Friday, December 4, 2009

Conte's Pasta Microwave Meals

A while back I received a generous delivery from Conte's Pasta. Their raviloi are fantastic, their pizzas could use some serious work, so how did their microwave meals fare? Well we were sent at least 1 of each of their microwave meal options which come in the following meal options: Cheese Lasagna, Meat Lasagna, Vegetable Lasagna, Cheese Stuffed Shells, Cheese Manicotti, Cheese Raviloi
and Spaghetti & Meatballs.

So 1 container has 2 servings and retails for about $10. Do I think it's worth it? Well yes and no. During the heating process the meals got pretty liquidy, and with a few of the meals we actually had to drain the liquid into the sink. And due to the extra liquid the pasta really broke down and pretty much feel apart. Specifically the lasagna became more like a cheesy tomato soup, and did not retain any resemblance to lasagna.

The cheese ravioli and the shells on the other hand were better, maybe because I got smart, and half way through the heating process I removed the shells from the plastic container with the liquid and put them on a plate. I think this prohibited them from falling apart, and made the meal much more enjoyable. They had a great cheesy flavor. And we actually ran out of freezer space, so we gave a few of the meals to our gluten-consuming friends to see what they thought, and they were all generally happy with them. Those who tried the Spaghetti and Meatballs thought the meatballs were better than expected for a frozen meal, and said it slightly resembled spaghetti O's in both taste and texture.

The final verdict: A little too saucy, but the flavor is right now. With a little tweaking I think these meals could be a really good to great product option for gluten free folks.

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