sauce again.
I added ham pieces and rinsed the sauce jar out with 1 cup of milk

karen's Rating
Karen's Review | Rating

Makes a nice easy Mac Cheese. I like to stir cheese through the sauce as well and even a pinch of mustard powder

Julia's Review | Rating

Easy simple & YUMMY!!!

Nickie's Review | Rating

Easy to make and soooooo tasty. Definitely will be using this sauce again and the recipe.

Nickie's Review | Rating

Certainly cant beat a classic Mac Cheese. This sauce has made a simple quick meal even easier to make.

debbie's Review | Rating

mac n cheese is always a family favourite. This sounds quick easy to make and delicious. Something the older kids could help make too. Big thumbs up

Anna's Review | Rating

Best Mac n cheese recipe, it is really simple, I love to add caramelised onions and bacon bits and roasted chicken. Great for a warming winters night dinner, also great for lunch leftovers for the week.

tony's Review | Rating

looks so yummy

Romy's Review | Rating

Super easy

Erin's Review | Rating

Loved it +++

Victoria's Review | Rating

Really Tasty. Absolutely Delicious. I would recommend it.

Alisha's Review | Rating

My young children love mac and cheese. I add mixed veges and ham for a easy dinner that is sure to be eaten

Sara's Review | Rating

So easy and quick. Tasty - yum!!

Kim's Review | Rating

Seriously? Boil pasta , pour over sauce and throw it in the oven is a recipe?

Barbara's Review | Rating

Easy to make and just right for kids who don't like any extras in their mac n cheese

Nikky's Review | Rating

I highly recommend adding a tin of tuna, a tin of sweetcorn and some chopped spring onions for a speedy but delicious dinner.

Karen's Review | Rating

Easy family meal its delicious

Erin's Review | Rating

Love this was so yummy.

Eddy's Review | Rating

When time is limited but you want a wholesome and delicious Mac & Cheese this Classic recipe for the family is a winner and all within an hour you'll be enjoying.

Bob's Review | Rating

Now this is even more of a favourite with the NEW sauce added, Yummmmmmmmmm

Sue's Review | Rating

Simply and tasty lunch, we add bacon and tomatoes. Yum !!

Carla's Review | Rating

It's nice and easy to do for a quick meal when had a hard day at work.

Judy's Review | Rating

Absolutely delicious and so easy too. I love that I don't have to make the cheese sauce any more :)

Sameer's Review | Rating

Geart and easy recipe

Diane's Review | Rating

I rate this a 4-star recipe for its' 'quick'n'easy' approach to a family favourite. I do think it might benefit from a little 'tarting up' with a few rashers of chopped bacon - Or, perhaps a layer of luscious tomatoes - Or, even just a sprinkle of paprika and/or chilli flakes.
But really, because it is a Classic - and the ingredients are familiar in a comforting way - It's great just as it is!

Christine's Review | Rating

A nice easy and basic family meal.

christine's Review | Rating

This is so quick and easy and so yummy with bacon bits in it the kids love it

Helen and Peter's Review | Rating

Quick and easy and a great "go to" recipe when in a hurry or have unexpected guests

Gwen's Review | Rating

This was so quick and easy to make for lunch .For Dinner I would use the other recipe

Joan's Review | Rating

Anything that means I don't have to make my own cheese sauce for Macaroni Cheese rates very highly. The Heinz sauce is on my shopping list already.

Joan's Review | Rating

The grand children love it..... and it was sooo very easy

Maree's Review | Rating

Simple and easy cheese and mac. Instead of cheese I added a breadcrumb mix of breadcrumbs, parsley and parmesan. Delish!

Mathavasivam's Review | Rating

My children love mac Cheese

Donna's Review | Rating

We tried the Heinz Seriously Good Tasty Cheddar Macaroni Cheese for dinner tonight and it was a big hit with the kids (with I thought it would be). I stuck with the classic recipe and added cooked bacon to it and it was very tasty. I think next time I might add mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and paprika, although the kids probably wouldn't be as keen. Might have to make a kids classic version and an adults version to keep everyone happy.

louise's Review | Rating

so easy to make and everyone loved it ( a good and quick easy meal to make) is now a weekly meal

Dorothy's Review | Rating

really quick and easy

Rhea's Review | Rating

Did not taste like it came out of a jar at all! Soooo good

Janet's Review | Rating

Really tasty and a good warming dish for winter.

Yazmin's Rating
Leanna's Review | Rating

The staple recipe in my pantry - love Mac'n'Cheese. So simple to make and just so tasty. I always add extra cheese as just got to have that cheesy goodness :)

Tom's Review | Rating

Loved this, so much easier and quicker than the Edmonds Cookbook recipe and tasted as good. We thought it would last us 2 nights but we both went back for seconds and cleaned it up. I just pan fried a couple of diced streaky bacon strips and a small onion and added it to the mix before the cheese topping.

diane's Review | Rating

Have loved Mac n Cheese since I was a child. This one is classic and wonderful.

Jo's Review | Rating

Wonderfully quick and easy when I'm in a rush, usually use it as a side dish with onion and mushroom thrown in

Sarah's Review | Rating

Quick and easy to follow and great Sunday Brunch

Chizu's Review | Rating

Easy meal for family and flatmates.

Karen's Review | Rating

Really good with bacon bits

Joanne's Review | Rating

Super quick and and easy and very tasty. Everyone loves a good macaroni cheese and this is the best with little preparation. Yummy

Vanessa's Review | Rating

So easy my 9 year old can make it on her own!

Genemeine's Review | Rating

Easy and simple to make for weekend lunch after the kids sports. Added Bacon and Onion.

Leonie's Review | Rating

So easy and so delectable. My grandsons adored it and have asked for more

Trevor's Review | Rating

So easy to make and so delicious.

Pam's Review | Rating

A quick easy lunch that the grandchildren can make.

MAUREEN's Review | Rating

Very easy and delicious. All the family enjoyed dish.

Clive's Review | Rating

So easy, I make into seperate Ramekins and serve it this way, the whole family just love it and each one thinks they a special which they are.

Komal's Review | Rating

easy & tasty...my son loves pasta bakes

Karen's Review | Rating

My family enjoys this recipe, always add extra to make a good meal out of it

Marilyn's Review | Rating

I have not been able to make macaroni cheese with a real cheesy taste. After making this recipe I am over the moon. so quick and easy and no need to add anything else. A big hit with the grandchildren

Cassidy's Review | Rating

This recipe saves me so much time especially with a chaotic household we need something quick and easy not to mention tasty

Brenda's Review | Rating

Easy to make and loved by everyone. I have also added both bacon and mushrooms to make it extra special.

Masina's Review | Rating

Reviewing on behalf of my children, they very much like this recipe. My fussy eater son enjoys this one so will be a regular on our family menu :)

Eleanor's Review | Rating

Beautiful and creamy with a rich cheese flavour. Simple and easy.

Kellie's Review | Rating

9 year old loved making this and then enjoying the rewarding taste. Bound to be a favourite for a while

Neena's Review | Rating

Too easy to make! Gotta love quick ick easy meals when you're tied for time.. Tasty as is when u have picky eaters.

Murray's Review | Rating

finally made it for the first time.It was so easy,delicious and filling!

Sarah's Review | Rating

Great quick recipe to cook after long day that family love. Can add in some bacon &/or onions to Jazz it up a bit.

jacqui's Review | Rating

This would be a great make ahead meal and I bet it freezes well too so I could make a double batch and have some for when I can't be bothered cooking

Sandra's Review | Rating

My grandchildren LOVE Macaroni Cheese

Ken's Review | Rating

Great taste and so quick to make

Melissa's Review | Rating

Some yummy. You can what ever ypu like to it.

Arthur's Review | Rating

Made this last night and it was delicious. We added bacon and cheese and it wasn't winner

Nevada's Review | Rating

Easy mid week meal, and left overs can be for lunch the next day! We also like to add onion and bacon pieces to make it extra tasty! :)

Yvonne's Review | Rating

Quick and Easy. Added bacon too. Yum!

Rodney's Review | Rating

Nice easy recipe, tastes as good as my Mothers recipe

Karen's Review | Rating

Our all time sunday night favourite

Jean's Review | Rating

easy to prepare, and sounds tasty

JEANETTE's Review | Rating

I always use this recipe so my rating is "top notch"

helen's Review | Rating

Just love the rich creamy taste

Sandra's Review | Rating

Very easy which is good on a busy night, we enjoyed it with onions, ham and sliced tomatoes added for more flavour.

Amanda's Review | Rating

Classic Mac and Cheese has been an all time favourite since I was 10 years old, this makes it easier to put on the table when you are time poor, and I'm all for that!!

Shane's Review | Rating

Easy and quick to prepare, enjoyed by all of the family

Tasha's Review | Rating

Quick and easy. Add bacon and onion, even mushrooms, tasty.

Rachel's Rating
taylor's Review | Rating

sounds quick & easy & i like pasta & cheese & i like the added tips that you can do with it

michele's Review | Rating

I like a god mac & cheese recipe thats easy. i can make this i'm sure plus there are some really good ideas to make it fancy & not just the regular mac n cheese

Kim's Review | Rating

Looks quick and easy will be making this for sure.

Lisa's Review | Rating

Very fulling, and the kids love it. Quick and easy

Annette's Review | Rating

I love Mac and cheese and this recipe is a bite differnet to mine but I loved it

Linda's Review | Rating

My grandson's favourite dinner!

david's Review | Rating

Macaroni cheese is always a favorite in our house hold so easy to make you can add other ingredients to it like ham pieces , onions , sage bread crumbs just awesome

Janice's Review | Rating

This recipe is easy to make and has plenty of cheese in it.

Kim's Review | Rating

This is the easiest and tastiest Mac cheese ever. We added bacon to the mixture and panko crumbs in with cheese for an extra crunch in the topping. Kids and adults alike loved it.

Sonia's Review | Rating

I made this in bulk for a wedding, at the request of the groom. I added bacon and onion but gave the tomato a miss. It was ultra quick and easy to prepare, it was delicious and went down a treat...not a bite was left.....a great dish for kids to cook too

Joanne's Review | Rating

Easy meal for when in a rush. However would prefer the ultimate

Shelley's Review | Rating

Mac and cheese is one of my favorite home comfort meals. Love my mothers but don't live at home anymore i miss it. Was pretty happy when i found out Heinz was releasing a Mac and cheese sauce as i love their products. Was simple and quick to make and added bacon and breadcrumbs on top. The verdict.....delicious! Super smooth and creamy without being too bulky and tastes just as good reheated the next day And uh possibly better than my mothers (hopefully she never reads this). Will be buying this from now on!

Meredith's Review | Rating

So easy and a family favourite. I added some bacon too. Yum!

Graeme's Review | Rating

I made it following the recipe and found it to be very bland, so tried it a second time this time adding some onions, vege stock, bacon and more tasty cheese, this made it much more tasty

Mary's Review | Rating

good, basic comfort food, made easy

Natasha's Review | Rating

Quick, tasty and easy. Saves time so you can relax and enjoy this dish even more

Caroline's Review | Rating

I make this once a week every week for my family.
Great,yummy and so easy to put together for a friday night feast,enjoyed by everyone.

Shelley's Review | Rating

Easy meal. I added some chopped tomato, onion & bacon for a bit more flavor.

Maureen's Review | Rating

It was quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious

Angela's Review | Rating

Super easy to create, quick and easy week night meal - perfect with the bacon!

Amelia's Review | Rating

Delicious hearty winter warmer meal #delicious #macncheeseisthebest #heinzmakesmecookbetter

Helen's Review | Rating

Very enjoyable.

Teresa's Review | Rating

Monday night dinner .. our favourite .

Becky's Review | Rating

A modern way of serving up a much-loved "comfort food" meal. Delicious. Many ideas to add other ingredients too. A versatile dish. Love it.

Ernie's Review | Rating

Very very nice but to my taste a stronger cheese taste in sauce be good , cut up 250 or 500 gm of bacon and add strong tasty Gouda cheese on top of the breadcrumbs

Alan S's Review | Rating

for years i wasnt a fan of Mac Cheese now using either Heinz Seriously Good Mac Cheese Pasta Bake or Heinz Seriously Good Tasty Cheddar Macaroni Cheese Saucea dding some Bacon and Peas to the Pasta topping with some Sliced Tomato Extra Grated Cheese and some Fresh Breadcrumbs and i im a very happy camper ...... and making it always feels like its a Meal [ made ] in a Minute

Tali's Review | Rating

Easy to follow recipe. Big crowd pleaser in our household. Very hard to pick out and find a decent mac n cheese recipe that has brands in a kiwi supermarket, so this recipe was a life saver.

Karla Jayne's Review | Rating

Super easy and just so yummy!
Great to add to, or to keep simple, depending on how fussy the eaters are!

Trish's Review | Rating

I love it! Quick and simple,no mucking around making your own cheese sauce,add some bacon bits foe extra yum.

Darren's Review | Rating

Loved by the whole family

Elliot's Review | Rating

The sauce tastes great, a lot easier than making a home-made one! adding bacon and breadcrumbs is a must!

Connie's Review | Rating

Very delicious a lot more flavoursom then my recipe I will be using your recipe now

Jenny's Review | Rating

This was such an easy midweek meal. No fuss at all, enjoyed by everyone.

Lee-ann's Review | Rating

Was very easy to make and my son loved it. I added cooked bacon and onion with some watties mixed veges to get his 5 plus. Taste was different to my normal home made always will be.

Sam's Review | Rating

Quick and easy. Also a good base if you feel like making it "gourmet" by adding other ingredients

Margaret's Review | Rating

My grandson asks for macaroni cheese almost as soon as he comes through the door. Usually it's the instant stuff. But I tried the Heinz sauce and what a success. Even my husband loved it what a miracle. It was nice and creamy. I froze left overs till he comes again!

Rachel's Review | Rating

Seriously it couldn't be easy! 3 ingredients. Roughly 40 mins and ya done. A 'meat-free Monday' winner, especially with the addition of tomatoes! Yum-my :)

Lynne's Review | Rating

Our family tried this first before we made the classic mac cheese and the whole family gave it the thumbs up. They all without exception thought it was much nice than the boring one I used to make. The kids all found it very easy to make and want it as a weekly meal. They all loved adding their own spin with veges on it so a big win win for me

Peter's Review | Rating

This would be a great tasty meal and has the advantage over Ultimate version for us as we are basically vegetarian.
For a diabetic in our family I would treat it as a very special meal, as Pasta generally can so easily rocket the blood sugar readings.
Thank you for this recipe, hope all goes well for both versions.

Spedding's Review | Rating

I need to omit the tomato but it's still good

Audrey's Review | Rating

Great Recipe, easy to make

patricia's Review | Rating

Very easy on a busy night !!

Rebecca's Review | Rating

quick to make

Maureen's Review | Rating

Easy scrumptious meal, so quick and yummy. Everyone loves it.

Caroline's Review | Rating

Perfect mac and cheese, really easy, no fuss and almost as good as Nanas recipe!

Frank's Review | Rating

Quick and easy to make and delicious and filling to eat. A great family dish that easily feeds 3 adults, added shredded ham and some pineapple pieces.

leanne's Review | Rating

so so yummy and so quick and easy

Becky's Review | Rating

Easy to prepare for a hungry family anytime as an extra course or fill in between meals. Ideal for those cooler days or when extra guests arrive unexpectedly

Marilyn's Review | Rating

Soo easy & soooo tasty

Rhiann's Review | Rating

Best macaroni cheese ever! Had to go buy some more because it's such a cheap, easy meal, who could resist??

christine's Review | Rating

Yum.. nice and easy recipe.. will be making that over the weekend..

Sue's Review | Rating

Simple, quick and easy. Stir in any leftover meat or veges to give it a bit more interest.

michael's Review | Rating

i add 1 teaspoon of mustard powder to the sauce yummmmm

Helen's Review | Rating

Fast, easy & very yummy!

Karen's Review | Rating

Real easy to create for busy family and tasty

Angie's Review | Rating

Easy to make instructions were easy to follow and everyone enjoyed, I am not normally a big fan of Mac Cheese but will admit I added some leftover cooked meat chopped up with a sprinkle of curry powder and garlic salt

Trent's Review | Rating

Easy and delicious... a real family pleaser!

Emma's Review | Rating

Awesome recipe :) the flatmates really enjoyed it!!!

Heather's Review | Rating

Your sauce makes it soooo easy! Dad loves 3 or 4 ingredient meals too! So simple :)

Julie-anne's Review | Rating

quick and easy

Tina's Review | Rating

Super nice with chorizo, ham and mushrooms. Sprinkle extra cheese and breadcrumbs on top for crunchy topping!!!

Sue's Review | Rating

Really easy to make! We tried adding the diced bacon as we had some. It came out of the oven looking really appetising with the golden cheese melted on top. It tasted as good as it looked, and we will certaily be trying it again!

wendy's Review | Rating

Simply, easy and quick! Children and Adults alike love it!

Natasha's Review | Rating

Top notch recipe this is for ya classic Mac n cheese!

Rachel's Review | Rating

Easy to make. Felt that it would have had more flavour with the addition of bacon, tomato etc as per the suggestions.

Annette's Review | Rating

Great quick mid week meal. Better with nice smoky bacon bits added.

Sandra's Review | Rating

Great quick and easy recipe, perfect for Sunday tea when the kids come around. Grandsons favourite.

Kim's Review | Rating

Super easy to make and tastes delicious. The whole family love it! Perfect for a weekend lunch or quick tea on a sunday night.

William's Review | Rating

Delicious and so quick ! What else can I say?

john's Review | Rating

this is yummylicious,especially with bacon!

Sarah's Review | Rating

Classic, easy recipe. Great with some added bacon and dried breadcrumbs on top

Charmaine's Review | Rating

Really easy and so tastey recipe. Loved by adults and kids.

Ian and Colleen's Review | Rating

Colleen's review

Super easy to make and no messing around making a cheese sauce. Lovely creamy cheese sauce from Heinz Watties. Added bacon pieces and some sliced pineapple chunks to add an extra dimension. Yum!

Cynthia's Review | Rating

Nice quick meal when you have had a busy day with grand kids and you come back with hungry tired little people.

Lynda's Review | Rating

Hadn't made Macaroni Cheese for ages - saw this recipe and decided to try it. So yummy! Had 2 of these in a week (a few days apart!) and will buy another jar of the lovely sauce this week. Have to have it in stock!

Jennifer's Review | Rating

So quick and easy. The second time I made it I added bacon, a dash of smoked paprika and sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top. Very tasty and the leftovers heated up the next day even better!

Carrie's Review | Rating

Loved the classic Mac, so easy and quick. Involved our grand son and he said is is now a really good cook.... Parmesan and panko crumbs added a really nice crunchier top. Many thanks

Janet's Review | Rating

Nice and easy to make very yummy well worth having in the pantry for a quick meal

Tarsha's Review | Rating

Wow. This is quick and easy and a hit with the kids. Pasta and Cheese = winning!!

Grant's Review | Rating

I love Mac 'n Cheese! A childhood favourite.

Jo's Review | Rating

This really is the perfect week night meal - so quick, easy, no fuss. I keep a jar of Heinz Seriously Good Mac Cheese Pasta Bake in the cupboard as a backup, but this recipe (with added onions and garlic) more often than not becomes a go-to!

Pamerla's Review | Rating

Love this easy to make recipe and often add a splash of worcestershire sauce to the mix.

Georgina's Review | Rating

Kids loved and so did we. Great easy meal

Melissa's Review | Rating

We will definitely make this again!! A winner with all 3 kids

Julia's Review | Rating

This is fab and easy, you can add extras if you want to such as mushrooms and cheese and bacon or just leave original. Great either way.

Wendy's Review | Rating

I made this with bacon added and it was a real hit with the family. So quick to prepare and cook. Ideal for a busy night.

Vicki's Review | Rating

Great for a super-quick evening meal, nice with a few herbs added e.g. sage, chives.

Anah's Review | Rating

Sooooooo good.

Pip's Review | Rating

Thanks for sending me the taster pack. made it today. I made the Classic Mac Cheese - very easy to make, tasted good but next time I would add some bacon and onion to make it even more tastier.

Renuka Swaroop's Review | Rating

This particular recipe puts the capital "C" in classic. It's cheese sauce and pasta, baked in a casserole dish until golden-topped and bubbly. Remarkably, it doesn't take all that much more time and effort than opening a box of the pre-made stuff.

Shyra's Review | Rating

Was so good! Everyone loved it so cheap and easy

Ngaire's Review | Rating

So quick and easy without too many dishes, tastes great and like the extra tips suggested

Shelley's Review | Rating

Quick and easy nice and creamy
both me and my father loved it but we thought it would be nice to think about making another sauce with maybe a hint of bacon flavour or bits

Sue's Review | Rating

Just delicious and SO easy and quick with the sauce out of the jar. The bacon bits take it to another level and great for using up leftover vege from the fridge.

Caroline's Review | Rating

Easy, delicious and tasty!! So quick to whip up

Veiljo's Review | Rating

Quick and easy meal, kids thought it was yum. For the adults added some smoky bacon bits which improved the flavor.

Rob's Review | Rating

Macca Cheese is always our standby quick meal for those cold winter weekend night meals - with Heinz Seriously Good Tasty Cheddar Macaroni Cheese Sauce it is so much quicker and easier! We always have a jar or three of it in our pantry.

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Faye's Review | Rating

So quick and easy tasted great to

Ailsa's Review | Rating

Made some tonight. Added some mixed vegetables & tomato. Husband & children thought it was yummy, & wanted more, but it was all finished.

Brenda's Review | Rating

Awesome receipe

Brenda's Review | Rating

Very tasty and easy to cook. Added ham and tomato for something a bit different.

Barbara's Review | Rating

Good comfort food and easy and quick. Would like with the bacon

Vicky's Review | Rating

Very quick and easy, the kids enjoyed it. A few bacon bits, onion and sundried tomatos would make it even better.

Jackie's Review | Rating

Delicious and easy to make. I added bacon, parsley and fresh chilli.

Jack's Rating
Kerry's Review | Rating

Kids loved it

Anita's Review | Rating

yum tastey dish - so easy! we added some papariki on top with some breadcrumbs before grilling. I served this with a salad. There were leftovers so nice cold or hot. I served it with sweet chilli sauce the next day for a bit of heat. For a easy work lunch just add carrot and celery sticks and eat cold.