One of the nice things about working for an internet company is that when people here have food related clients I get to try out new products. One of our latest campaigns is for the new Bertolli’s Oven Baked Meals.Â I picked up three different packages, the Tri-Color Four Cheese Ravioli, the Chicken Parm & Penne, and the meal I ended up trying first, Meat Lasagna Rustico:
It had been a while since I had eaten lasagna, so I was actually really looking forward to the meal.Â The bag called for a cooking time of around 45 minutes, so I took the food out and laid it in a baking pan.Â I don’t know what I expected the frozen sauce to look like, but I was very amused by the little chunks of tomato sauce.
After 45 minutes in the oven and a few minutes to melt cheese on top, the lasagna was good to go.
The flavors were failrly solid and just meaty enough to be tasty without being TOO meaty.Â It tasted like an above average cafeteria lasagna, which isn’t bad considering it’s a frozen meal.Â The lasagna fed two of us, but only with a salad and a side of bread for each of us as well.Â For about $8 retail it’s a decent, but not huge amount of food.Â I’m looking forward to trying the ravioli, but if you’re making frozen meals a lot of it is probably about convenience for you.Â Don’t look at the nutrition facts – there’s aÂ fair amount of saturated fat, but if an easy to make meal that’s better quality than salisbury steak and a TV dinner is what you crave, the Oven Baked Meals are probably a decent call.