The pros: Trader Joe's Family Style Meat Lasagna is an adequate meal for about 4 people in the freezer section.
The cons: There was absolutely nothing that made me say, "wow" about this product.
The verdict:I love a good lasagna, but I hate how long it takes to prepare and bake. I recently tried Trader Joe's Meat Lasagna, but came to the conclusion it was not very good because so many corners had been cut in the making of the product. I am sad to report that the freezer lasagna wasn't much better. To be fair, I've had some really good lasagnas. Neither product was anywhere close to a true homemade dish. Both were marginally edible.
Now, I like to give most products the best chance at success. I took a full 70 minutes to cook this product in the oven from start to finish. While the depiction of the image on the box looks like what I got from the top view, I assure you the slices were not nearly as pretty.
Unlike the meat lasagna found in the refrigerated section, this meat was ok. It wasn't great and it certainly wasn't plentiful or generous. It was probably the thinnest layer of meat physically possible. And while I liked the smoothness of the cheese in the refrigerated, this cheese was grainy. I'm not sure if it was an issue with the cheese or the product being frozen, but it wasn't a silky smooth texture. The sauce had a bit of spice to it. But wasn't really a good sauce, it was a marginally edible sauce. It did not have a great flavor to it. A bit of basil would have gone a long way in improving the flavor here.
Both the meat and the cheese layers were very thin, which means that each bite resulted in a poor balance. There was just too much pasta and not enough layers to highlight the gaps between the pasta. Overall, I won't buy again this again. For $5.99, there are better freezer lasagnas out there.
Here is the visual guide to what you are getting when you buy Trader Joe's Family Style Meat Lasagna:
The box of Trader Joe's Family Style Meat Lasagna:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? No. That 70 minutes could have been put to better use. Like actually making a good lasagna from scratch.
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