I had planned on making some chicken on the grill last night. But, the lack of sleep we’ve been getting with our new daughter has been catching up to me and I thought working with open flames might be a bad idea. So, I decided to stop by the store to pick up something I could make in the microwave instead. After looking at a couple different things, I ended up buying a family-sized 3-Cheese Ravioli meal from Stouffer’s.
To be honest, even after putting this meal in my shopping cart, I still ended up wandering the frozen food section looking for something that would be a better alternative. There were two reasons for this. First, I wasn’t a big fan of the $9 price tag (I can make it from scratch for much less than that). Second, I have felt Stouffer’s has been going down hill lately and was afraid I wouldn’t get any sort of quality for my money.
Ultimately, the decision came down to me wanting some sort of pasta I could make in my microwave in under a half hour. Since I couldn’t find any alternatives that I knew would be higher in quality or were much lower in price, the Stouffer’s meal won out.
As it turns out, it wasn’t too bad after all.
I had promised my oldest daughter I would take her outside to play before dinner. So, while I was doing that, my wife was making this meal in the microwave. Looking at the instructions and talking to her afterwards, I learned it was pretty easy to make. She had to put it in for about 15 minutes, stir it and then cook it for another few minutes. It actually took us longer to make the salad we were having with it.
My biggest concern about the price of this item was quantity. I’ve bought too many family-sized entrees that didn’t have much food at all. However, this time around, the ravioli dinner had quite a bit in it. Again, I could make more if I made it from scratch, but we had enough to have a couple servings each and there are still some leftovers in the fridge.
The ravioli wasn’t too bad in terms of taste either. The sauce was a little richer than I like it but it was still better than expected. I didn’t have to drown it with parmesan cheese like I’ve had to do with other brands.
My only real complaint was, even though my wife didn’t cook this for as long as the instructions told her to, some of the ravioli came out so overcooked, you couldn’t eat it. However, this only affected a few pieces of the pasta. Most of it came out just fine.
Because of the price, I don’t think this is something I would buy on a regular basis. But, it did end up giving me what I wanted so, the next time I don’t have the energy to cook, it would receive some consideration.