Tuesdays are typically a hectic night at our home. The children get home from school and everyone is immediately going in different directions. There is religious school, SAT prep lessons, and often I dash home from work just in time to chauffer someone somewhere. Thus, dinner is often an activity that is fast, hurried, anuncooked. Nevertheless, I am always on the lookout for easy options that may be easy, satisfying, and not time intensive to prepare on our Tuesday evenings. Tonight I tried Michael Angelo’s Lasagna with Meat Sauce, which cost me $11.99 for two .39 ounce lasagnas.
The package clearly indicated that the item had no preservatives and the mouth-watering picture of lasagna on the front clearly drew me to the package. I wondered if my cooked version of this product would look as good as the picture.
I had two options for preparing the lasagna and elected to bake it in a conventional oven for 50 to 60 minutes since I had just enough time to throw it in the oven before dashing off to a carpool. However, I could have also microwaved the lasagna on high for 15 or 20 minutes. Regardless of which method you choose to cook the lasagna, it is conveniently cooked frozen so there are no worries about defrosting it from the freezer.
The recommended serving size was about one fifth of the package, which created a 1 cup serving of approximately 310 calories. The lasagna was a bit high in sodium with 600 mg per serving, but contained only 7g of sugar per serving and 3g of fiber. There was 7g of saturated fat and 27g of carbohydrates per serving.
I have to admit that my cooked version of the lasagna mirrored the picture and the taste wasn’t disappointing either. The lasagna was flavorful and had plenty of tomatoes and puree, which kept the noodles and cheese moist. Ricotta and mozzarella cheese were creamy and generusly flavored with basil, garlic, and fresh parsley and gave it a homemade taste. The portion size was satisfying as a side dish, but one lasagna would not have been sufficient to feed my family of four as a main course. However, it would probably be perfect for a family of three accompanied by a salad or four small eaters. There was also sufficient meat in the lasagna.
Underneath the ingredients, the package clearly indicated that the product contained milk which would make it easy for anyone with a milk allergy to identify. All family members in my house enjoyed the lasagna so I would definitely make this convenient dish again. Micheal Angelo’s Lasagna is also available in a vegetarian version.