Road’s End Organics Chreese Pasta Dinners

Product by:
Edward & Sons
Cheddar 123'z & Chreese
$2.99 per box

Reviewed by:
On April 11, 2014
Last modified:December 12, 2015


We give them points for their organic ingredients, hearty whole grain noodles, relatively good nutritionals, allergy-friendly nature and ease of preparation, but the pasta we trialed didn't hit the flavor mark. It was okay, but needed doctoring to suit our tastes.

During a recent shopping outing I spotted my opportunity to finally sample a product that has been on my radar for years, Chreese Pasta Dinners. I’d heard many moms rave about their love for Chreese sauce packets, and the Cheddar 123’z & Chreese boxed meal (Chreese dry sauce included) was on sale for an unbeatable price.

Chreese Pasta Dinners - Dairy-Free, Vegan, Select Gluten-Free

Truthfully, I really wanted to like it, but this Chreese product didn’t quite hit the mark. It was super easy to prepare, much like Kraft dinner, but without the added dairy products or questionable ingredients. However, the end result lacked oomph and creaminess, and had an overwhelming mustard flavor. I doctored it with some dairy-free creamy additions and flavor boosters (yes, including more cheesiness and salt!) and ended up with a reasonable meal that was much improved, but still not ideal and no longer quick and easy.

Chreese Pasta Dinners by Road's End - dairy-free boxed mac & cheese in several varieties (all vegan, some gluten-free)

2015 Update – I picked up another box, this time the Mac & Chreese pasta dinner – Cheddar-Style, to ensure that I didn’t catch Road’s End mid-formula change. Unfortunately, the flavor was still quite bland, even with the optional buttery spread added. I added salt and lemon juice to make it pop a bit more, but it still didn’t shout cheesy to my taste buds. That said, it was filling, and I loved the big, hearty whole wheat macaroni noodles.

Nonetheless, I think the Chreese Pasta Dinners deserves a couple of stars for the excellent certified organic ingredients and allergy-friendly nature – I mean, how could I not respect an entire line of dairy-free (and some gluten-free) convenience meals dedicated to resolving dairy cravings? I also loved that the heartier Chreese Pasta Dinners, like the Mac & Chreese, are pretty darn high in fiber (9 grams per serving) and protein (13 grams per serving).

What are your thoughts on Chreese pasta dinners? Have you tried any of the other varieties? Feel free to leave your own thoughts and review in the comments.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Chreese pasta dinners are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Select varieties are also gluten-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I like them, but they simply do not compare to Kraft’s Macaroni and Cheese, or really ANY dairy-based macaroni and cheese. Once I accepted that, I found they were pretty good 🙂 And since I am now anaphylactic to dairy, THIS is the option that I can have when I am craving some “mac and cheese”…

    The one thing I do NOT like is that it is NOT at all easy to make.

    In our household, dairy-based macaroni and cheese (we used Kraft and one store name-brand product) were prepared using the MICROWAVE. This meant they were done in under ten minutes from start to finish.

    The Road’s End products have to be made stove-top and take over half an hour. This is NOT fast. This is NOT “easy” in my book. This is time consuming and frustrating and annoying. Therefore, it is not a “treat” and not something we make very often. If they came out with a way to make it in the microwave we’d be doing it once a week or more. As it stands, with stove-top prep we’re lucky to do it once a month and in reality don’t even do it that often.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like the product, I really do. The problem is I do not like the lengthy time I have to spend making it; time that could be spent doing other things.

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