The pros: Trader Joe's Meat Lasagna is an item that I hadn't noticed recently. The pasta and the cheese were fine but...
The cons: The meat was terrible. Out of the oven it was chewy and rubbery. It wasn't isolated to a couple bites either. The calorie count is pretty high so if you are dieting, please read over the label (or check this post) before purchasing.
If I had to point out a weak section of Trader Joe's, it's the refrigerated case. Not the cheeses or other fresh produce, but the prepared wraps and meals. For me, those have been the least pleasing item that I've tried. Recently, I noticed a small tray of meat lasagna and decided to give it a try.
For $6.49 you are getting a piece of lasagna that would feed two people nicely. Lasagna is a lot of work, especially if you are a smaller household. So I picked this up as a quick dinner. From the oven it's ready in under half an hour. Sadly, there are some ok things about this lasagna and some lows about eating this lasagna.
Let's start of with the things that are ok about this: the sauce has nice flavor. The ricotta between that pasta is nice a smooth, but the noodles are flat leaving you wanting more texture. The overall flavors are pretty good for something sold premade.
And now for the reason why I won't buy this product ever again. The meat. I have beef with the beef that they used here. They cut some serious corners with the package I brought home. The ground beef was like rubber. It was so chewy. It all tasted like it was the scraps of meat that was too close to the bones that no one wants. It was somewhere between rubber and chewing gum. The meat is all in the sauce and not in the lasagna itself. So while I could have scraped it off, it defeats the purpose of buying meat lasagna.
Had this been a spinach or vegetable lasagna, it would have worked because the overall flavors here work. As a meat lasagna (and a beef one at that), it does not work. I won't be buying this again and I would not recommend you to do so either. It has good potential, but the execution doesn't work.
The package of Trader Joe's Meat Lasagna:
The nutritional information:
The ingredients and how to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? No. I don't think I've ever had more rubbery tasting beef than Trader Joe's Meat Lasagna. While the lasagna was alright, the meat was such a let down.
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