so, yeah, doesn't smell great upon opening the bag but follow the instructions.. rinse, microwave for 1 minute, dry with paper towels.. (this gets rid of most of the original smell). I actually really like these and if you do the macaroni, mix it with mozerrella that melts well and you have homemade mac n cheese and it tastes delicious (in my opinion). Mozerralla gets sticky quick, so don't overcook. It's also good with clams and red sauce. I was going to try a pesto sauce with pine nuts once, but haven't done that yet.